Writing Wednesday: The Waiting Game

I’ve got nothing exciting to report this week. So far, no news from the magazine I sent my short story to, but according to their guidelines, they usually get back to authors in two weeks, so I’ve got a bit of time left to go.

Writing-wise, I had one late-night of free-writing in the UF world I’m playing with, but nothing since. The week has been busy, and it’s also been draining on a lot of fronts. Those two variables do not make for good motivation, so I’ve been slumping just a little. I did try writing Monday night, but when I sat down to churn out some words, even just a page’s worth, my brain kind of glazed over and I decided it was best not to push anything too hard for fear of breaking something.

So that’s it for now. Next week, I hope to provide far more encouraging writing stats and maybe even a short story response! Only time will tell, so we’ll see.

Writing Wednesday: Getting Back in the Saddle

I had such high hopes for this year, but you know what they say about best laid plans and all of that. For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while, or if you know me really well, you know 2014 has been a tough year for me personally. Things are looking up, and I may get into that at a later time, but for now, I want to focus on something tangible. Like creating another alliterative weekly post. 🙂

So the idea behind “Writing Wednesdays” is to basically give a progress report for what I accomplished writing-wise during the week. Not too formal, not too structured, but something to keep me accountable and give you all a chance to hear about what I’m working on.

Right now, I’m free-writing. I started on 6/30 with a toying in a secondary fantasy setting, but while I’ve been chewing on the setting for a while, I’m not sure where I really want to go with that world, so short of writing a page-and-a-half scene, I’ve got nothing. So on 7/3 and 7/7, I started free-writing in an urban fantasy setting I’ve been brainstorming for a while. I like the opening, but the second scene I’m feeling my way through, and I’m having to consider what I’m really driving at in the story and what I want the payoff to be. But it’ll be fun to think about. I’ve been thinking about the magic system for a while, so it’s going to be fun to play around with.

I also decided to take my short story that got rejected from F&SF and start putting it back out in the market. I’m too superstitious to say the name of the story or where I sent it, but should it get accepted or rejected, I’ll reveal the market and likely ask for suggestions for other markets, should the response be a big fat no. This is submission #18 for the story.

And that’s all I wrote!