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I Have Another Book Coming Out. . .Sort Of

August 26, 2022

Miscellany Vol III

Miscellany Volume

New anthology, Miscellany III

Do you enjoy reading things written by Rodney M Bliss?

Well, I would hope so, you’re on this site. Here is my latest story. It will be included in the collection, “Miscellany III, A Collection Of Holiday Short Stories.”

My story is called “You Can Call Me Dan.” It’s not about a guy named Dan. And it’s a holiday story. Sure, it is because that’s what my editor asked for. It wasn’t EXACTLY what I delivered in my rough draft. I wrote a Science Fiction love story. My editor’s exact comments were, “Your protagonist is too creepy.” Okay, that’s why we have editors. And I like working with editors despite their reputation.

So, I rewrote the story and made the protaganist, you know half of the romantic couple, less creepy.

“Okay, this is better. But, he’s still coming across like the villain in a horror story.”

Okie dokie, then. Third time was a charm.

I know some writers who disagree with the idea of an editor changing the entire tone of a story. I don’t. The story that is published is really different than the story I originally wrote. I don’t even know if it’s better, but I strongly suggest it is. No, the most important thing is that the editor is trying to put a book together. My story needs to “fit” with the anthology.

Did I like my original story?

Yes. I still do. But, after going through multiple rewrites I realized what my editor was trying to accomplish. And honestly, the story he helped craft is much stronger in many ways.

So, preorders for “Miscellany III” will be available in the coming weeks. If you check back here, I promise you won’t be able to miss it. It’s a fun story that I’m very proud of.

Stay tuned.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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