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The End. ... or the Beginning
Both, actually. I retired from computer drafting, and started writing July 6, 2019. I began by writing a magazine article (still in progress) mainly to learn
, the software I am using to write with.
It was not until August 14, 2019, that I started writing my first short story. This is when I started writing, seriously, obsessively, constantly, and without over-using words ending in 'ly'.
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August 14, 2020
I will issue an email newsletter known as 'The Newb Files' on a monthly basis starting August 14, 2020.
Additional content including sporadic, free short stories (which may include ebooks) will be available. Monthly email newsletters may include:
- News and/or In Progress
- Read Something: Stories and/or story fragments
- Monthly Newb Moment: Yes, you too can write, I am
- Opinion Pieces relating to the craft and art of writing
... or anything else I want.
Below are links to a few short stories I wrote. The first three are the results from an exercise in 'voice' for the diyMFA 101 writing course I took in the spring of 2020. The fourth is the second short story I ever wrote, which I wrote as an entry for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize.
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Science Fiction/Fantasy/Western (Foul Language/Mature Content)
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Monthly Newb Moment
I started writing my first short story mid-August 2019. Having started, I just typed, head down, as fast as my index fingers could go.
When I stopped and looked at the monitor to read what I had just written, it looked. ... odd. I picked up a book and scanned for dialogue. Yep, I had no double-quotation marks in the dialogue I had just written. OK. Good to know.
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Eric C Bailey, August 14, 2020
The Newb Files, Science Fiction and Fantasy
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