Bliadhna mhath ùr a-huile duine! Happy New Year everyone!
First of all, my big news is that The Drabblecast accepted my “Earth Music” story!!! I am truly thrilled. This is a story I’ve previously blogged about writing and editing (also known as my alien and bagpipes story). It began about a year ago on 1 January 2012, whilst I was attending a “First Footing” event and thinking about a writing prompt from Cat Rambo’s SF&F class.
If you aren’t familiar with Drabblecast.org, you should be! Check out their short story podcasts – it’s free and awesome! They really live up to their byline, “strange stories written by strange authors for strange listeners”. To be perfectly honest, not all of the stories appeal to my personal taste (I suppose my strangeness is not fully developed), but all of them are beautifully produced. I am honored that they accepted my story, and I can’t wait to listen to it (so far I don’t know when that will be).
A little over a year ago I sent in my first story submission – and got my first rejection from Daily Science Fiction on 20 December 2012! The email print-out is prominently displayed over my desk, next to a framed copy of my first acceptance.
My stats for the past year:
Number of different stories submitted: 5
(Writing-rpg posts: a little over 100)
I will resist (sort of) the temptation to make a list of New Year’s resolutions about writing. “Resolution” seems like one of those ill-fated words. A word destined to result in failure, a word that weighs you down with its negative subtext.
Instead I’m going to declare some writing Intentions for the New Year. These are my personal goals, subject to change and in effect only for so long as they motivate me in a positive way!
Writing Intentions (NOT resolutions) for 2013
1. Write AND submit ten new short stories (goal: one a month)
2. Finish the first draft of my novel (goal: 2,000 words per week)
3. Blog more frequently (goal: weekly)
What writing intentions/goals have you set for yourself in 2013?