Thursday, March 29, 2012

So, that news I promised...


A few days ago, I made my first sale!

I love Hyperbole and a Half
In just a few days, my story “Bone Joiners” will appear on Kazka Press!

Among other exciting ventures, each month Kazka Press runs a flash fiction call with very specific rules. The stories always have to be exactly 713 words, and for March they asked for a sword and sorcery story involving a young woman who finds three chairs carved of bone in a broken forest.

The prompt was right up my alley, even though my fantasy stories aren't usually sword and sorcery. But man, that brutally exact word count… I have to be honest: there was a point when I was ready to give up. I enjoyed my concept, but my original draft was over 1200 words, so I had to kill A LOT of darlings, and the more I cut, the harder it was for me to see the world, characters, and story. Fortunately, my picky-reader husband believed in the story and flat out ordered me to keep going and find a way to cut and polish it in time for the deadline. So I absorbed his confidence and his editing suggestions, put on my Tim Gunn spectacles, and did my best to Make It Work. It felt great to push through the doubt and mold the story back into something I could be proud of, and it felt even better to have others like it too. I am very grateful to Kyle and Kazka for believing in my delightfully creepy bone joiners. The story should go live at the very end of this month, and I hope you'll check it out! 

9 comments:

  1. Whoo hoo! Congratulations, Jillian! :)

    (I emailed you because I tried to comment earlier but Blogger was not letting me for some reason. Hmm, we'll see if this works...)

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  2. Congratulations, Jillian!

    I've had to edit down every single one of my Kazka Press 713 submissions. One of them I had to cut almost as much as you had to cut yours. I think it's an excellent exercise for writers to go through, that process of paring a story down to a tight word limit. It really makes you think about the value of each word/sentence/idea.

    Congrats again. I'm looking forward to reading "Bone Joiners."

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to reading your story there as well.

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  3. Congratulations! That's really exciting.

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