A while ago, I made a post and mentioned that I'd submitted my science-fiction short story "Apologies" for consideration of publication. Well, as happens to virtually all writers at some point, my story was rejected. I didn't get a lot of details -- just a form e-mail that essentially said it just "wasn't right for us at this time." I confess that it's frustrating, but at least their turn-around time was relatively quick.
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Because I choose to keep on writing. "Apologies" is going back out again to another potential publisher, and I'm (slowly) working on several other writing projects, including an idea for a novel that won't go away, no matter how hard I try to convince it that I simply don't have the time.
But in the spirit of "keep on writing." I also have another Prehistoric 50-word story to share. I really appreciate all the kind words of support in the comments from my last post where I talked about submitting two micro stories to Tim Sevenhuysen's 50-Word Stories for the upcoming Prehistory Contest. So I thought you might like to see another one. Here's a second story that didn't make the cut -- a visit once again with Oona and Og:
The Birth of Literacy
Oona found Og gouging the cave wall with a rock.
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And finally, since I haven't made a musical post in a while, let me offer you a piece from wikiloops where I added two guitar tracks to a reggae jam. The original drums were done by the user "nofish," keyboards were then added by user "rastafari", and the user "Carpenter" added bass. I added a rhythm guitar track and a lead track. I called it "Rasta Reggae Redux" since the previous version of the Jam was called "Rasta Reggae." You can listen to it HERE or click on the icon.
Because the jam was so structured and full, I didn't want to clog it up with too much guitar. And the horn fills in the middle break were so cool, I wanted to complement them instead of overpower them. So this is a track that shows that I don't have to layer tons of improvised guitars to a piece, that a coherent part designed to be part of a tune can also be a lot of fun to do, and that many times -- just like in writing -- less is more.
Thank you very much for reading and for listening -- I really appreciate it!