Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Thanks to the wonder of G-docs and lunch hours, I've just finished the first draft of In From the Snow, a short story that's been kicking around for far too damn long in my In Progress file. Clocking in at a midgie's willy below 7200 words, it's the first story of decent length I've finished in what feels like forever.

I've set a target of three new stories finished before I leave for Clarion, as well as completing the line-editing of the 6 I have in draft mode. IFTS has been a long process, so I'm pleased to have it under my belt, and happy with the general shape. It's a fairly loose draft, as it's been written in a series of short bursts over a long period, rather than my usual habit of quickly blasting through the 1st draft and taking time over the fix-ups in drafts 2- : there are plenty of POV changes, a few holes here and there, and lot of slippage, but the spine has a good, solid feel, and it'll all come together in the fix up.

Mother rape, fratricide, cannibalism, retro-futurism, the Sawney Bean template.... all good, clean fun fun fun fun :)

Now to turn my attention to Mister Snopes, my attempt at a fairy tale for bad adults. It's nice to feel so invigorated.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finishing the piece. Also on your 2006 Aurealis shortlistings. Fingers crossed you hit the winner's circle again!

I tried to email you but got bounced back. Can you email me when you get a sane moment? *g*

Unknown said...

Hi Karen,

Call me a crazy old ignoramous, but, errrr, what shortlistings? I haven't seen anything or had any contact from anybody about them.

Do you have a supersekrit identity we should all know about :)

Our email address is or try

Unknown said...

Ohhh, that list......