April was a month of surprises for me—good ones. First, I finished both short stories in the MK1 world. Second, both short stories came in under 5k words. This is huge for me. I have a terrible time writing short and almost everything I write ends up longer than I expected. Novelette (7.5-18k) seems a more natural length for me. So, to have two stories below 5k to submit is amazing.
There are a lot more markets to sell short stories to at 5k than at 8k+. Which was another surprise for me. I haven’t submitted a short story to a market in over 5 years. 5 years! I had switched back in 2016 to writing novels (I have written 5 in that time), so it’s not like I’ve been idle or giving up writing. But it did surprise me to realize it had been that long since I had been submitting.
Now with the two 5k stories and the 8k novelette I wrote a couple months back, I have some pieces to put into rotation and I’ve already submitted them to some markets. Should be an interesting few months submitting them around (fingers crossed!).
But now that that’s all wrapped up, I’ve decided to turn my attention back to Sunken City Capers and write book 5 to close out that series. I’ve done a little bit of brainstorming and I have a vague idea of where I want everyone to end up, but no idea how to get there. That’s okay though, when it comes to Isa and Puo, that’s the fun part and they always surprise me. For now, I’m doing a re-read of the series and once that’s done I’ll start brainstorming in earnest with an eye to begin drafting.