With the first one (as yet untitled. Tell me you're surprised, I dare you), the writing prompts I used just hung together well enough to keep the same narrative thread going. It kidna sorta takes place in the same real-world-but-witchy that "Sugar and Spice" (published in Sockdolager Summer 2016 issue, fantastic review of it by Charles Payseur here at Quick Sip Reviews. I am unused to being reviews, and it was very nice and insightful.) does.
Incidentally, I miss summer. Do you miss summer?
The second story came from a "write a complete story" prompt. I bought a spandy new Rider-Waite deck and passed it around, telling people to draw three cards and use them as their inspiration. Beginning, middle, end. Whatever. My story turned out as actual second world fantasy, which isn't something I end up with very often, and I feel like it only needs a couple of tweaks before it's ready to be submitted.
In other news, I've been revisiting my werewolves. Book 1, Learn to Howl, has been "done" for ages. My talented and kind writer friend Tori (author of Eelgrass, which I very much enjoyed and you probably will to) read it and gave me some comments and is encouraging me to go right on to finish Book 2 (The Wolf You Feed) which is very close to an ending and not very close at all to being shared with anybody. Tori is also encouraging me to self publish my werewolves and...I think I might. There's more of a process to it than just pressing 'publish', I know (unlike this blog) but I think I'm going to do it. Yes, I know I've talked about maaaaayyyyyybe self publishing before. We'll see what happens. I want to have all three books done before I published any of them, so that I can have a reasonable sort of "yes, they're coming!" schedule. And I had a very.....interesting.....time looking at my file of files regarding these werewolves on Friday night, Storified below for your amusement. Maybe it's interesting insight on my process? Or my thought process, anyway.