Improving My Craft

Goals vs. Resolutions: What I intend to accomplish in 2017

I don't like New Year's Resolutions. The first week of January, the gyms are full, the parks are crowded with joggers, and the self-help section of the book store is buzzing with activity. ¬†Resolutions tend to last about a month before they fade into the past and are forgotten. On the other hand, I love… Continue reading Goals vs. Resolutions: What I intend to accomplish in 2017

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Writting Success

Writers of the Future Published Finalist

Back in April of 2016, I learned that one of my stories had been selected as one of eight finalists in the Writers of the Future contest. A few weeks later, I received word that the story had not been selected as a winner, but they asked to hang on to it. At the end… Continue reading Writers of the Future Published Finalist

Improving My Craft

30 Stories in 30 Days: At the Halfway Mark

I've just wrapped up my 15th story, which means I'm halfway through my 30 stories in 30 days challenge. Some stories, I think, have real promise. Or at least they will once I clean them up. Others aren't so great, but they have the seeds of something else. Still others are just plain awful. Technically,… Continue reading 30 Stories in 30 Days: At the Halfway Mark

Writting Success

Writers of the Future Finalist

Sometimes, in a sea of rejections, it's hard to keep my head up. I've spent the last year focusing on short stories because I find that the abbreviated length helps to spend my learning process. Still, I've yet to make that first professional sale. Each quarter for the last year, I've entered one of my… Continue reading Writers of the Future Finalist