Mid January, coming up on my first year writing fiction, and I’m taking a short pause to plan and organize. Between acclimating to Weight Watchers (it’s all about your mindset, really), and the flurry of submissions I’ve sent out over the past 5-6 weeks, it has been a hectic time, and I’d like to catch my breath for a moment or two.
So far in 2018 (all 14 days worth), I’ve begun breaking ground on a first novel, and have added 4 new short stories to the roster. I’ve had a print acceptance for “Trappe’s Rest”, and “Tumor” will be on the January episode of Dennis Serra’s “Evil Podcast” starting tomorrow, the second tale Dennis has chosen to use.
I have 11 other stories out at different markets, and am waiting for their status. It may be a bold move for a newbie like myself, but I’ve also provided “Bequeath” to the jury for consideration in the short story category at the Bram Stoker awards.
I have a few other partial ideas in the background, simmering as they tend to do, jotting down notes on everything that occurs to me. You never know when you’ll find exactly what you need in among those quick notes.
I’m also looking for ideas and themes for the website. I’m not even sure of what I’m looking for, but my gut tells me I’ll know it when I see it. There’s nothing wrong with it as it is, but I’m leaning toward a complete overhaul. Again, I’ll know it when I see it, so I’ll keep on looking around.
Ingram finally responded to my complaint about the print run, which my experience clearly shows as their error, so we’ll see what happens there. Meantime, I had Lulu do a short run of 10, which were absolutely perfect. I have 10 more coming, and will be getting them off to friends as soon as I can. Hats off to Lulu, who I will be turning to in the future. I’ll accept whatever offer I get from Ingram, just to put an end to that learning experience.
All this, in addition to the day job that pays the bills, and family obligations. Yep, I’m looking forward to week after next. I have the week off, and plan to reorganize and clean up the home office.
Unless, of course, I’m writing something new…