Sunday, April 24, 2011

As an un-published author, am I just messing around?

Not really. I mean sure, I am writing things and I can tell that sometimes people are reading them. But when an author talks about "getting published" they are talking about a bit of a grander publishing experience.

Most of the time they are talking about money. (This is not a knock in any way to people who "get published" in periodicals that don't pay.)

So far, I don't fit this qualification of being a published author. I write things, but no one has EVER paid me a dime for them. Does that mean I write low quality stuff. No, it just means that I have an un-validated quality.

Kinda like the diamond in the rough, my work has not been evaluated by people that make their living recognizing quality. But what is keeping me from it? What keeps me from submitting a novel to an agent or publisher?

And the real answer is time.

I have several works-in-progress that should become novels in length. I have one that has 16 chapters. Another that has only 8. But I know that neither of these is ready to see an editor. I have not finished them. And it is because I have other things that go on in my life.

And at times this is depressing.

I look at two of my friends that have published novels and wonder if I will ever be able to get mine done.

And then a good friend of mine reminded me that there is a middle way.

There are people that are willing to publish smaller stuff. Stuff that I write that never develops into the novel size and depth. Stuff that is good, but is more like an article or a blog post. This stuff takes a bit less time to finish than the Novel-in-progress.

And with less time, comes a greater chance to complete it.

I started posting them here. And I plan to continue to do so. Especially with the drafts. Sometimes I have to get a draft out of my head and onto the blog before I can tell what it wants to be when it grows up.

But I am getting off topic.

I was referred to a site called podcastel and they look really interesting to me. So I am developing the Periculum draft into a short story with plans to submit it to them by the end of the month. (looking at the calendar, that is 5 days away!)

Yep, that means a deadline for my writing. Not to worry. I have already grown the 700 word draft to a 3600 word story. I have a couple more scenes to write and some character development to finish with a target size of >6,000 words.

I can tell you that the main character actually gets a name. Several other new characters will also get names too. I also name the City and explain what the characters do for it. And then there is a pretty cool fight scene that has some twists.

I can't wait to see how it ends. I have 5 days to finish this. So I need to get back to work now.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fail: KFC in American Fork, UT

I have family in American Fork, UT. And for my brothers and I, the KFC on State St. was a meeting place. We liked the food, and they had tables where we would meet up talk. I should make it clear that this was all in the past.

You see the other night, Thursday, April 21st at 9:50PM my wife and I were finishing some errands. As we were driving home we saw the Kentucky Fried Chicken was open. So we cruised into their parking lot and paused to check the hours. The door said, they were open until 10PM.

We both thought that we would pull up to their drive through and ask what they had left. And then buy it. But instead of coming on the speaker and asking for our order. Or even explaining that they were shutting down and had a limited selection. A male voice said, "We are closed. Come back another day." and then there was a resounding click.

You see that click more than anything else was offensive. I didn't get to ask, "what are your hours?" I didn't get to apologize for coming late. I just got hung up on.

Since I didn't get to respond then. I have to respond this way, "I decline your offer to come back on another day. In fact, just so you know. I won't be back again."

Now I also want to say this. After being rudely hung up on at KFC, but still being hungry, we drove on down State St and pulled into the Chic-fil-a. It was now 10:15. The hours of the Chic-fil-a also stated that they were closed at 10pm. But they took our order, gave us food and were very pleasant about it.

I tried to apologize for coming late, but they wouldn't hear of it. The man at the window even explained that they stay open and keep serving food as long as there are cars in the drive thru.

Well, today, my wife and I passed by the KFC again. We looked but didn't stop. There are many places to eat, and we will go to one that wants our business even if we pull in right before closing. (or right after!)

KFC fail.
Chic-fil-a: pass, in fact A+