Happy New Year! I hope it was joyous and safe and you have lots of plans for the new year.
I’m going to take a quick look back before I jump into 2015 proper.
For 2014, I wrote ~270,000 words.
Uh, yeah. That looks like a lot. You know what? It doesn’t feel like a lot. I don’t feel tired or drained from doing that. In fact, I feel energized, and to quote Mr. Bradbury, I’ll be damned, it’s been a good year.
270,000 words looks intimidating. But really? Divide that by 365. It’s only 740 words per day.
740. Not even 1,000 words per day. That’s doable. If you bump it up a bit, you can take weekends off. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now. Daily writing is a lot like exercise. It isn’t sexy or glamorous, but if you commit to it, you’ll see results.
Of those words I wrote, I managed a couple of novels, a handful of short stories, and several novelettes. I love writing novelettes, but it’s hard to find a home for them.
I made 51 submissions this year (down ~ 50 from last year).
I sold six stories/poem thingies.
Of my fiction writing income, 30% came from selling to traditional markets (short fiction markets) and 70% came from publishing my own work. With this in mind, I will probably concentrate on publishing my own work in 2015, in a variety of ways.
Straying from the Path at Flash Fiction Online
A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots at Timeless Tales Magazine
Breakfast in the Desert at Every Day Poets
Playing Soldier in issue #9 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (and best of anthology for 2014)
The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty, in audio, at Cast of Wonders
Girl with the Piccolo, in audio, at Cast of Wonders
Incriminating Evidence in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Issue #4
- Writing ~ 9,700 words (I’m on a bit of a tear this week)
- Graphic Design tutorials