Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ups and Downs (#IWSG March 2018)

March IWSG Question 
How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

This is going to sound super dumb, but I celebrate by starting the next one.

I have so many ideas for stories in my head and I just want to get to all of them. After I've been working on something for a long time my mind starts to wander to the next project, and the revising and editing on the current WIP just becomes a drag. So finally finishing a project (as finished as it can ever be) and moving onto something new and fresh is very exciting and invigorating. Starting a new story is my favourite part of writing - everything is so full of promise and possibility, a long way off from the miserable pile of dreck it's going to become.


So I haven't done much writing or blogging so far in 2018, which I knew was going to happen. I make a point of hammering out the IWSG posts though, just so I don't lose my cherry spot on the sign-up list (currently at #93!).

I do however have a couple of bits of writing-related news. First the good - remember that story I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, that I found out was short-listed in a new anthology back in December? Well, they officially accepted it earlier this week! That will be my second acceptance this year, so I'm on a bit of a roll.

Since I don't have time to write any new stories, my roll will probably end right there, but hey, 2 for 2 ain't bad.

I'll have more details when I get them, and when I know I'm allowed to share.

As for the second bit of news...

From the highest high to the lowest low...

I was asked to submit one of those author interviews to a review blog as we all have done from time to time, only for them to reject it when they realized that I tend to write stories with vulgar language and mature content. I was mildly annoyed because I had stayed up late and rushed to get the interview in on time (as I mentioned, my writing time is nil), but mostly I just have to laugh. For those keeping score, this is the second time the content of my writing has gotten me kicked out of something. Remember last year when I was the first book eliminated from the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off because of a crass joke? I guess I'm developing a bit of a reputation. If only I could harness it for publicity.

I think I'm probably travelling in the wrong circles. I know my audience is out there somewhere, I just need to find it find the time to find it.


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