The Alehouse Door, by Henry Singleton via Wikimedia Commons
I wrote a lot of short stories last summer, which is good, because in short stories you have to be sparing with words.
This need for economy has really helped with my personal writing bugaboo, giving too much background info. When you are writing to a specific word limit, you have to choose your words carefully.
This means the only background that can remain in the tale is the minimum background that the reader must know for the tale to make any sense.
Some of what I wrote was a serial, for Edgewise Words Inn, a series of tales set in the village of Bleakbourne, on the Heath river. Bleakbourne is an unusual town, being the crossroads for the fae and mortal worlds. Many strange things happen there, and Leryn is the young bard who records it all.
Two installments have been posted, and several more are set to post as autumn progresses.
If you are curious, the link to chapter one is here: Bleakbourne on Heath: Tenneriff’s Curse and the link to chapter two, the Demon Knight is here.
That tale was inspired by a photo of a Castle Folly I saw on Pinterest. I love Pinterest, but I get most of my inspiration and ideas from Wikimedia Commons, just randomly searching the classical art there.
I also find that lots and lots of time just sort of dissolves as I am doing that–perusing the great art of the masters is as much of a time-eater as Facebook, but without the memes.
However, the temptation to turn them into memes is sometimes overwhelming. I look at them, and wonder what was going through their minds at the time the painter caught them. Probably it was “Please make him paint faster,” but you know I can just leave it at that.
Sometimes it’s hard to contain myself when these wonderful images give me so much food for thought.
If you happen to be at out and about Saturday the 10th of October, in the Renton area south of Seattle, stop in at the AFK E&E, and visit my friends who will be signing books and having a great time in general. They will be Reading in the Dark, and the event will run from 2:00pm to 9:00pm in the back left of the restaurant.
- AFK Elixers & Eatery
- 3750 E Valley Rd.
- Renton, WA 98057
You will find these great authors: A.J. Downey, Jeffrey Cook, Lee French, Sechin Tower, Tina Shelton, and Shannon L. Reagan and several more. I can’t wait to see what they are offering us!