Another couple of weeks in the books. Here’s how it went down.
This week it’s another quote from Ray Bradbury
“You fail only if you stop writing.”
— Ray Bradbury
When you’ve had a tough week, month, or year in the ol’ writing trenches, I think it’s natural to stop, look around, and say to yourself, “Should I keep doing this?” I certainly have. When I feel like that, I try to remember this quote (and a few like it). You see, I’ve found that the answer to most of my writing woes is, well, more writing. The urge to give up after a disappointing rejection or a bad review or some tough but honest feedback is sometimes unavoidable, but if I drown that feeling in a sea of new words, more often than not, it fades away, and I can get back on track. I think the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written in 2021 is a testament to this particular method. 🙂
Another slow couple of weeks in submission land.
Just two submissions in the last two weeks. As I said in the last update, I’m definitely winding down for the year. Now that I’m over 100, I don’t feel any huge urgency to send out tons of subs in December. I might get a few more out, but I’m more concerned with getting responses from the 16 subs still pending. Hopefully, a few of those will resolve in my favor before the year’s end. The two rejections were run-of-the-mill form rejections, so nothing too exciting there.
Wrote and turned in the final two stories (out of seven) I was contracted to write for Privateer Press’s Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika setting. Might be some light revision to do, but this job is pretty much complete. I’ve written a lot of fiction in this setting in 2021, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s epic science-fiction with a touch of magic, and just choked full of interesting concepts and characters. I sincerely hope I get to write more of it in the near future.
With freelance work done for the year, I’m likely gonna take a breather until 2022. I might get a few submissions out, but no real goals for the remainder of 2021.
Those were my weeks. How were yours?