As I mentioned earlier, I am trying to get published in Shimmer Magazine’s, The Pirate Issue. I have what I think is a pretty good idea for a story and have been taking a few notes. In the meantime, I have been on wikipedia (I know it’s not totally accurate, but I need a crash course not an education) researching piracy. This led me to Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Embarrassingly, I have never read this classic, so I decided to check it out on Project Gutenberg. After reading a few pages at lunch, I was hooked.
In a perfect world, I would be able to download the book to my PDA or Sony Reader and read it without having to be sitting in front of my computer. Unfortunately, I have neither of these devices. So, I was going to have to buy a hard copy of the book. I immediately hopped on Amazon to see how much a copy of Treasure Island would set me back. The cheapest copy (not used) was something like $3.99. Since I didn’t want to wait for the book to ship in the mail, I went out to the local bookstore, hoping to find this edition.
Perusing the fiction books, I saw they had only one copy of Treasure Island, and it was $5.99. Again, this was pretty cheap for a book, but I have such trouble spending money on myself, especially this close to Christmas. Reluctantly, I decided to buy the book anyhow, figuring I would have paid the extra money for shipping anyhow. I handed the book to the cashier and she rang it up and said “$2.62”. “Sweet,” I thought to myself. The book was 50% off, but hadn’t been marked.
So, to summarize, I picked up one of the real classics, Treasure Island for less money than the average comic book costs these days. Now, I just have to plow through the boo, hoping to get some inspiration. Maybe some of the talent will rub off on me.
Thanks to everyone who read this blog yesterday and left a comment. We broke my personal record for most blog views in a single day! Since it was so successful, I plan on continuing “What If Monday” next week.
Before going to sleep last night I was able to do a little work on my current, and hopefully soon to be finished, Christmas short story/flash fiction. I’m trying to finish this story as soon as possible so I can work on my entry for Shimmer Magazine’s, The Pirate Issue . I was pretty happy with the results and rewarded myself by reading The Westing Game (to try to get to sleep as others have suggested). Well, after reading a few pages I was able to calm myself down from my burst of creativity and soon I was asleep. Not long after, I had the strangest dream.
Normally, I never remember my dreams. If I do remember them, I usually only remember the premise and the emotions of the dream, and not many details. So, as I relate this dream to you, don’t hold it against me that I don’t remember what I was wearing or anything like that. Also, stick with me here because this is writing related.
Anyhow, in my dream I had finished my entry for Shimmer Magazine and was pretty proud of it. So proud, in fact, that I actually believed I had a shot at publication. My hopes were soon dashed when I received a rejection letter from the magazine. The part that angered me the most was the reason the gave for the rejection: I use the word “though”too much! Amazingly, in my dream I actually convinced myself that I do in fact use the word “though” too much. Even as I type this, I’m thinking to myself that I must avoid saying “though”.
Anyhow, I hope to complete my current work-in-progress and move on to the Shimmer Magazine entry. I am currently looking for short stories about Pirates to get myself in the mood to write that type of story. I will make sure not to use the word “though”, though.