Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A very late Clarion wrap up....

I didn't reach my Clarion goal. Let me get that out of the way first of all. However.... I wrote three short stories, wrote a dozen or so story starts that didn't go anywhere.... yet, and I wrote several thousand words into the great beast that is my novel. I don't have an exact word count since everything was in different files but I wrote about 12,000 words.

Let me say that again, in one month I wrote 12,000 words... with a toddler at home. If I compare it... it's paltry. There are writers that write whole novels in the time it took me to write those 12,000 words. But me, where I am, squeezing writing into 2-3 hour blocks after the kids asleep, fifteen minutes while he's making puzzles at the library.... this is amazballs. I'm proud.

I'll be polishing off the short stories in the next weeks (August is the busy month of busyness for us!) and starting to send them out to market. And I'll be sending out my sponsor gifts soon. I'm not sure if I'll be trying Clarion next year or the Write-a-thon. Life has taken me to all sorts of unexpected places this year.

The rest of this month is going to full of polishing, resubmitting (ZOMG I have no short stories on submission right now... I must fix this!) and re mapping out the novel. After that I just have to take things as they come.