When I posted “NaNoWriMo 2018: Late to Camp“, we were already in the second week of July. I’d committed to a new project and no cabin for encouragement. Feeling alone and behind schedule makes for an intimidating start.
Fortunately, Camp is far more relaxed than the big NaNoWriMo challenge in November. A few people joined me in a new cabin. They helped me commit to my goal.
Fifty (50) pages. Rewrite / Rework and polish several short stories to make them ready again for market submissions.
✅ Grot: 20 pages (Queer Historical Fantasy)
✅ OneL: 4 pages (L/L Sci-Fantasy)
✅ Bloo: 6 pages (Dark Contemporary)
✅ Fami: 4 pages (Science Fantasy)
✅ Conn: 8 pages (Urban Fantasy)
⭕ Vamp: 8 out ~10 pages (Dark Fantasy)
The checks are for finished stories. I also wrote at least one new story from scratch, with characters I hadn’t worked on before. The most recent newcomer to my story files is flash fantasy.
My virtual backpack is full of the thousands of new and polished sentences collected this month. I want to thank all the Scribes for Queer Stories members for helping me focus. You three gave me a reason to log on and encouragement in the story that’s the hardest for me to finish.
Horror Lesson during Camp
Genre labels are hard! When works fit into multiple sub-genres, choosing which one feels the most accurate can take a few tries. I changed the genres of several stories through the month.
One of the lessons I’ve learned this month is that recognizing a horror story is a unique challenge. In most literary categories, a general consensus determines the categories’ boundaries. As a genre of emotion, the responsibility for choosing the Horror label is placed on the author. What was the author’s intention?
I wrote in “Hands Writing Ire” that “I’m not sure I can understand the writer whose primary goal is to frighten or disgust readers.” Now I’m not sure that wanting to disturb readers “encourage new thoughts and feelings” is significantly different.
What is the story when frightening and disgusting the readers is the intention to create another mood?
Let’s talk about that next week. I’ll gather published opinions during the wait.