I spent this week looking at what I wrote last year. Mind you, I didn’t write as much as I wanted to.
Still, I managed eighteen short stories along with a bunch of story starters.
Since I’m committed to doing that 2020 project, I need to make sure I have enough material.
I also excavated some stories I’d forgotten about, some of which will work very nicely for the above-mentioned project.
So … I think I’m good to go. I do need to write some new stories, but I can certainly get through the next few months on what I currently have.
We’re getting snow; we’re getting some cold heading our way. It’s the holidays!
Even so, I managed some work on both my writing and my 2020 project this week. That’s one of the great things about flash fiction and short stories. You can make progress even when things get hectic.
And since I’m running behind this morning and we have a Girl Scout meeting later on today, I’ll leave you with this lovely picture of a snowplow.
Illustrated by Kuri Huang
This wonderful gem is a fantastic way to get your weekend started.
Do yourself a favor and read The Hundredth House Had No Walls by Laurie Penny over at Tor.com.
This whole “story a day” thing is more like a “story a week” thing.
Still, I’ll take it. Especially since I wasn’t sure how this one was going to end. It took a turn when the dragon in the story ate a character I did not expect him to eat.
This is the second … third dragon story I’ve written during this challenge. I’m beginning to think my subconscious would really like me to write more of these. Dragons and Coffee anyone? (I mean, why not? I made Coffee and Ghosts work.)
Also, thanks to the wonderful people at BookFunnel (seriously, if you’re publishing and don’t have a BookFunnel account, you need to get one), I have a lovely landing page that features both audio and ebooks for Coffee and Ghosts.
Stay tuned to see if I write (yet another) dragon story next week.
Yes, I know. Still not a blistering pace. But I am writing. Two more stories for this week, one’s a little longer (and may end up in a novel at some point) and the other a flash fiction piece.
Plus, I sold a short story, a retelling of Godfather Death, to Corvid Queen, and it should be out in March of 2020.
Also, I collected a handful of rejections as well, because that’s the way it works when you submit stories.
So not a blistering pace or anything here, but I did manage two stories this week. If I can keep that going, I’ll be pleased.
I also sent out a slew of stories, some new, some reprints. My submission tracker was looking a little thin.
Not a bad week. Plus, Nothing but the Ghosts is up at Audible (and a bunch of other places as well).
That’s right. I wrote five short stories this August, including two this past week (one flash fiction, the other a short story).
I don’t know if I’ll go all out–so much depends on what happens with my schedule. But I am participating in A Story A Day in September. I even got today’s written, although it’s more of a series of vignettes than an actual story (see above about whether or not I’m going all out).
In other words, my aim is to get some words, not necessarily a story, every single day.
So, tune in next week to see if I really did get those words (it’s like a cliffhanger). And if you’re a writer, consider signing up.