Sunday, November 20, 2011

5 stories, 1 week

From the Speakers: IN THE END by Linkin Park
Just Read: GREGOR THE OVERLANDER by Suzanne Collins--At times I thought the writing needed work, but over a fun adventure. I love Boots!
Just Read: THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick--I was skeptical about all the drawings to being with, but they're actually pretty awesome. Made it feel like you were speed-reading.
Reading Now: THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke

I've prided myself on my commitment to writing lately. Being a nurse, I have a varying work schedule, but it comes down to three days in the hospital each week. That leaves a large chunk of time each week to work on my craft.

This week, I've been especially busy. I've sent off five stories to various magazines, bringing my total number of stories floating around to nine. That's a lot of crossed fingers.

A few of the stories have been flash fiction--that's stories with fewer than 1000 words. It's a challenge to write these, but I think they're very fun, and have a lot of creative potential. Their brevity may contribute to how prolific I've been lately, but it's been a blast researching flash fiction markets, reading some great samples, and picking the right magazines for each story. It's like playing the right card in a tight game of rummy.

One thing I've noticed about writing, there's a definite positive feedback loop involved. The more I submit, the  more driven I am to write and submit even more. The more comments I get from magazines, the more I want to send them something else. Thank goodness for this.

Set the bar high last week. Gotta make sure I jump over it this week.


  1. "The more I submit, the more driven I am to write and submit even more." That's the stuff!