Monday, November 17, 2008

Writing Efficiency: Making a List.

I've made my list and I've checked it twice. The holidays are approaching and I'm buckling down my resolve to keep writing. This week I intend to write another article for Triond.com, work on my short stories, find a place to query / submit "The Boy in the Window", write 2 independent blog posts (this is #1!), and start reading a book called "The First Five Pages" by Noah Lukeman.

So, while you shouldn't expect me to be hopping down your chimney with gifts galore, we can expect that I should get at least some writing done this week. And just so we're all on the same page, waiting until the weekend for this is out since I'll be working on my basement, just as I did this last weekend.

I'm looking forward to having the basement finished, though it probably won't happen until after the new year. Once everything is finished, I'll be moving my home office downstairs and the wife has already given me the okay to set up my own little haven for writing and whatnot. I don't expect that I will always be afforded the opportunity to work from home, which comes with its own caveat of responsibility, so having a dedicated office / den will secure my writing space well after I find myself returning to the regular workforce.

I think my manager would be a bit upset to read that. I'm not actively looking for a new job, I just realize that sometimes business decisions have to be made that don't always suit all parties involved. This post is only in reference to my writing, not my work during normal business hours. (That's my disclaimer and I'm sticking to it!)

The truth is that I'm very serious about my future and writing. I don't see myself ever losing the desire to write and I'm never really happy when I'm not writing in some form or another. This summer provided its share of... distractions. I would be a fool to try to convince anyone that I wasn't disheartened in the least to find that "The Boy in the Window" didn't receive even an honorable mention, though I realized that Fantasy / Sci-Fi didn't really suit the type of story it is. But I've got a copy of the 2009 Writer's Market on my desk, fresh from the library. So we'll see if we can't get another rejection letter or two before we find it a home. Of course, that will take some time between notices and responses. I'll keep you updated though, if you'd like.

I'm only looking to sell first publication rights to my short stories. I have a little something in mind for them in the months to come and I don't like the idea of having no control over something I've created. Sure, it's just a short story. But it's my short story. If I want to give it away for free, or put it into a collection of stories for a later reprint, or post it on a bulletin board on the moon, well... I want to have the option to do so. Is that so bad?

Anyway, what do you have planned for the week?

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