June / July summary

Well June and July have been very busy! Let’s see if I can recap…

Strom and Ash have been adventuring!

  • The Great Cherry Battle” was put up by The Evening Theatre on June 12th. This is part 3 in the series.
  • The Megalodonis slated for July IS OUT! It is part 4 in the series, so make sure you’re caught up on parts 1, 2, 3.
  • Part 5 will be the series conclusion and will be out this summer.

I was awarded 2nd place by the Judges and 2nd place by readers at Blank Page Challenge for my steampunk flash fiction story entitled “Agent and Smuggler.” Special thanks to Steampunk Journal for posting it as well. I enjoy this genre and may continue to write more stories with Annie and Michael.

I’ve been contributing almost daily to #vss365 on Twitter. It’s a lot of fun and sometimes the only creative writing I get to do in a day. I actually got stumped by a few of the prompts but most of them have been really fun. I’m always amazed by the breadth of interpretation and imagination of the authors on Twitter.

I’ve written a couple of Drabble to be submitted this month for consideration.

I’m writing a flash fiction piece for an upcoming contest.

I’m looking forward to a productive second half of the summer!

 

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Random TwitLit from #vss365

A recent TwitLit that I enjoyed writing. It gave me good memories to consider of important times in my life.

I’m posting it here so any readers can do the same. Don’t be afraid to review Robert Frost’s poem first!

June 21, 2018 – Twitter:

I passingly about myself had I trod Frost’s other roads – the ones less traveled or the common. At each I took my life changed, but I’ll never know if for better, worse or very nearly the same. Yet gazing back I sigh at divergences that made all the difference.

The Plan

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Well, I have been rethinking my writing direction for a while. It’s been nearly a year since I decided to make this a more serious hobby. “Hobby” is not really the right word because I’m not just writing fiction “for fun” – but rather it has a serious element for me. However, I’m not intending to be a full-time writer as my source of income. Anyway, that’s an aside.

Last summer I pull out some notebooks and pulled up some computer files that contained two novels I’d started at various points plus a whole series of short pieces of various types. I began playing around with the content of both novels and then when I found NaNoWriMo2017 I threw myself into one of the novels and hit the 50,000 word goal. Good stuff! And I managed to completely burn myself out on that story LOL. So I put it aside and decided to spend serious time working on flash fiction, drabble and short stories. I wanted to see if I could be successful with those styles and to get my creative juices flowing. That worked! I’ve had several pieces put online by various online magazines and I have created some stories that I’m really proud of (see especially “I, Author” “My Favorite Color” and “The Tigershark Jacket“). I’ve also entered a few contests (see “The Star Collector“). I hope I’ve made a bit of a name for myself in a few areas. I also intended to become a participant in the online writing community.

So those goals have been met.

My intention now is to rededicate a significant portion of my writing energy to one of those novels. That means less flash, though I still like the very quick turn around of flash fiction. I’m really excited for this direction and there are a couple of characters in that story that I’m really excited about.

So I guess in summary, things are going well in my creative world (if not in my “real world”). I’ve done what I wanted to do and proven to myself that I am capable of providing entertainment, and now it’s time to step it up to a larger scale. I’m excited for this opportunity.

I hope any of you who read this blog will follow the rest of my journey!