Seriously folks since I wrote the posting last week I can’t begin to count how many more AI stories we have received. We’ve had to automate our system with DYARL He / She / Whatever is our dyslexic counting IA. He / She / Whatever tells us that we have had 11 stories in but it may actually be 11.
If you think that is a bit distasteful, it was actually a numerically dyslexic person that told me that they were terrible at mixing up the same numbers and putting them the wrong way round. I was trying to work out what they were meaning when I saw them grinning.
I used to volunteer to help folks with numeracy and literacy for around twelve years and I loved doing it. The one thing I needed to know before I began was what level I had to be to help anyone. I was told as long as I could work at the person’s level, there would be no problem. I then asked about my own weaknesses and was advised that as long as I didn’t have a problem with them, I would still be able to help. This was so very true. I found that literacy problems weren’t the real issue. With every single person I tried to help, every one of them needed the same thing and that was a boost of confidence. When they found that, they then would only focus on what they wanted to do and not what they thought was expected.
I found that one of the most empowering things in the world is being able to say in a loud and happy voice what we are shite at. I was going to list mine but I’ve only a day until Diane needs to set this up. So to give you one example – I am shite at setting up the stories!
However, writing is different. It’s quite good to challenge yourself and dip your toe into unknown territory. What I am looking for is some debauchery from Churchy folks and some Churchy stuff from the debauched. If there are any priests reading this, well they have both bases covered.
I’ve had a go at all our genres except Science Fiction. That’s another thing I’m shite at. I haven’t got the imagination to create a world and it’s problems as metaphors or similes for our actual world and its problems.
I am sure that any of you who have read my rantings know that I am not that enthusiastic about Romance, but I have dipped my toe into that. Okay it was about Fred and Rose West, but I’ve still done it! (The best Romance on this site by a country mile is ‘Short Straw‘ by Louisa Owen)
What I have come across is that publishers prefer for you to stick to one genre. I think that’s a bit of a shame but when you think on some of the big hitters writing wise, they do tend to stick to type.
Stephen King did go off on a few tangents and some of his other stories emphasised what a cracking story teller he is. I think, I mentioned before that Koontz also stated that it wasn’t until he was successful that he was able to insist that his book of shorts was published.
Even if you submit to a publisher, you are looking for those who publish your genre so if you did write something different, what would you do if you had been published?
But you have a bit of a free hand when it comes to shorts. Nik has always said he could never put his work into one category and I think it is all the stronger for that.
Variety is the spice of life.
But no matter how spicy life gets, I won’t be writing a romance about DYARL. If it came to a sex scene, (Which I am also shite at!) I wouldn’t know where to start because I don’t know anything about where His / Her / Whatever bits would fit into His / Her / Whatever’s partner’s bits.
…If anyone finds that sentence erotic, seriously, seek out some professional help and keep away from any ATM’s! A deposit is only meant to be money!
Okay onto this week’s stories.
We had three new writers and two of our oldest friends.
Our topics this week include; a stags night, a fog, a recognition, an opportunity and coping.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was Fred Foote. He continually sends us brilliant thought provoking work. ‘Dark Tourism‘ was another one to add to his extensive back catalogue.
‘Ah supply and demand – The reasoning of those without conscience.’
‘Chilling. You just know that there will be people out there doing this.’
‘I loved the patois’
On Tuesday we had our first new writer.
We welcome Kurt Froese to the site.
‘Fake Names‘ was next up.
‘The final line really did catch me.’
‘This had heart, humour and a lot of sadness.’
‘That affliction takes so much and only gives us snippets in return.’
Cooper Woodham was our next new writer. We extend him the same welcome. We hope that all our new folks have fun on the site.
‘Lee‘ broke the back of the week.
‘Unusual with some interesting word choices.’
‘The style is quite distinctive and the story is sad.’
‘There is something about this that sucks you in.’
Our last new writer was Adam Lynch. We hope that all these folks continue to send us much more of their work.
‘Kilted‘ was published on Thursday.
‘I need to applaud Adam for the idea.’
‘There was no animal speak soppiness, just a lot of fun.’
‘The stag was actually quite a character.’
And we finished off on Friday with the writing machine himself!
Tom Sheehan now has 80 stories under his belt for Literally Stories!
I think all of us who look for ideas to turn into stories are in awe of this total.
The amount is phenomenal and the quality is staggering. Roll on the tonne!
It was a pleasure to showcase his latest offering, ‘The Unforgotten.’
‘The scenes in the hill were harrowing and the ending was so emotional.’
‘Sad and touching – A fine tribute.’
‘The storytelling was Tom at his best.’
That’s us for another week folks.
The usual reminders.
Keep the comments coming.
It’s great to see Ed and Harrison joining those old hands and becoming regulars with some very insightful observations.
And why not give the Sunday Re-Run a go.
Just pick out an older story that you have enjoyed and send us a wee spiel or introduction. Throw in a couple of questions for the writer and find out how shy they are.
I’m off to lube up DYARL. He / She / Whatever has stated that it is essential, we can all relate to that at times. But I have warned He / She / Whatever, if I see one smile, one far-a-way look or hear a sigh, He / She / Whatever will be sold on ebay as a particularly robust bottle opener.