just short

I don’t need another fairy-tale retelling with a side order of unspeakable horror. Not
when I’m already trying to market three other stories like that.

But even less do I need another fairy-tale retelling with a side order of unspeakable
horror that is stubbornly quitting on me two sentences short of the end.

0 Responses to “just short”

  1. ninja_turbo

    I did some research on Hijo de la luna, btw. (Don’t know if that’s what you’re talking about). The original artist near as I can tell is someone named ‘Mecano’ — People refer to it as being their song, but I’m still with you that it sounds traditional.

    Just in case you were looking at that avenue.

    • Marie Brennan

      No, I’m talking about another quasi-Lovecraftian piece, that I thought up over the weekend. Thanks for the research, though.

    • Marie Brennan

      Damn. Turns out Mecano is a group, one member of which was Jose Maria Cano, who wrote the song. I’ve asked John Savage, SF/F legal expert extraordinaire, what happens with stories inspired by songs.

  2. adehos_kitchell

    Eh… if it comes down to it, you could always lump them all together and market it as a collection… ^_^

    • Marie Brennan

      I actually hope to someday. The stories tend to be short (I think the longest one has been 1400 words), but if I get a few more of them, and get a few more published (I’ve sold three already), then I think they would make a nice little chapbook.

      Mind you, I have no idea how chapbooks happen. But if I reach the point where I think I’m ready for one, I’ll try to find out.

  3. kitsune_zen

    And they all died gruesomely ever after.

  4. unforth

    Here’s your ending: “Rocks fall. Everyone dies.”

    Good luck! πŸ™‚

    • adehos_kitchell

      Do you happen to know if anyone has actually ever successfully used that one? I’m rather sorely tempted to try it myself… πŸ˜€

  5. d_c_m

    Hmmmm… is a certain story punishing you for not liking it? Or is that the end? The story has a life/spirit of its own.

    Oh honey, if you are truly being haunted let me know. I’ll bring the black salt. πŸ˜‰

  6. laughingstone

    hi there! says you’re a writer. i’m interested in making a career out of this skill somehow. do you think you’d be willing to talk to me some about that? my email is mollystenhouse at yahoo dot com.

    • Marie Brennan

      Sorry for not responding to this sooner, but you can certainly contact me with any specific questions you have, and I’ll do what I can to answer them. Send anything writing-related to marie dot brennan at gmail dot com.

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