I’m always happy to have Olivette Devaux on the blog, because on top of a new book, she’s usually in the middle of something that makes my jaw drop and wish I was a little more confident about some things. Right now, she’s challenging herself to write a short story a week, which is a tough ask. I don’t think I’ll attempt that in a hurry, but writing shorts is fun, and Olivette Devaux has a story in tow that is nothing but fun! It features the two main characters from her Fall Trilogy – Sean and Asbjorn – and a honeymoon that goes just a little sideways…. Definitely a story for chilling out with!
Greetings and happy August, everyone!
It is my pleasure to drop by for a cup of tea in Jackie’s kitchen once again and share what I’ve been up to of late. The crazy and entirely insane “Great Challenge,” the one that entails writing a short story every week, is a bit bent indeed. I’m enjoying it immensely. The new stories that randomly pop into my head belong to existing series as well as form a basis to new, possibly exciting series! Not only that, but I’ve been submitting some of them to major magazines. If anybody bites, you’ll find out come publication time. Waiting for a response is one of those manicure-ruining exercises.
An answer too soon means a rejection.
An answer that drags on means the editor is *thinking* about it, and I now have a story like that out there. I hope they make up their mind fast so I can either cheer and sign the contract, or resubmit it elsewhere.
You might wonder… what happens to the stories that don’t get published?
They all do get published, just not through the same venues.
Eventually, they’ll all end up on Amazon and Kobo and all those other fun places where we go to find entertainment. The rule is, keep submitting, and if nobody accepts it within a year, just publish it and get on with life. This rule helps with housekeeping a good bit, because few things are as tiresome as having a hard drive full of fun reads and relegating too many of them to the magazine submission limbo at once. I like to have them where you, the reader, can find them and I am not known for my patience in the matter.
The current story is published from the road. Our family is visiting my husband’s parents in sweltering Virginia, where walks are best had shorty after sunrise and well after sunset. Iced tea and iced coffee prevail during the day and gin and tonic seems to be the drink of choice at night. Seeing people is lovely, but stories never stop and being able to retire into a quiet corner and write is a pleasant respite from feeling over-socialized.
I think that’s enough of a peek into the world of writing and small press publishing. The story I offer for your enjoyment is one that brings a huge grin to my face whenever I think of it. In terms of timeline, it befell right after Swordfall and you’ll visit with Asbjorn and Sean on their honeymoon-cum-wilderness-
In terms of my own book research, know that I have succeeded in starting a fire using a bow drill once. I took a seminar which lasted all day long. It took me a week to build up enough endurance in the right tricep to keep drilling long and hard enough to get embers instead of just smoke. If you ever have the opportunity to do the same, don’t start your fire in your front yard on a piece of concrete. If you leave the ashes in place as a proof of your well-deserved triumph, as I have done, their chemical action will crack your concrete. (Yes, I did. Yes, it did. No, not kidding!)
Be well and enjoy the last of your summer holidays,
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Newlyweds in college, recovering from a harrowing criminal case.
Asbjorn and Sean deserve a break. Since they never had their honeymoon, Asbjorn’s karate teacher Nell offers them a cabin in the back of beyond. Taking a canoe up there during spring break sounds like a brilliant idea.
An engineering major with his cell phone. A rustic viking with his hunting knife. Minimum supplies, no shelter.
What could go wrong?
Sometimes, only a trip gone pear-shaped reveals whether a couple is meant to last.
This “long-short” story fits right after Swordfall, book 2 of the Fall Trilogy.