I've been spending my time doing a lot of career planning and looking to the future. The question on my mind is: this time next year, where do I want to be? The answers I've been chewing on are the steps and moves I need to make to get to that dream writer-self by July 2023. I do this type of thinking/planning every year and whether or not I get the thing I want, I always end up in a better place than where I started with opportunities crawling out of the woodwork. But how do I build on that to make sure my career and craft are constantly growing?
Last month, I worked on a novelette set in a smart house. and this month I've been working on a short story whose main character is a house. The house of a killer who's kidnapped a new victim. The house and killer have an interesting relationship, you could call it a friendship. But what is a friendship when one of the parties lives and kills inside the other?
One of my favorite steps in the writing, editing, and revising process is spreadsheeting my story. Spreadsheeting a novel is when a writer or editor takes a story and breaks it out into a spreadsheet summarizing the story on the scene level.
I feel like I've been heavy in this cavern of learning and consuming over the past month. I don't think I've made any big sales, though I did hear back about a story being held for further review. Bittersweet news. I hope the story gets accepted, but if it doesn't, it getting held means the story is doing something right.
Curious about where you can find my writing and editing work from May 2022? Check the links below for my work from Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, and more.
I'm currently editing (a lot of stuff!) a novelette about a newly married couple's honeymoon at the groom's supposed haunted cabin mansion in the woods. One of the main characters comes from a rich and well-off family with MANY properties, but none as famed, hidden, and haunted as their summer cabin tucked into the woods.
Help me pick a new blog post topic! With my workload and interest, I feel like the whole 'What I'm Consuming' blog post doesn't really align with the work I want to spend my time on. I've been kicking around the idea of what to use this week for and have come up with nothing.
All about what I've been working on over the past month, including my recent sales to the Washington Post, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and so much more.
I haven't been researching anything exciting for work the past few weeks. My job has me doing a lot of research, but not on anything you fine reader would be interested in reading about. It's all boring business formation and state statures. Exciting to me, but not too many people. So, instead, I'll give you an update on the book process and where I'm at with my editing and nailing down the hard part of the story.
Curious about where you can find my writing and editing work from March 2022? Check the links below for my work from Fireside Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, and more.