I have a lot to say today. First off, thank you so much for all the followers! I am approaching a hundred on WordPress alone, which is amazing. What’s more is I am above a hundred on my Twitter account, which is also such a great thing to see, so thank you for that as well!
I suppose I should update you, my dear reader, on my life events:
My first convention didn’t happen this year. I’ve never been to one, but was hoping to go to Dragon Con in Atlanta. It’s not too far from me, so it would be a good one to visit. There’s a great scifi/fantasy scene, and I was hoping to get to know some people there.
However, it looks like I’m clear to go to it in 2018. I hope to see you there!
My First (Real) Novel
As for my first non-NaNoWriMo novel, I hope I’ll be done by the end of the year. I had three short stories over the last two months that distracted me, but I think that should be fixed soon.
I’ve only even written one novel before this one, and it had far less in the way of crafting an entire universe. It was also half as long as this, as NaNoWriMo requires 50k words, and this one is looking to be around 100k.
To be honest, I have sat down to write novels in the past, but never completed them. When I completed my first one in NaNoWriMo, I realized it was possible, and saw in my future the reality of a finished work. I can write a novel, and so can you.
I still love poetry, even if I think the medium is a shadow of what it once was. The self-reflective aesthetic of the 19th century was lost to a modern interest in conceptual messaging. I much prefer poetry with both form and beauty, and I think I will begin to share with you, my dear reader, my poems.
If you’re interested in poetry, leave me a comment so I know. I’ll share some in the future if this is the case.
Submissions, Submissions, and More Submissions
I have two completed short stories that are nearing submission quality. One is much closer than the other, so I want to get that one out tomorrow to various publications. The second one needs a solid 5% reduction in word count.
There’s a last short story that’s not at all finished. Oh, it’s a complete story, it’s just terribly dull. I’ll need to either gut it or restructure it to be a stronger contender for an interesting story.
I mentioned in my last blog post about my concerns over taking my hobby of writing and turning it into a career.
The thought weighs on me like a heavy backpack. I wonder about whether trying to do such a thing is beyond me, but then I remember that I shouldn’t be lacking the business acumen (I studied the subject, after all), the marketing knowledge (I have a background in such), and the writing skills (I still polish these ad infinitum).
Perhaps I can make this a career. Perhaps not. However, if I don’t try, it won’t happen either way.
Thank you for reading.
That’s what’s happening in my life, dear reader. If you liked this, please read some of my other posts below, and make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. My Instagram is devoted mostly to the books I buy, and my Twitter has random RTs of interest to me (generally science and the arts).
Check out some of my book reviews:
Book Review: The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. van Vogt
Book Review: Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein
Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
You may like more of my work on writing:
Where the First Draft Ends and Second Draft Begins
How to Tell if Your Writing is Improving
Going from Outline to Manuscript