Monday, April 30, 2012

This month: Story A Day!

Ugh. Trying to find my way around the new Blogger layout. Blogger doesn't go through drastic changes very often, so I can forgive them. Facebook, on the other hand, is a constant source of frustration. It seems like they change the site layout and function at least weekly!

Enough griping. On with the update!

Story A Day starts tomorrow and I can't wait. I love the idea of writing a short story a day.

I completed the challenge successfully last year, loved every minute of it, and even had one of the stories published: "Amazing, Incredible Sea Mongrels." I wrote a very rough draft during last year's Story A Day and then set it aside for several months. After I picked it back up and turned it into a decent first draft, I heard about the call for submissions for the upcoming Penumbra "Animals" issue. So I did a few rewrites, polished it up, and sent it off.

This year I will be following the same plan as last year: write one story a day, Monday through Friday. That means at the end of the month I will have twenty-three short story drafts (if I'm successful).

In June, I'll look over what I have (as well as revisit last year's stories), and see if I've got anything I want to work into a finished, polished story. I hate to admit it, but (except for "Sea Mongrels") I've neglected last year's stories. This year I plan to do better and try to get at least two or three of them finished and (knock on wood) published.

I'll be posting updates here on the blog to let you know how it's going.

Currently reading:

Empire of the Summer Moon, by S. C. Gwynne

Badass Zombie Road Trip, by Tonia Brown

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