Cariad Eccleston

Just a gin-filled dork.

Magical Crime Scene Investigation "Kids Today" :: 2,712 words

28 December 2017

I mentioned in my last update that I was going to work on a submission for Otter Libris’ MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation anthology.

It’s going… pretty well, I think!

Plan A

It took about a week of brainstorming for me to find the perfect idea. It plays off a somewhat-controversial law in my local area, and twists from a slightly amusing setup to a kinda dark finale.

I loved it!

I wrote a short summary, broke it down into an outline, then went back to the submission rules to double-check I hadn’t missed anything.

And my heart sank when spotted this:

On page […] animal abuse – this is an immediate rejection. Your investigator may be trying to solve one of those crimes, but we will not accept a story with one of those crimes happening on the page. MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation

Of course I hadn’t started off with an intention to write about animal abuse, but… undeniably, it’s in the story. It ain’t gratuitous; in fact, it’s portrayed as being as horrific as it ought to be.

But – undeniably – it’s there.

So I filed the story away for another submission, and went back to the mind maps to mine another one.

Plan B

It took me several days to find the the first story.

The second one was a solid ten hours.

And – oh boy – I was so close to giving up. I was so in love with that first story, I just couldn’t see myself writing something else.

But I did it. I found another story. And it’s still based on controversial local events. And it still has a lovely little twist.

As you can guess from the top of this post, I’m writing under the working title “MCSI: Kids Today”.

I started writing this morning with only a one-page summary, and now I’m 2,712 words into the outline and first draft.

2,712 words written

I’m not hard-and-fast about that 7,000 word goal. The submission has to be between 3,000 - 10,000 words, so I’m just going to see how it naturally turns out.

I suppose I only put the goal in because… well, I like watching progress bars fill up.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at! I’ve got a few more days before I’m back at my day-job, so I’m going to get this story done as much as possible while I’m here at home.