The voting period for Literotica's Halloween Contest is over and they've announced the winners. I didn't place, but to be honest I wasn't expecting to. Both my entrants, "Snuff/Skin Flick" and "Chad's Challenge", are Bad End stories and generally it's the longer (sometimes very long!) stories with heart-warming endings that finish in the top 3.
One thing that did disappoint me was that I only managed to enter two stories. The story I had originally planned to be a third entrant had an ending that was fine for a horror tale, but wouldn't work for erotica. I had an alternate planned, but was not able to finish that in time.
Overall I liked the idea of using October as a short story challenge month. November is normally the month for NaNoWriMo - where aspiring (and some grizzled!) writers attempt to blast out a 50K novel in a single month. NaNoWriMo doesn't work for me as I write out all my first drafts longhand and it's not easy to keep track of the word count that way. What I might do for future years is to instead use Literotica's Halloween Contest as a challenge to see how many short stories I can blast out in that three week period. At least I've set a low bar there with only two entrants to beat!
Currently I'm finishing off the two stories that didn't make the deadline. One will likely end up being a mini-serial going out this month or next. The other will be posted as soon as it's done. There's a chance that one will kick up an online shitstorm, which might be fun. :D
"Sandwiched by Scyllas" is moving again. I did the usual thing I do with stories that have derailed - start typing up the 2nd drafts early until I pick the thread back up again.
I want get these out of the way ASAP, so I can get on with the major task of finishing Succubus Summoning 201 and preparing it as an ebook to go out as soon as eXcessica has a spare slot. I have some novel and novella ideas I'm keen to get on with, but I need to really get the second arc of that serial wrapped up satisfactorily first. (This year would have likely been far more productive if I'd got those last two chapters finished this time last year!)