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Five Rules for Commuting to the Underworld

My short story is up at Strange Horizons. It contains most of the things I love about the Underworld that I couldn't fit into The Herbalist's Apprentice The Princess Curse the whatever book. And because I couldn't even use the word damn in the book, the short story drops the f-bomb a lot.

Does anyone else do this? Write strange little stories that drain away the dregs of the things you otherwise might not let go of in your books? I only ask because I've done it twice now, for this and the Jane Eyre book. I don't know that it happened with The Bitter Road, but I also confess I didn't really have a process for that book, more a bull-headed determination, and who knows, maybe some other story of mine arose from that (I don't think so). Of course, I've written 3/4ths of a novel I am alternately calling The Perfect Prince(ss) and just Prince(ss) (entirely working titles), and no short stories have arisen. But I haven't gotten into the taking-out stage.

Anyway.

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merriehaskell
Aug. 25th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
That's a good term. *coopts it*
maeve_the_red
Aug. 25th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
I can't take credit for phrase 'pendant stories' - I heard it from Liz Holliday who taught me much of what I know - but it is a good one.
maeve_the_red
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
... and I've now found time to read 'Five rules for Commuting to the Underworld' and enjoyed it very much. You keep on pointing out your stories, and I'll continue to do my best to read them, as they're worth making time for.

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