So I spent most of last night listening to some music (I’m currently on a Shiina Ringo/Tokyo Incidents bender) and fitting together the little pieces of a short story based on the guidelines I posted yesterday.
You know, the one about the wrong sort of leading lady.
It was not easy, it required a lot of staring at the screen and playing solitaire and what not.
But finally, I got all the bits and pieces in place, and the mechanism worked like, well, clockwork, while still leaving me enough margin to improvise and keep the narrative lively.
I had the setting – Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
I had the bad guy – a sinister mastermind of the Teutonic persuasion.
I had the character – a middle-aged spinster working as a chaperone for a bright young thing on her Grand Tour of the European capitals.
Plus a nice amount of steampunkish, Verne-esque technology, a wink at Murnau and one at Leblanc, and a tongue firmly in cheek.
5000 words, based on the general outline.
I was quite happy.
So I checked the submission guidelines again, and a sinister thought crept in.
So I checked.
The publisher is looking for straight fantasy.
So here I am with a perfectly good character and a perfectly fine outline, and I need to start all over again.
Not a problem, really – I can dream up another idea or three, and make it in time for the deadline, but…
What of the writing session I had planned for tomorrow night, to get me a first draft in one single sitting?
Well, I think I’ll do it anyway. I can always look for another place to sell my story.
Now that I don’t have a target, the story will change and grow and – hopefully – improve.
And in the meantime, I think I’ll post the character’s profile for my Patrons.
They like to get a little behind-the-scenes, and it’s good to be my Patrons.