For the foreseeable future, it’s my last Wednesday afternoon off to spend writing. Nothing’s certain in this world though, and someday I may be back, on the couch typing away while everyone else is at work earning money. At any rate I have had a very productive week.

On holiday I wrote two and a half new short stories. The first one is a very dark little thing called “Mabel cleans the hotel bathroom” and if anyone is interested in taking a look at it and offering me some critique in return please let me know. Warning: includes feminist themes, content may offend.

The second is an experiment in withholding information and exploring the little ways couples needle each other. I wrote it in Borders, Queen St using one of the prompts I got at Te Papa the other week. I rather like it, but I’m not sure if it finishes too abruptly or not. I shall have to take a look at the structure when I type it up.

The third is just a fragment so far but it’s a post apocalyptic Victorian-ish thing answering the question ‘what if the common cold didn’t kill the Martians in War of the Worlds?’ I think it shows promise, if I can wrangle an actual plot out of the idea.

I also did some very good editing on WtWTCH? being as I am, much inspired by the feedback Steve has given me. I have been amping up the worrying that my protag does about stuff and I think it’s making things pop a bit more. I’m quite excited about how this edit is looking so far and it’s increased my confidence in the manuscript no end.


Very good point about being an extrovert and a writer from Doyce Testerman. I think I have this issue too, look at all the work I’ve had done since the feedback session with Steve.

In praise of reading aloud as an editing tool. I do this for short stories mostly, or chapters of novels that are giving me trouble.

Great interview Steve sent me the link to a couple weeks back with Cat Rambo, about editing, writing, steampunk and speculative fiction.

“You write what only you could write”
~ from You know you’re a writer when…

and just to contrast that….

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

That was for a chunk of text from WtWTCH? I tried again with text from a short story ‘One man hide and seek’ and got this one:

I write like
Margaret Atwood

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


6 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Hah, I got Pahlaniuk on that meme as well, but just from a lengthy comment I left on a discussion post rather than anything formal.

    Is your Atwood-result from a first person pov? Because she is almost always 1st person.

    Would be quite interested in seeing Mabel.

  2. I won’t EVER be offended by feminist content 🙂 and would like to read Mabel after the weekend if you think it would be useful… I promise not to mess with your sentence structure unless you want it cut to a word limit!

  3. I’d like to read ‘Mabel’- would you cast a weather eye over one of mine in return? It’s Leonard Cohen-inspired, if that helps tempt you…

    • there is one, it was just late. That’s what you get for me going out for drinks after work and then straight out for Fall 🙂

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