Thursday, April 2, 2015

Short Story for Unbound Delivered

Yesterday I sent Shawn Speakman my final version of "The Game" a short story to be included in his Unbound anthology. I really like the way it turned out. I'm a bit embarrassed because it was a day late, (Shawn wanted the stories by then end of March). But as some here already know I've been working on finishing up the last book of the First Empire, and it's just really hard to shift gears that close to the end of a five book epic.

The good news is I wrote this a few Christmas's ago and set it aside for Shawn as I thought it would be an excellent fit for either Unbound or his upcoming Unfettered II anthology. Robin, as always did my editing - and man she really out did herself with this one.

As is always the case, we have heated debates over editing. There was one "concept" in particular that she found was just too hard to understand (or maybe I wasn't doing a good enough job explaining it).  But the real genius came from reworking the end.  She wasn't happy with my rather rambling 1,124 word ending and we decided the book could stand well without  it.  I had to agree with her and the new ending was much better.  But still not perfect.  A little more brainstorming and the light went on. Now in just 191 I got the ending that I thought was the perfect punctuation to this short. I can't wait until it's released and other can start enjoying it as well.


  1. I've per-ordered my copy. I can't wait to read it.

  2. Well, now that's getting an insta-bump to the top of my to-read pile!

  3. Not all are true. Everyone has their own way of thinking but I think they have to reconsider. I like to argue for the most accurate results.