You know, I feel like I did this last year, too. Dove into the Write-a-thon with both feet, conveniently forgetting a few salient facts. In this year's case, the facts I overlooked are these:
1) The end of June is the end of the fiscal year for the University of Iowa, and I support and develop financial applications for the University; and
2) I'm going to spend just about every waking hour of next week in Laramie (or driving to and from Laramie) to learn about astronomy
In short, I haven't had the time to work on fiction, nor will I.
But I have this week, and let's hope I can get something done this week.
What do we have up? *drumroll, please*After The Land of Dragons(A working title, which cribs too much from the excellent After the Dragon by Sarah Monette, which you should definitely read.)
It's a story about shattered communities, altered bodies, collateral damage, and unexploded landmines, except that the landmines are really dragon bits. Fun times!( It's a thinly-scaled political allegory. And that was a horrible pun. )
I wrote the first draft of this for my Iowa City crit group, who unanimously told me that it needed to be a novel. I think that with a bit of tinkering and clarifying the arc and focus, I can make it work as a short story first. Let's see if I can, this week.
Oh, and have an excerpt, too!( Excerpt under the cut. )
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