Wednesday, May 15, 2013

An Update on the Sword and Laser Anthology

(There are more photos like this one below, I just added it at the top to intrigue the casual blog reader)
In my previous post, I mentioned that I'd been a bit lackadaisy about getting around to writing the short story I was going to submit to Sword and Laser's anthology. I was at a bachelor party for a friend, and I had a lot of yard work to take care of (excuses, excuses) and I was having a hard time finding time to just sit down and write. After writing that post, I had hundreds (no—thousands!) of fans email me, concerned that I wouldn't get the story done in time. It's due May 15th! they would yell at me. 

Well, everybody, you can let out a big sigh of relief (just not all at once—lest we blow the Earth off it's orbit). I finished my story, edited it, and submitted it in time for the deadline. In fact, after submitting the story I wrote for Sword and Laser, I realized I could submit up to three stories, so I submitted another story that I had on hand. So, yeah. It wasn't much of a deadline, since it didn't really matter if I submitted a story or not, and most likely my story won't get accepted, but it feels nice to have a soft deadline and finish on time for it. 

I intend, after posting this update, to work on another short story. I've been thinking about it for close to half a year now. I originally had the idea while working on my book, but I didn't want to step away from writing the book to write the story, so I put it on the back burner. I think that was a good thing, because I've thought of several new elements to add to the tale that will make it more interesting. I won't say much, except that I was ready Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman when I thought of major parts for the story, and I expect the finished product to be in that same vein (minus the sex). 

Also, another thing I've been working on that has nothing to do with writing is . . . night photography! Now that the weather's warming up a bit in Minnesota I've been spending some time out of the house trying to capture the unique lighting of the night. Here are some photos (I suggest clicking on them to make them bigger):

(Self portrait, using a flash. 30 sec. exposure)

(13 minute exposure—you can see the Earth spinning!)

(Willow tree on golf course)

(Interesting horizon on golf course)

(This is a tree. I tried to climb it, but that first branch was too high.)

(I'm in this one, can you find me?)

(Pond at night)

(The 18th tee)

(I'm in this one . . . twice!)

Well, hopefully everyone's having a great May. 

Happy writing!