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Rush Job

Got a call from my friend Steve a couple of nights ago about a writing opportunity. It would be writing non-fiction (history), but they wanted a fantasy writer who could "make the battles and events come alive". Not quite sure what that means, but I'm thinking "History Channel" not "History class".

Anyway. Contacted the person on Tuesday. Got an idea what they wanted. They specifically wanted to see how I could write a battle scene. O.K. I can do that. Started doing my research on the Battle of Trebbia during the Second Punic War which is a classic maneuver by Hannibal against a Roman Counsel.

Then on Wednesday, I get a change of target. Instead of doing the battle, could I concentrate on one of the generals in the battle. Oh, and have it ready to go by Friday morning.


Well, I had to go to class Wednesday night and work today, but I still managed to get several hundred pages on Hannibal (thank you Appian and Livy for your histories of the Punic Wars) and gave it a shot tonight. Knocked out a nice 800 words on it (about two pages double-spaced) and decided it was going to have to stand on its own. wishweaver is going to review it in the morning for me and then I'm going to take it to work and give it one last going over on break before sending it, my (woefully thin) writing credits and my resume off to this person.

I don't have a clue if this is what she's looking for, but with only one night to prepare, we're going to give it a shot. If it goes down in flames, then it goes down in flames, but I damn sure gave it my best shot with the time allotted me. It sounds like it might be a cool assignment if I can get it, but I'm not getting my hopes up too high.

Wish me luck.


( 3 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 30th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
God's Teeth! That sounds like a dream gig. Much envy.
Mar. 30th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
I certainly hope you're right.

But, to quote a well-loved rogue, "I have a bad feeling about this." The short suspense and the floating targets don't give em a warm fuzzy about the project.

I hope it's just nerves talking.
Mar. 30th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
They probably don't know what they want until they've seen it. But that's true of many contract jobs.
( 3 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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