Last year I attempted to post writing progress updates each week. At Necon, the previous year, someone told me that that's how he kept himself motivated to write. So I gave it a go.
It lasted eleven weeks.
Not that I needed motivation to write, of course; I needed—and still need—to manage my time better. So the weekly updates did nothing to help me write consistently. Plus, to me, they seemed boring and rather haughty. So I stopped doing them. Weekly, anyway.
So here's a new update.
I now work from home, so I have an extra two hours to write each day. I haven't been fully utilizing those extra hours, but I am slowly weeding out distractions and getting a lot more done. This month, I submitted short stories to Camera Obscura and Weird Tales, as well as four poems to Toasted Cheese. And more submissions are lined up, once additional rewrites are done.
I still have a story short-listed with Dark Recesses, but they've been silent—on-line and off—since September, when they told me the story was short-listed. Queries have also gone unanswered. That's never a good sign.
The better news is that my story "Goddamn Electric" has been accepted for inclusion in The Zombie Feed, Vol. 1, a new anthology being put out by Jason Sizemore and Apex Publications. (This may actually come out under a new imprint name; not entirely sure yet.) Wait...I mentioned this in a previous post, huh? I think I did. Whatever. It rocks. Simulated high-five and/or fist bump...GO!
As for new stuff, I'm currently putting the finishing touches on "A Deeper Kind of Cold," a twisted sci-fi horror tale. I began this one years ago, then put it aside, then picked it, then put it aside. It needed to simmer...for a long time, apparently.
Then there's "She Cries," a sad ghost story which I really dig. It's another old story that I've recently rewritten. But before that, I'll be finishing the beginning of a collaborative story between me, John Boden, Nick Contor, and Mercedes M. Yardley. Can't wait to see how this one comes together.
And there you have it.
Oh...and another round of Shock Totem holiday tales, just in time for Valentine's Day? I think so. Dig!