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Around the World in 1024 Characters

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I have recently (re-)discovered Ficly and it has given me an idea for some non-fiction writing.

Over the years, I have amassed a plethora of travel-related scribblings—as you know—and I want to explore ways in which to strip down moods and experiences to their bare essence, perhaps weave them together and spin them out into adventure fantasies which can be picked up by other people as they add possible sequels and prequels.

I’ve been looking for a way to get back into writing and this project provides a series of manageable bits which may evolve into something chaotic but coherent. Ficlets has the advantage of being enticingly modular.

Why not have a look and join in with the fun? Ficly supports the usual openID sign-ins.

Caveat: my ‘1024 Character Travelogue’ stories are as near as damn exactly 1024 characters long as my word processor can determine.

But Write for Whom?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I want to drum up interest in the Libong dugongs, but there are almost no outlets for web-based travel writing. The market is swamped as it is. Among the few quality sites that might be worth targeting (many others simply have no audience share) Worldhum is currently closed to submissions (with no indication as to how long), Transitions Abroad has been covered some years ago and…well that is it!

I’ll keep looking, but my dilemma is that if I place a piece with a site with minimum audience share, I can then not submit it to magazines and anthologies. Doing the latter will entail years (yes, years!) of waiting for a response.

And I thought fiction writing was bad! (I have recently placed a story after four years.)