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  • What I’ve been Working On: (AKA… The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse)

    Posted on October 1st, 2012 jean 6 comments

    I’ve been a bit busy lately working on some ‘secret’ projects… and today I am proud to share one of the things I’ve been working on.

    1) I’ve been enjoying writing chick lit again. Yes, I’ve decided that even though agents are having troubles selling it, it’s my passion, so why not write it and see what happens? See what kinds of opportunities I can dig up.

    2) I decided to try my hand at writing a short story. Which kind of helped bring about #1, actually. I decided to write a chick lit genre short story to see if I could get something accepted for the Elephant’s Bookshelf Press’s upcoming anthology, The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse. (To tell the truth, I had been tempted to try one since reading J. Lea Lopez’s short story, The Adventures of Sasquatch, in Spring Fevers (also by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press).

    The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse

    Cover for The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse (Available October 29, 2012)

    Right now you might be thinking, Uh Jean? Chick lit? Tales from the Apocalypse? Hello? These things don’t jive. Well, I broke the mold with my short story, Crumbs. In fact, quite a few stories in the upcoming short story anthology did. How do I know? Read #3.

    3) I’ve been editing. No longer bits here and there for friends and the odd manuscript, but a very LARGE project; pro bono. It’s called… The Fall. Yes, I edited the anthology as well. And no, my story (so they tell me) wasn’t accepted *just* because I was editing the book.

    So there it is! I’m going to be in The Fall: Tales from the Apocalypse coming out later this month! (October 29th, 2012) More details about all the wonderful other authors can be found on Elephant’s Bookshelf Press’s blog.



    More about Crumbs:

    Crumbs is about a 20-something photojournalist, Anastasia, who has always wanted the attention of the hottie who lives across the street. Now, with the world in shambles after a flash 11-day world war, this gal has the perfect excuse to not only catch his eye, but also gain more than precious crumbs of attention as she holds the one thing he needs in this decimated land.

    How about you? What have you been working on? Have you tested your boundaries lately? If not, why not? You just might surprise yourself.


    6 responses to “What I’ve been Working On: (AKA… The Fall: Tales From the Apocalypse)” RSS icon

    • As you know, I tried writing a couple of short stories over the summer. One was a total bust. The other ended up being a cool idea, but of course it also ended up being a novel length idea. It’s on the back burner for now. I’m going to keep trying out shorts once in a while. Maybe someday I’ll have one I don’t mind sharing! 🙂

    • That’s cool, Jemi. I have an idea for another short story, but I do fear it may turn into a novel. I’ll have to think on it some more before I set fingers to the keyboard.

    • Congratulations, Jean! Short stories are hard work. Great title. Good job.

      I, too, tried my hand at short fiction and ended up winning a prize and publication in the anthology, “Hot Flash Mommas.” So ya never can tell what weird thing will happen when you go, lemme see what happens if….

      By the way, I heard today that Finishing Line Press is going to publish my poetry chapbook, At the Boundary. A hooray for that one too! (I’m preening all my own self).

      Congratulations for good news for all of us. And especially for you. Regards, Janet

    • Thanks Janet!

      Wow, you’ve been busy. That’s fantastic stuff! Kudos!

    • Definitely write chick lit if it’s what you love to do.

      I’m writing paranormal romance and we all know how well THAT sells. LOL.

      I’m also re-writing Greek myths as romantic tragedies, even though everyone keeps telling me it’s not actually a romance novel and no one will read it if it doesn’t have a happy ending. Oh well.

      And I will someday *hopefully* be writing a sports drama and I’m pretty sure agents couldn’t care less about that.

      So, yay! Let’s all write what we want to.

    • You know, EB… I bet the first zombie writer was like, “Nobody is ever going to buy this. It’s so weird and out there.” 😉 Maybe you are simply ahead of the trends! (But yeah… it sucks when publishers aren’t buying.) But if there is an audience out there, there is a way to get to them now.

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