A couple days ago I received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. I’m not quite hitting the mark the way I want to, but overall it’s reassuring.

Not that anyone cares. This is just a placeholder post. I’ll look back at this and smirk, I think.

(4/27/16)

This is an accountability post for myself. Nothing to see here, folks…

When I first started writing, I had no idea it’d be anything other than making up stories and waiting for the money to flow into my bank account. Yeah, right.

Those early delusions aside, one aspect of the publishing business which took years to grow accustomed to is deadlines.

I’m juggling at least three short story assignments, all of equal importance, each due within ninety days.

Additionally, I have to finish a novel that’s been in limbo for too long. Although I’m writing it for myself, with no intention to publish, there’s no excuse to leave it incomplete. It will be my fourth novel.

If I add four novels and all the short stories I’ve written to-date, the total word count is still below one million. (Insert John D. MacDonald’s “million words of crap” quote here.)

The deadlines, while punishing, are preparing me for a professional writing career. I’ve gladly accepted the challenge of writing several short stories and a novel in the next ninety days. What intensifies the challenge are the demands for each story; they each have to be done right now.

I admire prolific writers like Kevin J. Anderson, Harlan Ellison, and Larry Correia. They are mature writers who have developed over the years a workflow which allows them to push projects out the door on time, and at a high level of quality.

With hard work and persistence, I’ll get there too.

Up-and-coming writer

September 30, 2015

After three years of floundering at this writing gig, I’ve managed to receive my most encouraging short story rejection yet–a Silver Honorable Mention in The Writers of the Future Contest. I’m elated and encouraged, but there’s still a lot to learn if I am to either sell enough enough short stories at a professional rate […]

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