While I’m busy contacting publishers for Rise, I began to think. Realizing while that is prime focus at the moment, I should still try and be creative when I have time. Somehow that led me to conclude I should do something similar to an installment system with some of my more open ended Random musings. Honestly I think that will be beneficial to me in many ways. Given it does two things for me with ease. Spreading my writing out to a larger audience who may or may not be aware of my writings. While secondly giving me a chance to get better at writing short stories, without using installments. Which could be a great thing for me overall, as short stories can be done much more efficiently in less time. I will try to get an installment posted at least once a week. Depending on the reaction to them, I may increase that to twice a week. At the moment I’m not sure which I will return to first. Personally I know I will continue with Random Musings #6, #5, and #4. Since I don’t feel done with those yet. Also if any of my followers would like to see any of them continued, please comment below. I will try my best to do so.
After a little over three weeks of research, I have narrowed things down considerably. For the most part, I have narrowed it down to three publishing houses that specialize in science fiction and fantasy stories. The list is DAW, Quill House Publishers, and Xlibris. Due to submission guidelines, I will have to wait and see for the most part about things.
An interesting opportunity came up with Loot Crate, working with them on an upcoming crate project. While I’m still waiting to hear the full details on it, I curious and eager to work on it.
I’m starting to realize the less energy I have less productive I want to be. Which maybe why I’m starting to consider doing flash fiction, over struggling to make any progress in my two short stories. The lack of progress is I imagine is a large chunk e of the reason the muses have been quiet.
I think now I’m going to try flash fiction for a month or so. Hopefully that will spark the creative juices again, since I don’t have to focus so much with world building. Instead I can focus on just writing, even if I use prompts to get things started.
It has been a busy thirteen days, as work gets busier with leagues and band nights resuming. Yet I know there is more to come once the temperature drops over the coming weeks. Ignoring the irritation that causes me since it has limited my ability to write at work greatly. Which limits it even more outside of work since I will be sleeping longer to recharge and refuel for the next shift. Either I need to start drinking more coffee or figure out a way to get a more restful respite?
Moving away from that, my writing routine is in flux. Sometimes I meet exceed my goal, and other times I just don’t have any motivation to write at all. I haven’t decided if it burnout or just mental stress from life zapping away my creative juices. Which leads me to conclude I either need to change my routine into something more flexible and practical to prevent burnout. The question is how much of it do I change?
I may have a new opportunity as an outlet for my stories, waiting to hear back at the moment from my trending stories. Which should be exciting I hope and ignite my creative spark to a brighter flame. Once I learn more and hear back, I will share what I can.
After 15 days of writing 8 paragraphs split between two increasingly large short stories, I have realized something. My ability to write short stories is limited unless I have a word or, page limit for it. Which is either practical or a tremendous hassle for me. Given my desire to publish a physical novel. Yet it does have its practical purpose if I would want to do a serial, or annual installment in a story for a magazine or anthology. It is an oddly vexing contradiction within the nature of a being creative I think. Do you limit the scope of the story, or do you allow yourself to fulfill its full potential?
Outside of that slight paradox of frustration, and inspiration writing is going well most days. I have struggled a few days in this routine due to a mixture of sinus problems, mind-grains, and mental stress. On those days I try to at minimum do a paragraph in both stories just to keep the creative juices flowing. Usually, the day after if I’m feeling clearer, I double the goal to sixteen paragraphs plus whatever didn’t get done the previous day.
Given now that the busy season at work is beginning, I have decided to write six paragraphs a piece in both stories. Since writing at work may pose to be almost impossible when work is busy. It seems to be a rational step forward, instead of doubling the 8 paragraphs to 16 paragraphs in both stories. I would prefer to avoid writer’s block or a mental burnout.
It has been an interesting eighteen days, as work gets ready to go back to being busy. Which, will be a nice change of pace to the snail’s pace drag summer has been. Yet, there is a small upside for work being slow. By now you have probably guessed what it is. If you guessed, “writing,” you are correct. Allowing me to do three things, which I would consider are beneficial. The first being, I can keep my routine of writing every day going. While the second is one, it frequently allows me to reach and surpass my two paragraph a day goal in each of the two stories I’m writing. The final thing is it allows me to type up small sections of chapters to catch up, and get the digital versions up to date. Now to up the goal for another two weeks to four paragraphs a day.
Every time I buy more books, I realize reorganizing my bookshelves is a lot like playing Jenga. Trying to keep everything stable, close together to keep everything from toppling over. Providing a challenge as you move books from shelf to shelf. Sometimes stacking books horizontally, and vertical at other times. Especially when in 7 days (8/1/16-8/7/16) you manage to pick up a good amount of books (pictures below).
The routine of writing two paragraphs a days is progressing well. Keeping the creative juices flowing, as I make sure to do that at minimum everyday. Some days are harder then others, while other days the creative juices are never-ending.
After a full month of writing every day, I will admit it has been productive. I imagine being determined to stick to it has allowed the creative juices to stay in constant flow, or as close to constant as they can be. Yet, I’m not sure how much I actually wrote since most days I passed my paragraph a day goal. Given the fruitful nature of it so far, I’m realizing it is time to increase it. Doubling the goal for next two weeks, than deciding how to proceed from there.
Even though I will admit, I have fallen slightly behind in typing them up. Which is seems to be simultaneously good, and bad. I should work on keeping the digital document version as updated as possible, just finding the time is a challenge. Maybe I just need more coffee, and less sleep, haha.
Now before I forget, I have now exceeded 125 followers on here. Thanks for the follow, everyone
Hard to believe it mid-July already. Summer has gone by quicker then I thought it would. Yet it always seems that way, despite the massive slow down at work. Upside to that it allows me to write at work. Which honestly, seems to be the only thing that seems to make the time move a little bit faster, compared to it making an eight hour shift feel like a fifteen hour shift. That has been productive as I have managed to start part II of my post-apocalyptic, sci-fi tale. The hybrid noir and fantasy story, is just getting complicated for something I originally intended to be a short story.
In addition to that, my digitally published book The Nightshadow Chronicles was selected to be reviewed by a large group on Goodreads. While I don’t know how many reviews I will receive at the moment, it will be my first set of reviews for it. Given how long the book sat un-reviewed, I’m curious to see what they think.
Also I went through and did some minor tweaks on the blog. Changed the color scheme to match the Canva made header. Thoughts on the changes would be appreciated.
Since I seem to have problems getting my drafted post to publish on schedule, I will be using this as a makeshift test and update. Hopefully this works, since I really hope to be in bed before 6am (eastern time).
Outside of that brief set of statements, it is time to update. For the most part, I think my routine is helping a lot more than expected. Most days surpassing my paragraph a goal day. Other days a paragraph seems to be all I can write as my mind tries to figure out which direction to go in either story. Along with trying to clarify, mental pictures of some of the more important details.