Friday's Flames

Actualizado: 4 de abr de 2020

Yesterday, the day after my rather large twenty-seventh birthday celebration with my family, I sat down and edited seven short stories. Of course, I wasn't doing it alone. If I was editing myself, there would be no way for me to find any of the mistakes or plot holes. This is what an editor is for. My editor happens to live a town away from mine, so we sat on her sofa and went through seven tales.

Five of them only needed minor fixes, and two of them I have to delve back into, creating a third or fourth draft of each. There are, in all, twenty-one short stories that need at least one more rewrite. We got through seven. The five complete stories are not a part of the twenty-one.

Twenty-six stories are getting ready to be included in my second short story collection, Horripilate. There is, however, one thing that I might add to those tales, and that's edited versions of every story that was in the self-published Thistle: 16 Short Stories.

When I'd written those first sixteen, it was before my year-long venture to the hospital. It was in a time of my life when I wasn't so sure of my writing, nor how to tell those stories.

Now that so much time has passed, I have rather different ideas of how those tales should be told, such as "8x10," which you can find here. It's completely rewritten, with different language and a different ending. "8x10" needed a closing that would punch you in the stomach and then slap you in the face. Hopefully, I delivered.

However, the original can still be found in Thistle, which is a self-published ebook you can either find on Apple Books or the Etsy store.

One part of having a website and keeping it updated is creating content for said website. That's one of the most difficult parts of creating: to keep creating. Sometimes, making good stuff in a timely manner, rather than 'just creating stuff' is the hardest part. There are too many things to do, and far fewer hours in the day to be able to do everything I have to.

Sometimes, it's so exhausting that I do a total shut down for two days. I know I need to add as much as I can to this place so that it doesn't slow down -- which it very well could and very well does.

Anyhow, because my editor is as busy with life as most of us are, it's difficult to pin her down to edit. She has her own dreams, her own routine, her own schedule, and the best I can do is pin her down when she's pin-able.

So, we edited seven short stories yesterday, five of which are complete and two of which needed more editing. Today, I edited one of them. The other one needs more in-depth revision.

I'm also thinking of recording myself reading "8x10," "Clothes All Over," and my poems, but as of right now I don't have a silent place to read them. Once I do, I'll most likely be doing so.

Nevertheless, I will continue to do as I've been doing. Tomorrow will be much more of a weekday and workday for me since I took a day off for my birthday on April 1st.

Yes, I was born on April Fool's Day and the first day of National Poetry Month!

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Helena Ortiz

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