My writing group is critiquing each other’s websites today. I have no idea what they’re going to say, but I’m pretty sure the fact that I don’t have a lot on the blog part of the site. So, this is partially to appease them, and partially to actually update everyone as to what’s happening in my life.
Writing. Website critique. More writing.
Life is good.
I’ve started working on a new short story a few weeks ago. I’m still not too sure I’m good at them, but I’ve been getting better at writing them the more I work at it. I’m going to keep with it and improve what I feel is a weakness of mine in my writing.
This new story has been a bit difficult. I hit a brick wall with it for a little while and then I decided to take it in a slightly different direction. After making that decision, I was able to get a little further into it. I’m liking where it’s going and I’m hoping that after revisions and critique it’ll be something I can truly be proud of.
I never thought that the challenge of writing short would be fun, but I’ve been enjoying it. When I wrote Etched in Steel, I had to keep it under 1,250 words. That was a challenge, but I got it done. And now I’m thinking the work paid off.
I always told myself that I was bad at writing short stories because I’m a long-winded writer. I tried a few times, but always gave up in the end and stuck what I thought I could do, which was long fiction only. But thanks to my writing and critique group, I had to force myself to try it. Really try it. I struggled at first, but with their help, knowledge, encouragement, and constructive criticism, I started to get better at writing short form.
Now, all that has paid off. I am pleased to announce that I received an email yesterday that my first published short story was released! Yes, that means I am officially a published author, a dream come true. It’s the first stepping stone towards the publication of novels.
My short story, Etched in Steel, can be found in Michigan’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, by Z Publishing.
Here’s a link to Amazon where you can purchase a paperback copy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1725001144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534115166&sr=8-1&keywords=michigan%27s+emerging+writers
On to the next stepping stone. Thank you for the encouragement and support!
Hello everyone! I haven’t updated in a while and there are reasons for that. I have some awesome news that I will inform you about in the next few days, but for now, I just wanted to inform you that the site is back up and running.
There was an issue with the old server my site was on, and it was accidentally deleted. It took me a while, but I was able to get it back up. Unfortunately, it meant rebuilding it from scratch. So it may take a few weeks for the site to be fully back on its feet.
That’s all for now.