New Book – Pocket Sized Yarns

a1442603db30bf5976af032fe712ccd2a58e2ed7-thumbA few months back, I got invited by a friend of mine, who helped me edit Terran Psychosis to do a special project. At the time it was more of an idea and to generate who was interested. The basic idea was to write a short story in 540 words (or less). When I say story, as was stipulated in the rules, is that it had to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Me, I am a novelist. Tell me to give you a full story, I’ll request 54,000 words. How do I cram that into 540 words? Then again, I managed to tell a whole story with Terran Psychosis, and that was 10,000 words, and Scrapping By, which was 8,000 words. Also, back in April, I tried my hand at a few Drabbles, which is just 100 word stories.

So why not try it?

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I can honestly say that it was one of the toughest things I have done as far as writing. I submitted two stories, and while I told the first one was good, it didn’t qualify as it had no ending. The second story they loved. Though, with all of my writing, it need the hand of an editor to make something good into fantastic.

My story is about a female gunfighter in a gun duel. Originally had sci-fi elements, but I took them out as I needed the room to fix the story. It is still a female gunfighter though. After I posted the story, I had a few people make suggestions. Most of the suggestions were good, though a few were ones I didn’t consider, as they went against what I wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong, I listen to everything and considered it, followed what I agreed with. As a writer, you should fight for what your story is. Luckily there was little fighting at all.

I then had a partner, another writer in the book, and he really challenged me. I learned a lot from him. I was back and forth with him, and might have got angry when I shouldn’t have. He was great though and understood that I really cared about my story. Definitely check out his story. His name was James Field.

Then a professional editor was brought in, and she helped me tweak my story even further, learning much from her.

The experience was awesome. Never had I written such a short story and learned so much. I think in turn, it will make me a better writer. Definitely check this out and check out the stories within.

The point of this book was to show the world that Indie Writer’s have something to offer to the world. Indie Writer’s still have a bit of a stigma as not being actual writers, and we disagree with that. Though true that anyone can self-publish anything they want, we show that you can get quality work from those who work hard putting out their own stuff. I feel this book is an inspiration to all would-be writers.



  1. saracsnider says:

    That’s a cute name for the book. I’ll have to check it out one of these days. πŸ™‚

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