Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sequencing my 2015 Anthology

I'm taking some time off to edit anthology of my entire output from last year. Everything is in here from flash, to longer short stories, a new novella and a half and even slightly touched up editions of Numbers 16:32 and Popular Mechanics for Young Widows. There's 23 stories in here and it's a lot to sift through.

I want to treat this like an "Annual" from the comic book world. It's nearly everything I've written in 2014 and is a great way to tie a bow around these ideas and move on to my 2015 writing schedule. Next year's stories seem to be dominated by crime, but I suspect we'll see some more scifi and horror come back into the fold sooner or later.

The most fun I'm having with this is finding the right order to put the stories in. I'm trying to not put anything with similar topics and themes close to each other. Also trying to mix up the length of the stories so that it has a good pacing. I think bands go through this when putting their albums together.

I'm a pretty pulpy writer so creating the cover image is also proving to be quite fun. I'm stuck on something with skulls at the moment. We'll see if a better idea presents itself in the next week or so.

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