A New Year. A New Start. A New Way to Finish.
So it’s limbo time. Christmas festivities and way too much food are fading rapidly into the distance, the year is not yet over, and it’s time to take stock of the year. For me, this means having a look at goals I had, and seeing if I met them, met half of them, failed miserably, or realised my goals weren’t quite right. Sometimes it can be better to change track than pursue a goal that I no longer want.
So here’s a few stats from 2016 for me;
Short Stories Started: 14
Short Stories completed: 10
Short Story Submissions: 7
Short Story Rejections: 6
Novel Chapters Written: 11
Novels Worked on: 2
New Novel ideas: 2
Novels completed: 0
Approximate Word count: 90,000.
That wretched analytical part of my brain that likes to find faults with things tells me that if I’d written all 90k in the one place my novels finished count would read 1. But I have to admit, that I really like writing short stories. I love to read them, and that makes me want to write them even more. There’s something about condensing all those bigger ideas and topics and characters down to one small picture that makes it a sharper version of a long story, a glimpse through a window, that, once seen, makes me want more.
I hope you all had a wonderful festive season, and that you have a chance to make goals and dreams for a healthy and fulfilling 2017.