It’s been a month since I’ve last posted. Sorry about that. What am I doing?

Well, I’ve been trying to get my writing life organized. First priority has been finding… no, making… time to write. My success has been mixed. I have made more time to write. I’ve been writing (or revising) every day. I’ve completed a new short story draft, my longest ever at about 7200 words. I’ve been working on revising stories I wrote at Odyssey (or before). My standards are higher now than they’ve ever been, but I have one story that is getting close to as good as I can make it and therefore ready to send out. I’ve also been doing a little bit of critique work, both for fellow Odyssey students and out on OWW.

But, this search for writing time has played havoc with all the other aspects of my life, all the things that are being sacrificed to make that time. So, the struggle goes on. The adjustments are not done yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

What else? Revision is hard! It wasn’t so hard before Odyssey, but like I said, my standards are higher now and I didn’t really have any idea what revision was until the workshop. Now, that last 20% of getting a story ready for the world is excruciatingly difficult. I’m no longer satisfied with ‘good enough.’

I’ll be headed to ChiCon, a.k.a. WorldCon, next weekend for four days. Looking to have fun, meet people, and hopefully learn a little bit. I’ll try to give a report when I get back.

I’m reading a couple of things. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, 30 short stories edited by Sean Williams. I’m almost done with it and the stories have been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed this book. I’m also making an effort to step out of genre a little bit and so I’m currently also reading the Collected Stories and Novels of Shirley Jackson, including “The Haunting of Hill House” which is what I’m currently in the midst of. I have the collected works of Flannery O’Connor next in the queue which I’m stoked about as I’m a huge fan of O’Connor. Her short story, “Everything That Rises Must Converge” is my favorite short story of any genre.

Hopefully, as things begin to settle back to normal, I’ll be posting here again more regularly. If not, feel free to poke me!

 

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