East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Another sprint


I’ve devoted a lot of space recently to my writing, which I realize is boring to a lot of people out there.
Sorry ’bout that. This is my last writing-related post for a while.
Fact is, you know, that talking publicly about what I am about to do forces me to stick to my guns, and actually do it. It’s good motivation.
So here is what I am about to do: I am about to spend tonight revising the last bits of Hope & Glory – the plot point campaign called The Flight of the Ostrich in particular.21844978
Then I will drop everything else for two days and spend those 48 hours doing a short story about Aculeo & Amunet.
I have a few ideas I need to sort out, I can do that tomorrow morning while I am queuing at the tax office, and then I’ll start writing, and in two days I’ll have a 6000-words story, and I will submit it to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress 32.
I learned too late that the submission window for the anthology closes on the 14th of the month, that is this Sunday. And on Saturday I am away for a job, probably.
So I will have to do a sprint-writing thing, and by the evening of the 11th at the latest I need to have my story.

The anthology guidelines specify

Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about.

0c6581662f0d6b2882dded6b8741c36dWill the reader care about Amunet, when she is usually so keen telling us she does not care about anybody but herself? Hopefully so.

I’d really love to get into the Sword & Sorceress anthology – apart from being an excellent market, it is also an excellent showcase for an author.

And if I’ll get tangled in some other thing and I’ll miss the deadline, because it is a well known fact that we must expect the unexpected, well, I’ll have another Aculeo & Amunet story, and I will look for other markets.

The good bit about writing is that nothing gets wasted.
But enough talking about writing!
Wish me luck.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

7 thoughts on “Another sprint

  1. Never enough talking about writing 😉 haha, I try to keep my blog non-writing specific too. I a fiction author: I’m not trying to attract a bunch of authors to my blog, I’m trying to attract readers! and yet, writing about writing is very natural and keeps me going too. Gotta find a balance and I’ve never been good with tightrope-walking 🙂

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  2. Good luck, my friend! I can’t wait to read another Aculeo & Amunet story.


  3. Yes please keep writing about writing! I love reading this blog. I’m in awe of how much you write. I have pretensions of becoming a writer some day but just never have any ideas. I’ve started lots but never finished anything!

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    • Grit your teeth and finish at least one. Finishing a story, no matter how long, is the first step.
      As soon as you finish the first one, finishing the next will become easier 🙂

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  4. I’ll keep my finger crossed

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