On Simmering Stories

A month ago, I learned of a forthcoming open-call anthology with a rather unique subject matter.

I read about it, thought it was a neat idea, printed off the submission guidelines, and then did very little.

Oh, I spitballed a few ideas on the train one morning, filled a whole sheet of notebook paper with little half-blurbs of possible ideas.

One I liked a great deal, because the more I thought about it the more potential I saw in it. I saw depth to this idea, and thus I loved it even more.

Then I did ten minutes of research. And discovered that two people who I thought were near contemporaries (within a decade or two at most) were, in fact, separated by 150 years.

Obviously, the idea needed a rethink.

An idea did suggest itself. The century and a half could actually work; perhaps the story would be best served by exploring the things we think we know (near contemporaries) with what is real (that 150 years thing). But I wasn’t sold on that, and I thought about some of the other ideas that I’d dismissed.

Still, I downloaded a book for research purposes from Google Books, and I found another researchy book at Edward R. Hamilton for very cheap.

And then I didn’t think about anything at all; the past month has been somewhat hectic.

The book from Edward R. Hamilton arrived yesterday. I read a little of it in bed last night.

This morning, the story practically screamed at me on the train.

I wrote a page of notes. Something I thought would be important I ditched entirely. The whole century and a half thing disappears by ditching that aspect I thought was important. In so doing, some new angles suggested themselves.

And now I see theme. I didn’t see theme before.

I don’t have the time to write this just yet. I have some research still to do, like finish the two books, one downloaded, one bought. And I should take a look at some history books, too. But I also have other writing that’s screaming at me — and is also more pressing and more important.

That said, I am coming back to this story, before the end of the month.

For right now, I shall call it “TSS.”

It’s going to be really cool. And that’s all I have to say about that. :spock:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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