The Writing Groove: Getting It Back


Well, last night proved to be good for my mental health. I churned out 1203 words, some in The Spellweaver of Dern and some in a new short story that I just had to write because it was driving me nuts. The new story is being called “Steam Engines” at this point, because it lacks a true direction and lacks a fancy title. However, it involves disaster in a world where magic is provided by great steam engines suspended by chains attached to floating islands. Right now it’s focused on the family of the man who is in charge of maintaining the engines and what happens to he and his family when the engines stop and he can’t fix them. It’s a really interesting story right now. Don’t know where it will go, but we’ll see.

In other news, now that I’m back into writing I can finish up a lot of my stories and then do that horrible thing called “Editing”. I hate editing in more ways than one. It’s terrible; I should just learn to write well enough to not need editing…ha!

I think on the top of my list will be the two fantasy shorts I’m writing, one of which is finished, the other almost finished. I want to get them up to publishable quality and out the door. Then I’d like to finish this new one and “Soul For Sale.” There are only a few stories I think are only a few inches from publishable, and it is those stories that I want to focus on.

And having said all this I think I have sufficiently wasted enough of your time!

(Don’t click the read more, there isn’t any more after this!)

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

2 thoughts on “The Writing Groove: Getting It Back

  1. You only read the first paragraph…if you wanted to know what the engines were for you shouldn’t have stopped and got all upset that I didn’t explain everything in the first paragraph…

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