The Writing Front: A bit of success.
Two months overdue for implementation, I finally made a run to the Business and Tech Campus in order to use their library. Of the campuses, the BTC is closest and in many respect, perhaps under utilized. It has an additional benefit in that most folks do not know me well there. The recon run was designed to assess the facility for use as a place of quiet study and perhaps get a bit of writing done.
The BTC Library happens to have a small study room which is perfect for my purposes. They don’t mind beverages so long as you keep them out of the computer lab, different from Maple Woods, which basically makes it clear that you can’t have any beverage at all. Thus I turned on the light, closed the door, wrote three simple objectives on the dry erase board and powered up the computer.
Sadly, there was one brief fly in the ointment. There was a screaming kid in the corridor during the writing effort. However, the walls muffled the brat for the most part and the librarians told me that children were not allowed into the library at all.
Thus I was able to grind out 500 words of exploratory material for a new protagonist. Now whether or not this gets anywhere is beside the point at the moment. What is important is that it will be possible to move forward on a number of fronts, writing being the most obvious, Fall prep being the most vital, and study for the upcoming Spanish class as a close second.
The other bit of bad news?
The rear tire on the ZX-2 blew out, following the front tire by two months. I’ve got to admit, and my mom agrees, we’re not happy with this batch of tires. We may try something else in the future.
So it goes.
A new home away from home which provides silence and solitude may well enable me to get some of my sanity back. Perhaps I’ll get the writing career moving forward again as well.
Short Story Availability
In other news, apparently neither The Limb Knitter nor Tearing Down Tuesday are available for free at present at the Apex Book Company website. I’m not entirely sure why they drop off the site, then are available, then aren’t again. It seems to happen without rhyme or reason.
The good news is that if you really want to read Tearing Down Tuesday, you can find that for your Kindle at Amazon.com. I suspect $2.99 is probably too much to charge for that one. In the meantime, I believe Apex has the rights to The Limb Knitter for five years from the publication date of Descended from Darkness Volume One. Thus those rights revert to me in 2013 or 2014. Maybe by then, I’ll have other stories to bundle into a collection.
Steven Francis Murphy
Author of The Limb Knitter and Tearing Down Tuesday
North Kansas City, Missouri