Insecure Writers Support Group 2 June 2021: How Long Do I Ferment My Stories?


June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

Well, what do ya know? I actually published the post on time this month! Will wonders never cease?

The answer is, it depends. The Cloned Heat series of m/m erotic sci-fi shorts get written, edited, and published in the space of a month unless Amazon decides to dick me around, which is always a distinct and unsavory possibility.

You can check out the Cloned Heat series here if you like short stories that are dude-intensive, heavy on the heat, and a little bit tongue in cheek. These stories are always free to read with Kindle Unlimited or $0.99 apiece to purchase.

If you prefer not to feed Amazon (I feel like I'm selling my soul a little bit every time I do) you can download the PDF for each story by subscribing to my Patreon for just a buck a month.

And now I have a little riddle for you.

What's the favorite beverage in the Cloned Heat Universe?

A timeless classic. That one never gets old!

I self-publish most of my own work, but I occasionally submit pieces for rejection in other places. One such piece was the recently published (as in just published yesterday) Dark Matters, which is the first book in the Satellite Blues series. 

Dark Matters was rejected for inclusion in the IWSG Dark Matters anthology, which I expected it to be because I have a track record of being an acquired taste that the IWSG team has not acquired. It was fermenting in its folder since September of 2020. I broke it out yesterday, made a few minor alterations, and published the sucker. 

Dark Matters is available to read free from Kindle Unlimited, or you can own a copy for just $1.99.

On the other hand, I am still working on formatting my third poetry volume, December Mood, because FML. I have not even started editing The Wizard's Key, which is the second book in the Tales from the Dreamlands series. The first draft was finished on April 15 of this year. 

So, as you can see, other than the monthly erotica serial, I don't have a set amount of time that I leave between completing and editing my work. I feel like I'm really behind schedule with most of my editing projects.

That's about that for this month!

~Thus Spake Ornery Owl~

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  1. "I occasionally submit pieces for rejection in other places." LOL! I thought I'd avoid that problem when my writer friend and I started our own publishing company. I STILL haven't published a novel.

    I've always loved Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp. They so perfectly personify the real thing.

    1. Si and Am were (and still are) among my favorites in childhood. I wished there was more of them in the movie!
      I had a very large, bulky Siamese cat called P.E. (short for Public Enemy #2.) We (my ex-husband and I) got him in 1992. I knew something was wrong when he started rapidly losing weight. I had to have him put to sleep in 2007.
      I'm a pretty prolific writer. The problem comes when I finish a piece (other than the erotica shorts.) I end up looking at it and going "oh, hell, now what do I do with this?" I have a huge backlog of material that I need to answer that question for.

  2. I am always in awe at your productivity. And acquired taste or not, like a great deal of your writing. Sorry I have been a bit missing in action of late. I am starting to poke my head above the parapet again.

    1. My productivity rhymes with ADHD and, oddly enough, ADHD is the reason for my productivity. I always have to be doing something, and I tend to hyperfocus, usually on writing. I suck at housework, and it shows.

  3. Sorry your story didn't make it but it's obviously found new life elsewhere.

    1. Most of my writing ends up being too dark to be accepted, although I'm editing the piece I submitted in 2018 and it was kind of obvious that I rushed it through at the last minute. (In fairness, it was pretty dark too.) I've had to do a lot more editing on it to get it ready for publication than I did with Dark Matters, to which I made just a few small changes.
      I never expect my work to be accepted in other places that I submit it to, which means I'm never hurt when it isn't.

  4. Sounds like you have a pretty good routine. I imagine it is one of the awesome perks of self-publishing, too!

    1. My routine is mostly "throw it at the wall and see what sticks." My sleep schedule is a hot mess. I love writing at night, but I don't love sleeping during the day. A lifetime of ADHD, a screwed-up endocrine system, and years of working the night-shift have ensured that my sleep schedule is in the upside down a lot of the time. Plus, now we're in the three to four months of scorching hell part of the year. Heat makes me sleepy.


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