I’ve put some thought into what I want to achieve from Clarion South. I also considered creating a separate blog for my Clarion bits and pieces, but that would only end up a wasteland. Besides, that’s what the blog archives are for.
I am setting this bar pretty damn high. So high, in fact, that if any previous Clarionites read this, they’d undoubtedly scoff. But here goes:
Clarion South duration: 6 weeks
Estimated word count: 120,000 (this will effectively double my short story repertoire, and possibly bring the count beyond 100, if you include the flash stories I’ll no doubt pen).
Realistic estimated word count: 80,000. 2000 words a day, give or take.
Minimum word count: 40,000.
Estimated number of stories: At least 20 (including flash).
Major project: Beyond the Black Door – 20k+ novella.
Stories I must complete:
The Moonlight Man
The Garden Shed Pact
The Beast of Boundary End
The Knifemaker of Widow South
Ideas/story fragments I want to explore:
Chromatica (flash series)
The Angel of Jihad
The Cold Shore of Gallipoli
Black Comet’s Wake
The House of Fallen Rainbows
Canned Desire and Wire-tap Love
Manufacturing the News
and many more…
Ideas for stories are thankfully something I have in surplus.
In more current news, my sure fire, excellent re-write for Ideomancer, Vows, crashed and burned. The editor liked the story, and the rewrite, but I now understand that he was looking for something I couldn’t provide. He wanted concrete, actionous details from a story I set as a wistful hindsight piece. After much cursing, I’m over it now, and have posted Vows to Realms of Fantasy.
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