I mentioned on the last post that I meant to expand and revise my “Future Graveyard” short story (read how it came to be HERE) and I’ve done did so, last night. I took the 2,375 words short story and turned it into a 4,013 words short story.
I’m sending the sucker out into the harsh submission wastelands but wanted a few people to read it before it leaves my protection.
The next post (password-protected) will contain the revised story. If you previously asked for a password, I will send out a new one, but won’t be accepting any new requests (sorry). If I forgot anyone who previously had the password and you’re interested in reading it, please remind me.
The additional 1,638 words add a bit more background both about the world and the characters themselves. I think 4K is about right for this story, maintaining the pacing I wanted and adding enough answers to questions readers might have had.
One other big change, and the source of continuous corrections, is switching to present tense. I like the story a lot more written as a first person present tense account as opposed to a narrative about past events.
I know I tend to be effusive about my writing, but of the short stories I tagged for submissions, I think this will have the best chance of finding a paying market. We’ll see just how delusional I am.
Cruisers Update VI:
Continuing with my late reporting on the June 14, 2015, Tri-Lakes Vintage Car show.
This 1932 Chevrolet 3 Windows Coupe caught my eye because it had a baby. By the way, like many of the cars on display, I don’t think those wheels and tires are stock.
By the way, there is a SmugMug Gallery (HERE) for this, past, and future posts about this show. Also, you can click on the photos to open a larger version in a separate tab or window. Go ahead; try it.
Also, as I identify each car, I usually provide a link. Here’s the thing; it takes a long time tracking down a link for some of these cars, so I’m modifying my rule. If I can find a quick link to a Wikipedia page, I’ll include it, otherwise you’ll have to do your own search. I warn you, the first listings you’ll get are always for cars being sold.
Anyway, here’s a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback.
I did not notice the fiery mustang on the grille, or I would have taken some close-ups of it. Not only that, I missed it on my second walk-through where I shot nothing but closeups of emblems, names, and features. Oh, well. Maybe this year.
I did not get the model or year of this next Ford vehicle, but I would guess a variant of the Model A (I’m no expert, so don’t call me on it).
Here are a couple of shots of a 1948 Chevrolet Ranch Pickup.
Before I go on, here’s another view of a car from my last post. I’m too lazy to go back and look at what it is. If interested, check out the previous update.
And here’s a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500.
Next up, another red car (the other popular color besides green, black, purple, and many others), the 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.
Just for kicks, here are a couple of wide shots from the event.
Next up, a 1928 Ford Roadster . . . let me tell you, those aluminum seats were super hot as they baked in the sun. But, interesting car. One of the few that looked like it might have been fun to drive . . . provided one did not mind third-degree burns on one’s back.
This next car is a 1932 Ford 5 Windows. Both Chevy and Ford had cars named 3 Windows and Five Windows . . . none of the ones I saw conformed to the naming convention. Unless . . . maybe they did not count the windshield.
I used to work summers at a cabinet making shop, and one of the guys working there had one of these. I think his was a shade of red, and he did not drive it slow. It’s a 1970 Dodge Charger.
And here’s a 1934 Dodge Coupe.
Look at that . . . you could crack the windshield open.
Next up, a 1949 Chevrolet Pickup Truck.
I found the curved rear-quarter window interesting given that they split the windshield to keep it flat.
Next up, a baby blue 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88.
. . . and another wide shot before the big finish.
It shows you what’s coming up next . . .
First up, a 1929 Ford Model A.
. . . followed by a 1932 Chevrolet Coupe (I don’t think that’s the original paint job, but I could be wrong) . . .
. . . and finishing off with a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
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