What does that mean? It describes what I’ve been up to lately. I’ve been rushin’ to get Dreamie’s Box finished and through the final edit before it goes to the copywriter.
I’ve also been haulin’ out old stories that I’ve not done anything with, getting them revised and ready to release on Kindle as a group of collections. Flash fiction is great for that.
Along with those two projects, I’ve got three writing courses and a workshop that I work on each week.
Sprinkle in those pesky domestic errands and other necessary appointments and time tends to spin its wheels in one direction and race off in another. So, here I am, in the middle of March, looking around for the first time in a long while.
And how are you all? I’m hoping that productivity, creativity, and harmony are paramount in your worlds. Pop in once in a while and let us know what you’ve been working on. Don’t be shy. It doesn’t matter if it’s something you neglected to get done last year. I have several of those projects hanging from the rafters, waiting to be taking down and dusted off. Drop your news in a comment and give us a thrill.
Now, as to my tiny goals for this year, I have several. All of them are important to me, but the one thing I’ve worked into the program this year is the time to relax, have fun, and chill out. I have no intentions of going back to the burn-out zone. Been there, done that too many times already.
I managed to get through a revision of Dreamie’s Box in February. All I have to do now is get the last half of the book through my crit group. Not that I’ll wait for them before shopping it out to agents. The first three chapters are finished and ready to go, as well as the next dozen chapters. I should have the rest ready for its first run out by the first of April. That makes me feel good.
Hey, you can only kill off so many characters before you’ve lost all your suspects. You know?
I also want to get this flash fiction mini-collection launched by the end of March—no later than the first week of April. The stories are all fantasy and a bit on the spooky side. Not grisly, but spooky. After that I have a short collection of contemporary flash fiction that ranges from fantasy to quirky. Both of these chapbooks have stories of around 500 words each. These will sell for $0.99 each.
Two later books of short fiction will come out later; one with stories running just over 1000 words, and the next with stories between 1500 and 2000 words each. These will go for $1.99 each.
These should all keep me occupied for a while and are part of my goal list. After that, I’ll work on only those stories and books that have been sitting on multiple backburners for so long that some probably have moss growing around their edges.
And there you have it—my rushin’ and haulin’ exercises for a fit writer. Or, at least as fit as I’m likely to get sitting in front of the computer.
I’m working hard to get set up so that I can come here at least once a week. We’ll see how well I do with that since things have settled down a bit. Take care, all.