Last night, about 1 am, I finished my 11th short story of the year. Yeah, really. One to go and I’ll have made it. I’m pretty stoked about it, especially since I may actually do a Nano Novel in November…but don’t tell anyone, because that’s an on-again/off-again venture if there ever was one. Still waiting to see if the part-time writing gig materializes. Not counting on it, but the way my life goes, it’s sure to happen within 24-hours of committing to Nano and there’s no way I can do both and exit November with even a modicum of my suspect sanity in tact.
Anyway, back to the stories. Yeah, I’m pretty happy with my progress as I’ve actually begun the last story of the year. Got a few hundred words already penned. At the beginning of 2007, when I made this my plan for 2008, well, I didn’t know the many roadblocks that 2008 would throw my way. Despite them, it looks like I’ve made it (did I just jinx myself?), so right now I’m grinning like a fool. Heh. Simple pleasures for simple folk.
Okay, my last story is just a nugget of an idea so far…but here’s the best passage:
“Sorry,” I mumble apathetically. I do ennui well. Although, at a certain point, I suspect practiced ennui becomes the real thing.
Okay, that’s not much, is it? But I have faith that before long it’ll roll itself up into something. I would love to complete the final story before Nano begins, but will likely need to focus on a plot outline for my Nano novel this year, which, assuming it happens, will be a sequel of sorts to one of my monthly stories…featuring a nasty, mad magician.
I’m earmarking December for revising at least a few of the stories I wrote this year and to submitting the bad boys.