Thursday, April 20, 2006

Making Your Story Less Sucky 101

The story posted down below (What I Did On My Summer Vacation) is yet another one of my famous "stories in progress" which basically means that it's been around for a while, probably been untouched for a while, and yet I am not quite satisfied with it to the extent that I can call it finished.

Despite its unfinished state, it was published by a small Nordic literary journal in May/June 2005. The editors assured me it was fit to be published, and against my better judgment, I signed the release forms. I have since suspected that they were simply pressed for material.

Currently, I am working on decreasing the suckage of the story with the jaunty and talented V. I don't plan on ever re-submitting it for further publication; I guess this particular editing process is more for my own peace of mind.

V and I are new at working together. I have always been leery of sharing my work, so it was only after assuring myself that this mysterious person was the very finest make and model of Muse that I sent this story with more than a little trepidation.

Between the two of us, V and I are armed with a psych degree and a philosophy degree, neither of which is currently in use other than for our witty repartee. We enjoy huge egos, Tenacious D, and a disdain for the filet o'fish. You can already tell that we are a writing partnership made in heaven.

Anyway, the consensus was that there was no "choking of the vomit" after reading the story, which I take as a positive sign. If you're interested in the other comments, read the story, and check the section further below.


At 1:00 PM, Blogger Prerona said...

hey! thanks for dropping by my blog. i too have tonnes of stories that I cannot / donot finish. They are all up on my other blog (

At 3:43 AM, Blogger The Corporal said...

Choking on Vomit. I can't imagine a worse fate, actually. Well, there's probably choking on poo, but, the logistics of that... Dear Jesus.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger ozymandiaz said...

All of my stories are unfinished...I blame it on inebriation.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Phil W said...

Nordic literary journal, eh? That's interesting.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger SafeTinspector said...

Unfinished projects are the bane of the creative individual.
I sometimes read crappy books and wonder how they got published. The answer is probably that they simply got finished.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Jay said...

That is a very depressing thought.

Phil - interesting? I guess. I actually have a copy in my possession (the editors were thoughtful enough to realize that the mag was not in Canadian circulation). Depressingly, I can pretty much only read my own contribution.


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