Short Stories Redux

Blog Post No. 412

tenorWhile I try to get myself back into gear with editing, Christian and Brittni have been submitting short stories to collections and anthologies. That’s not all their doing, but it’s one of the things (the other things can be read about in the latest post on the Adventure Worlds Press site). I’m not going to lie. I’m a little jealous. I’m happy and excited for them. They did the work and took the risk, so they deserve it. I just wish I could say the same thing.

Yeah, I have been working on different stuff. I haven’t written a short story in a while and the last one I wrote didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped. I haven’t exactly been trying to get any short stories published, but it’s one of the goals I’ve had from the beginning. I learned to love reading through short stories (as I’ve mentioned a time or two). It’s how I learned to write and, honestly, I’m not sure I would have been able to get over the first writing hump if I had started with attempting to write a novel.

adventure-time-hard-work-sucks-finn-jake-flamethrowers-1403219301jThe problem is time. I want to write a bunch of shorts and start submitting them, but I have a novella and novel to edit. I could have written more short stories when I said I would over an over again over the last few years, but I didn’t and now I have to prioritize. Or, I have to just be happy for my friends and keep working on what I started. As a quick side note, that was a big issue back when I wanted to write but wasn’t actually doing it—the desire to explore the next new idea that came to me. I’m glad I have the willpower and/or drive to not fall into that trap anymore.

Or do I? Just kidding, I do. I’m going to keep editing (even though it’s been slow going so far) and maybe I’ll try to knock out a couple of shorts in between the novella and the novel. I’d really love to have a short story published in one of the still surviving magazines. I’d also love to be a full time writer, so I have to keep that novel writing stuff at the front of the queue. I think. It’s not a sure bet and I’m just going on the information I’ve been able to glean over the last few years. Either way, it’s back to editing the novella for me.

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