Friday, August 17, 2012

Crossing Over

Just posting a small excerpt of one of my short stories, mainly because I want to show off the cover my brother made for me in case I want to self-pub it. Though at the moment I'm trying the subbing thing. :D

Crossing Over
Horror, Short Story, by t.pittman

A movement to his left caught Brian's eye as he turned his head to peer out the driver's window. The cloud seemed to be thinning and he could see a woman rising up between the pickup and the railing; without thinking he reached for the door handle. His first reaction was to get out and help her, but something in her movement stopped him. She reminded him of a puppet--as if someone was pulling her strings. Her arms jerked upwards while her legs worked beneath her rigidly trying to force the rest of her body into a standing position. Brian sat frozen as she turned towards the window. Her eyes were red and drops of blood fell from the corners like tears. Brian remembered seeing a dog with eyes like that once; it had been hit by a car: internal bleeding. He wondered if she had gotten trampled on.

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but if you click on it, it will enlarge the picture
If you'll notice, in the bottom left's the dragon I did in front of a moon. :D

Friday, August 10, 2012

Been Busy...

Geez, it's been a while since I posted...well, not that long.

Work has been murder on me. We've been short handed, down by three people and right in the middle of inventory time. So I've been working overtime and went in on my day off to help with inventory. This leaves little time for blogging, writing, or drawing. :/

And as I write this, I should be sleeping because I have an all day shift tomorrow. New people have been hired, but they're still in training so it'll be a week or so before my schedule gets back to normal and then... the holidays. ugh! Yes, the holidays have arrived for retail stores already, we have Halloween candy in the stockroom.

Anyway an update on my writerly things...

I have a short story, Lest Ye Forget, that I need to get subbed out again. Got positive feedback from last editor so trying it again elsewhere...

My short story, Crossing Over, needs a few tweaks and then I'll sub it out. It's kind of long, though, so if no one wants it I may try to self-pub it on Amazon. I was going to do that to begin with, but friends thought I should try subbing it out first. So, I'll give it a shot.

And then there's my novel, WIP-- One of Us. It still needs at least one more chapter to finish the first draft. Funny when I started writing it I wrote for five months straight and had it almost complete. But when I got down to the final chapters, I just sputtered out. And now I can't even force myself to open it up.  :(

Oh, and I entered a writing contest at Absolute Write. A short story. A very kind writer donated money for the winner and 2nd and 3rd place. So I figured I'd give that a shot.

So, that's what I'm doing this month. It's difficult with my job hours, but I'm not giving up. Nor will I give up on getting published. Weary and tired, but still hopeful. :)