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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #30 on: 09:14:47 PM 12/07/13 »
The problem is I really hate writing books. Hate. I'm trying to overcome it, though.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #31 on: 09:36:00 PM 12/07/13 »
If it's adding any more persuasion to the mix, I'd buy as well.  :lookaround:
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #32 on: 12:25:00 AM 12/08/13 »
Well if we were to include every story you've written so far in one contained book format... well I don't know how long it'd be but it'd be quite a few pages, enough to count as an actual book at least!

So I guess, just... keep writing whatever, and if you think you have enough stories to comprise a reasonable e-book length (let's say 150-200 pages at least, not taking to account things like font size and such), then get 'em together and put it up for sale. If you feel you need some more space to fill you could always throw in a few of of your older stories already up on the site, I'm sure most of us wouldn't mind. :P

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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #33 on: 01:12:21 AM 12/08/13 »
I feel like if I were to put together a book of short stories, it'd need to have a theme. I don't want to just do the same thing I was doing for free - but now for moneys.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #34 on: 05:40:46 PM 12/08/13 »
Uh, wouldn't the theme be "horror"?
Or "slimy"?
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #35 on: 06:55:08 PM 12/08/13 »
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-dead-

It'd be something like stories taking place in the same location, or sharing a trait or object or... something.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #36 on: 09:30:17 PM 12/08/13 »
Add one mindblowing twist at the end that ties them all together. Like they were all this one kid's fever dream. Or something.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #37 on: 01:17:53 AM 12/10/13 »
I've rarely seen a single horror anthology where the stories had any connection besides, well, "horror." With movies, take Creepshow, for instance, the shorts in that film were hardly alike, save for something vaguely monster/supernatural-related horror happening in each of them. And then there's anthology collections from horror writers ranging from Stephen King, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Algernon Blackwood, Clark Ashton Smith, and probably others I don't even know about, whose only common running theme was, as was said, "horror." Or, as the case with Thomas Ligotti's Noctuary, all the stories were divided into different "chapters" or subcategories. Ligotti's writing being as cryptic as it is, the best I could gather from what I read so far is that the very last chapter of the book were all stories or ruminations of some sort that were only about two-four pages long. A few stories in that chapter were vaguely essayistic thoughts on the nature of fear, nightmares and so forth. And then there was one story about a guy who discovers some sketches of a hairy monster-thing, which later approaches him and whispers its name into his ear, which apparently kills him. Point being, who cares about a perfectly neat and bow-wrapped theme for an anthology book?

And really, I've read pretty much every story on this site and the vast majority of them have some running theme in common, usually starting off with an observation of something completely mundane and outwardly harmless, often related to pop culture, when suddenly unusual occurrences begin to happen, leading to outright crazy/terrifying shit happening. Close off on a "wham" note of some kind and you have the Slimebeast formula! Now you, too, kids know how to write like a true Slimebeast! ;) I also noticed quite a few of your stories take place from when the narrator was a child. Childhood fears/anxieties would seem to be a topic of interest to you for whatever reason (and whatever that reason is I hope you're getting that all sorted out with a shrink :P) and is a particularly strong suit of yours. In any case though stressing out over trying to tie a book together into some perfectly cohesive theme is just going to hold you back. It's like an author trying to think of a perfect title for their book before they actually write it. That shit can sit on the backburner. Just write as if you were going to for this site (only difference being, uh, not posting it on this site), and when you have enough material together figure out how they all fit together after that. Or don't. Just throwing them together and slapping on the title of "Pots of Boiling Blood," or hey, even "Slimy Stories, Vol. 1" or whatever I'm sure won't bother any of us or anyone else reading these stories, so as long as they're, well, good stories. Hell even your more blackly comedic stories fit very well within your story themes. Some tonal variety never heart anyone (this is speaking as a writer, well, at least someone who does occasionally write, myself, my greatest accomplishment so far being a 90-some page draft for a kind of horror story, all in tiny writing in a notebook that fills up every page, that has yet to be edited in a way that makes it readable, coherent, and not a completely laughable piece of shit, but I'm gettin' on that! And there's a few other stories I've started too, not that it matters).

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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #38 on: 01:17:47 PM 12/10/13 »
Haha, he's got you pegged. But seriously, he's right.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #39 on: 05:18:15 PM 12/10/13 »
i can haz theme
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #40 on: 06:48:49 PM 12/10/13 »
i can haz theme
Only after you eat all your vegetables.
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #41 on: 07:08:48 PM 12/10/13 »
I don't care how long you lock me in here with these catatonics, I am not a cannibal!
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #42 on: 07:25:11 PM 12/23/13 »
Throwing my support behind a book of short stories if I haven't already.  I pretty much registered to say that.

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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #43 on: 10:47:39 AM 01/06/14 »
I've never read wobble world, so I guess when I find it, I'm in for some messed up shit
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Re: Slimy Story FAQ
« Reply #44 on: 11:02:53 PM 03/15/14 »
Is there going to be an ending to the abandoned by Disney series going to have an ending, or is it ending at room zero?