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Apple Pie in the Sky?

I’m not writing about Maisie. But ya gotta look at a picture, OK?

It’s a problem, isn’t it? What can I say that hasn’t been said multiple times, or that isn’t more me-me-me?

I could talk about Maisie forever, but you may not appreciate it. I’m doing my best to come up with alternative topics. GD is keeping his end up, and Sue is doing a marvelous job with Showcase.

We have a (possibly, don’t recall the name) new presence on the site. KMOSER56 has copied my last piece to the site ‘It’s All About the Journey.’ She writes on a range of topics, and has done so for quite a while. Archived material goes back to 2010! She’s given me an idea. I don’t recall if I’ve tried this before. Maybe I have, but I’ll try again.

I’m exploring what sites might be open to posting some of the writing-related articles I’ve written, and also what sites are dedicated to fiction. (I’ve placed all of Maisie on Medium, chapter by chapter, and snagged few readers. Medium is not the place for fiction.)

I’ve googled ‘Where to publish short stories.’ I have a list of sites to explore. I also came across a list of one hundred chit-chat blogs.

In terms of short stories: Wattpad, forget it (YA audience). Commaful, possible. Inkitt? StoryWrite? Several more I’ve never heard of.

Commaful looks promising: (These are comments by someone on one of the sites I visited today. (Once again, I didn’t bother to jot a name.)

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Stories on Commaful are in a unique format that people have called the multimedia fiction movement. The term multimedia fiction refers to fictional writing that involves more than just the written word, commonly some form of visual or audio. The most popular type of multimedia fiction is the picture book.

The Commaful Format: I am used to reading prose, not a picturebook layout. After trying it out, my opinion has changed. I think the format is one of the most genius features about the site.

The Audience: The site is growing very quickly. I don’t have real analytics about what the audience is, but my personal experience is that the audience is relatively young. I suspect this will change as the website continues to grow.

Story Trailers: I’ve never seen my writing shared nicely to Instagram as a video before. With a tap of a button, I had a pretty awesome story trailer that I could share to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Diversity: Not a huge library of stories yet, but I’ve come across a several LGBTQ and minority focused stories already. That’s more than I can say about many other sites. There are occasional sightings of bestselling authors. There are readers and writers from all backgrounds, age ranges, sexuality, and experience.

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I’m going to give Commaful a tumble.

Maisie is not a short story (you know that by now, right?)
but it does, with a bit of tinkering, work as a serial.
I’m going to explore that angle.

Apple Pie in the Sky? Maybe.
But I won’t know if I don’t try.

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11 thoughts on “Apple Pie in the Sky?

  1. Perry Palin says:

    Mimi, you wrote, “I’ve googled ‘Where to publish short stories.’ I have a list of sites to explore. I also came across a list of one hundred chit-chat blogs.”

    I haven’t been submitting stories lately, but I like to look at local/regional publishers that may have a smaller audience but give me a better chance to be published.

    Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company, from PublishersArchive.com, “is a small independent publisher of high quality fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, and the ecclectic small magazine Lost Lake Folk Opera.” Shipwreckt Books works out of a small town in Minnesota. . https://shipwrecktbooks.press/ Shipwreckt is only one, there’s a lot of them out there. Shipwreckt published a short story of mine a few years ago in Lost Lake Folk Opera, a fine little magazine,

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    • mimispeike says:

      I hadn’t considered submitting short stories until recently. I have a problem with shorts. I feel there is no room for character development. But Maisie, broken apart, may be accepted as short story sequels. I’m going to try.

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      • Perry Palin says:

        “I have a problem with shorts. I feel there is no room for character development.”

        Well, we can disagree on that. Surely you’ve read short stories with characters you get to know through action and dialogue.

        There is no room for wool gathering. I’m working on a story now (I’m not happy with it so far) that will only work if the reader gets to know both of the characters. I’m looking at submission guidlines with a 3,000 word limit, and I’m choosing my words with care and editing the heck out of it. We’ll see if I can pull this off.

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        • mimispeike says:

          You’re right. I’m thinking of flash fiction, such as we write for Showcase. 3,000 words gives more room to move.

          I find confining myself to 1,000 words very difficult.

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          • Perry Palin says:

            Maybe the best known flash fiction story, often misattributed to Ernest Hemingway, is six words long:

            “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

            Flash fiction should have a plot, tell a complete story, be limited to one or two characters, and have a surprise for the reader. I write flash fiction as an exercise in brief, concise expression. It’s a hunt sometimes for the right words when every one counts.

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        • Perry 😏
          Your admission “I haven’t been submitting stories lately” made me lower the screen of my laptop to look at the stack of eight stories written and not yet submitted. In my case, I think it’s pure laziness. Compared to writing, submitting is tedious.

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          • Perry Palin says:

            I have a friend who has never had anything rejected. In fact, her book publisher and magazine editors ask her to send them new stuff. She is a good writer, and she has found a niche. The rest of us should be half as lucky.

            Yes, submitting is tedious. I collected rejection slips until I started to research my markets. Then some things were accepted. I haven’t been submitting because getting the stories out there is not so important to me anymore. The fun part is the writing. Submitting is tedious and sometimes it is painful.

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  2. I spent most of Sunday exploring Commaful, creating an account, and posting one illustrated story. I deliberately did not choose “poetry” as one of my interests, but by pursuing the people who have won Commaful’s people’s choice awards, I found a vast and active group of poets — most of whom appear to be 12 – 17 years old.

    There are a few older people who intermingle and encourage the youngsters’ writing. It is, after all, a purposefully supportive environment, although much of the writing is angsty and hormonal.

    As far as I can tell, the fiction writing is mostly immature and undeveloped, more often fanfiction than any other kind.

    It could become a ferocious timesuck.

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