brandietarvin (brandietarvin) wrote,

A running start

So it's barely been a month since Viable Paradise and apparently my beast doesn't want to waste time revamping the novel. Or maybe it's my editor. I can't tell. Regardless, the "me" inside of me wants "Submission Ready Material NOW, please."

And the "please" part of that statement is just an after thought.

So I revamped an earlier published work, "The Monster of Mogahnee Bay," for first time submission to an electronic market. Got that sent off last week. Today I just finished third or fourth re-write one of my VP assignments and sent it off to another electronic market, Flash Fiction Online.

For those without Tribal Knowledge who may go forward into the wilderness journey called "the Workshop Experience," I won't spoil the fun by speaking of details. Suffice to say, it was one of my scenes.

For those with Tribal Knowledge, I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Of course, if the bugger gets published, you might actually be able to guess the assignment details. One specific reference is rather blatant. The other references are subtly buried in the work. I hope.

So, two submissions in four weeks. Not bad. But they'd both been written by the time VP was done, so I'm not sure if it's cheating. My beast wants more. It wants to ram out submissions by the bucketful. I'm not sure if my inner editor can handle the stress of it though. I've got three unpublished short stories that I wrote before VP. I'm debating whether or not I should polish those again. Or if I should concentrate on my novel.

Decisions, decisions.

In the meantime, what do y'all think of happy endings?

I've written stories where the protagonist wins and all is well with the world, or where she wins and not all is quite well with the world. But I've also written stories about the un-winnable fight (is un-winnable even a word?). Stories where the world is the world and the protagonist is screwed no matter what she does.

So this is my question for any blog readers who may care to comment. Would you read a good story even if there was no way for the protagonist to save the day? Thoughts and details appreciated.
Tags: happy endings, short stories, submissions, viable paradise

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