Monday, March 8, 2010


Sometime on Sunday, the old Graveyard rolled over 100,000 hits. That's just the counter for the home page, so I'm sure collectively it's garnered a few more than that, but I've only kept track of that one page. That may not be very many for a site that's five years old, especially when compared to similar sites, but I'm rather proud of it.

On the writing front, despite dabbling with a short story over the last week, I find myself drawn more and more to the ideas I have for novel length tales. Writing short stories was supposed to help me get into a regular groove and work out some kinks. Now I find that I'm not too eager to return to smaller projects and really want to tackle something longer. Naturally, all my ideas for longer stories involve a monster of some kind. The one word titles I use to refer to these ideas are Lair, Nest, Arisen, Parts, Hunter and Jars. Aside from the creatures, I fear that the stories are much too similar and am trying to think of ways to help them stand apart. The first one, Lair, is the most developed (I actually went on a road trip to research stuff for it) and probably the one I'd tackle first. Who knows what I'll do. Any advice?


Josh Reynolds said...

I know you said the beasties are different for each story, but damn...with punchy titles like that, I'd have had them all about the same monster/monsters just in different situations.

Lair-Man's first contact

Nest-the final battle...or is it?

Arisen-the creatures return

Parts-black market trade in creature bits

Jars-what effect do those bits have on an unsuspecting scientist?

Hunter-a lone creature-and former scientist-on the loose!

Then, that's probably not helpful at all is it? Sorry.

Barry Napier said...

A lot of my stories are far too similar, too. I had to scrp 7 or 8 last year because of it.

K.C. Shaw said...

Maybe you could have the stories be interrelated, with the same main character or something like that. That way you can have the fun of a short story and also a larger story arc that develops across all the stories. Sounds like fun no matter what you do, though!

Natalie L. Sin said...

If there's a monster, there should also be nudity.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Dang, K.C. took my thought right out from underneath me. Good luck.

Danielle Ferries said...

I like KC's idea too. And I love the idea of a road trip for research.