I'm excited to share my new short stories. I'll post them to the blog next week on July 1st. The first one is called "Mr. Green." It's a really short spy/crime type scene that I imagine being the opening scene of a television show or a movie.
The second story is the one I've really been putting a lot of time into. It's called "The King's Puzzle." It involves riddles and wizards and treasure and I hope it'll be fun. I'm submitting it to a short story contest in mid-July, but I'm trying to finish it by July 1 so that I can post it to the blog sooner than later.
These past couple months I've gotten into a good habit of just writing a little bit of fiction each day. When I first started writing these stories, I would spend weeks planning and plotting (which mostly just means feeling stuck and not writing anything). Now I'm doing better with producing something each day. Even if I don't know where it's going, just the act of writing helps me come up with ideas. This shouldn't have surprised me at all, since I've always used writing as a way of sorting my thoughts.
The most encouraging part of this blog/story project so far is that I'm developing the habit of producing and being creative on a daily basis. I'm frustrated because I want to do more, I want to write novels and publish them on Amazon. I want to hire an editor because I know that's a really important step in a writer's development. I want to write better rounded short stories with more kick to them. I have so many ideas for my website, for my novels, for a podcast that I want to start... But I can't get too far ahead of myself. Right all that matters is write, write, write - build up my stories and try and improve every month.
It's encouraging to see all of the posts and stories pile up, even though it's only been a few months.
I'm super excited to send out my newsletter at the beginning of July where I talk more about how things are going.
I guess this Thursday I'm just feeling really grateful. The comments on the blog really fire me up. I love interacting with other readers and writers and creatives.
For everyone who has given my stuff a chance, thank you big time. I hope this is just the beginning of a really long and wild journey.