Rough logo for Stygian! - Hendrick
Short fiction is the “garage band” of science fiction, claims Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, so it’s time to step on that fuzzbox and thrash as hard as you can without knocking over your mom’s weed-trimmer. Actually, I think Nielsen Hayden was referring to the fact that you can try more crazy experiments in short SF than in novels, because of the shorter time commitment of both writer and reader. But how can you become a super-master of the challenging form of short fiction? Here are a few suggestions.
I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on short fiction writing, but I have written over a hundred of the little fuckers, a large proportion of which have been science fiction-y. Here are a bunch of do’s and don’ts, that I discovered the hardest way possible.
- World-building should be quick and merciless.
- Make us believe there’s a world beyond your characters’ surroundings.
- Fuck your characters up. A little.
- Dive right in — but don’t sign-post your plot in big letters.
- Experiment with form.
- Think beyond genre.
- Don’t confuse your gimmick with your plot.
- Don’t fall into the character-based/plot-based dichotomy.
For full explanations of each item on the shortlist, click the link.
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the doctor meets the claw
Animated by ABVH [tumblr]
I am the real estate agent
I have a sonic Lady Rainicorn
my catchphrase is “AHHH IM GONNA CHARGE MY IPOD”
what the fuck even am i
I am The Lawyer
I have sonic scissors
My catchphrase is “and then there’s this asshole”
I am The Programmer
I have a sonic dog
my catchphrase is “Hell yeah”
I’m not even in this fandom
I am The Nurse
I have a sonic cell phone
my catchphrase is “I did”
I am The Nurse
I have a sonic computer mouse
my catchphrase is: “I’m about to do something idiotic…”
I am The Programmer,
I have a sonic keyboard,
My catchphrase is “I dunno”
I am the Teacher
I have a sonic pen
My catchphrase is “swag”
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I am the pharmacist
I have a sonic tennis ball
My catchphrase is “a really hot guy sent me nudes today”
I’m not even fucking joking thank god i didnt reply to my mom earlier or this wouldn’t be as funny
I am the Entrepreneur
My sonic is a coiled up circular knitting needle.
My catchphrase is “Where did you guys go?”
I am: The Acting Director of Public Works
My sonic: an iPhone
My catchphrase: “We’re trying to figure out dinner right now but I might be over a bit later” or, if received texts count “Every good story starts with trying to keep up with Scott.”
I am: The Film Professor
My sonic: my iPhone
My catchphrase: The end.
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Some ghosts haunt you to the ends of the earth…
Hey friends and followers,
I just topped 2,500 posts on this lovely website and it seems a fitting time for my first actual, thought out, text post promotion. Said fitting time coincided nicely with my having something that was worth promoting. That something is the thesis project of a very good friend of mine, Josh, so here it is:
The thesis project is (obviously) titled Stygian. I’d describe the project, but Josh does it far more justice on the Stygian Tumblr. There’s also a good rundown of the team that’s working on the project, what all the project will entail, an introduction from the creator, as well as some of the ins and outs of indie filmmaking and some honest thoughts on what it takes to go the distance. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making an indie film, this is a great blog to follow.
The project itself is ambitious, and the story is worthy of the level of ambition. That’s part of the reason I’m talking about it now, and why you’ll see more of it later. This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me, but I also promise not to overdo it, I’ve been on Tumblr long enough to know how not to be annoying. This is just the first step in a series of getting the word out, getting people talking, fundraising, and finally the actual filming. Getting the word out is important and I’m happy to do my part.
I believe in Stygian. I believe in the strength of the story and I believe in Josh and his team’s ability to execute it and make it the best it can be. For almost 2 years I’ve enjoyed listening to Josh’s ideas, and Stygian is phenomenal. He’s a talented writer, and I don’t say that lightly, I mean it. Check out the Tumblr, see what he has to say, if you like what you see, spread the word. Pass it on. It’s a pretty cool idea, and so is using the preproduction and film as an educational experience for other indie filmmakers and students.
Thank you for reading. My hope is that you’ll find Josh’s thesis project as interesting as I have and that you’ll be along for the ride as it comes to fruition and spread the word to interested friends and family members. I appreciate any spreading of the word you do, I’ll see you again in a text post come the Kickstarter launch.
All the thanks,