Since the last time I posted, I’ve had a few published pieces:
This is my first published poem – a fun, light piece aimed at writers and their obsession with big words. I enjoyed writing it and was delighted to see it published in Page & Spine. They showcase excellent fiction as well. Do check out the site and read the stories.
- The Red Ants in eFiction India Volume 5
This is my first published YA story. A teenage girl is dragged into a football competition, and is petrified about playing and making a fool of herself. Maybe she will get lucky and not have to play after all, or will she?
Work continues on the Short Story Challenge. I submitted my first sci-fi story to the group and to my surprise it wasn’t torn to shreds. Issues were pointed out gently, of course, which proved quite a relief for me. This was also the longest story I’ve written to date, clocking in at around 4,500 words. This, from a person who couldn’t string together a flash fiction piece even if pressed to do so at gunpoint. As I sent in the story, it dawned on me how I’d grown from writing short pieces devoid of meat to 5000 word tomes that had to be pared down rather than fluffed up. It’s a welcome change, and I hope I can continue in this vein.
When I’m not writing in my spare time, I’m watching TV. The last few months I’ve become engrossed in House of Cards, and Elementary. Both have sharp writing and dialogues, and are a treat to watch. Of course, I’m honing my writing skills watching television! Who says I’m only getting entertained?
Speaking of television, a recent ad quite amused me:
Presenting, the Daddy Cool ad of Blue Star AC:
It reminded me of Christopher Walken’s superb performance in Fatboy Slim’s video:
Enjoy both the masterpieces of dancing!
Congrats for the short stories, Gargi and way to go. I am planning to revive an old story written way back in 2010. Any tips how to inject some freshness in the story?!
You may not want to hear this, but I would suggest to rewrite it from scratch. That way it will be fresh using whatever you’ve learnt in the years since then. You can always copy-paste the gems from the earlier version at a later time.
Oh!!! I know!! Now, I’m having second thoughts but lemme mull over it to give it a shot:)
You’re on fire!
LOL! Thanks, Nina. Your work plays a big part in inspiring me!