It’s a Story, But Not *MY* Story

I’m in the process of getting ready for the Forward Motion Writer’s May Story-A-Day short story challenge. The plot bunnies and Muse have been very good to me providing me with more ideas than I think I can write in that month. So much so that I stopped looking for more, and tried to distract myself with other things, such as revision.

The next morning I realized one of the ideas kept coming to mind, but not in a good say. The more I thought of the story, as first imagined, the more I didn’t like it. It was darker and more depressing than I usually write.

Then came the realization that I was not looking forward to writing it.

That thought made me stop and look at the idea again. I loved the title and wanted to do something with it. The story was a good one, in and of itself, but it was not MY kind of story.

There is was. It would have been a fine story for someone else to write, but I was not the writer to do it. I decided to take it out of the May list of stories to write, with the plan to take the title and start over.

It took only a few minutes for the Muse and plot bunnies to come up with a replacement. I guess they were just waiting to attack. All good and well…

…Until one of the departing plot bunnies told me what the other story should have been.

Mouthy little bugger.

So, now I have more short stories to write in May than I thought, as not only do I have a corrected first story, but I also have the supposed replacement.


Can someone else please distract the plot bunnies for a while now? I’ve been nibbled raw with ideas. 😛


J.A. Marlow

The String Weavers (The String Weavers – Book 1)

Kelsey Hale thinks she’s just a typical mixed-up teenager. Everyone feels that way, her teachers assure her. Yet, strange things happen to her, like food disappearing before she can eat it and hearing music no one else hears.

Then a giant flaming bird drops an alien at her feet. Well, good grief, how can you ignore something like that?

Abducted from Earth, the only planet she’s ever known, Kelsey finds herself thrust into the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universe. She must not only survive herself, but also find a way to rescue her father from a dangerous group with unknown motives.

In the process, she’s confronted by a hidden secret about herself which will shake the very foundation of who and what she thought she was.

And connecting it all are the mysterious Weavers.

A 97,100 word, 389 page (approximate), science fiction novel.

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2 comments on “It’s a Story, But Not *MY* Story
  1. Jim Self says:

    You want to stop thinking about shiny new ideas? Okay… try reading this.

    • JA Marlow says:

      Nah. They may be annoying little things, hiding under the furniture and around corners, but they can be useful to have around. 😛

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