Okay folks, I am up to 435 words with a longer intro setting up the location, which is an old production plant of the Brandstar Company. The two protagonists, Bob Ballenban and Sheila Randling are clocking in for their shift. Outside, a strong summer storm releases a heavy downpour, thunder, and lightning that causes the lights to flicker. With a little more filler, I will be ready to transition into the main plot point containing the Crossword theme and then a little more writing to finish the punchline. What do you think so far?
Well, I am 235 words into my entry for the August 2017 flash fiction contest. I have chosen a humorous take on the near future and the rapid growth of technology. I don’t want to give away too much yet because I am still setting up the punch line. Also, the actual thematic part of the plot may be only a third of the story, which means I will have to try extending the story with relevant setup material and dialogue. I have a bad habit of focusing on the meat of the story and struggling to give the world and characters a life of their own. Many of the short stories in my “Mystics and Misfits” collection are expansions of such tales.
If you are interested, the August flash fiction contest at sffworld can be found here August Flash Contest. The theme for this month is a real skull buster, crosswords. Basically you have to come up with a thousand word story that is about crosswords, see the link for more details. I have not entered in some time but I may take a crack at it again, though right now I got nothing.
Here is the write up for the reward at My Patreon Page:
“Here are the coloring pages I promised you. Unfortunately I was unable to save them as just the drawing on a transparent background. You will have to follow the steps I detailed in my Cheetah tutorial for removing the white background or print them out and physically color them.
I had exported the Gimp 2.8 file to Jpeg from one I made with a transparent background but when I opened up the file, it was white. Removing the white in Gimp is not that hard and should be similar in other programs. As I mentioned in the Cheetah tutorial, I don’t actually color or paint on the drawing so that I always have a reference to compare to. I create a transparent layer either above or below the drawing layer to paint on.
If anyone wants to share their colored version, either leave a comment with the image or comment to me and we will arrange to get it placed. Enjoy.
Also, as an experiment, after 30 days this will become open to all, but please consider supporting me so that I can continue sharing content with you.”
I think this week’s reward will be cleaned up Jpeg versions on transparent backgrounds of all the Termanicz drawings I have done. That way my Patrons can use them in the graphic program they use as basically coloring book pages. I will post any colored versions that people want me to.
Here is an update to the Termanicz project showing the work I have done on the mandibles and the antennae without the covering line drawing. Interesting fact, what I took for scratch lines on the mandibles are actually hairs. I am so looking forward to finishing the neck area so that I can go back and add the hairs the hang between the mandibles. For only $3 dollars a month or $36 a year, you can get digital copies of the finished project along with other paintings current and future at My Patreon Page. In addition, each month you will also receive one of my short stories. Basically, a lot of great science fiction and fantasy content for a small yearly cost. Please help me bring my particular brand of creativity to a larger audience.