The Four-Project Plan

As long as I’m going to do too much at once, I might as well formalize it with a plan.

First, let’s take a step back. When I say “do too much at once,” you know I’m being dramatic, right? What I’m referring to is my infamously short attention span, coupled with a fearsome mid-life-crisis-esque drive to accomplish something, anything, I had envisioned for myself when I was younger, more idealistic, and less focused. One of my biggest and longest-held dreams is to be a published author.

Returning to the topic at hand. I know these titles won’t mean anything to most of you, but here it is, my Four-Project Plan for Getting Something The Hell Published.

Editing – short story:
The Summer King
(next: Sustenance)

Writing – short story:
Rift (story one)

Editing – novel:

Writing – novel:
Warden of Dragons

So there you go. While I edit one novel and one short story, I’ll be writing one novel and one short story. Nice symmetry, no? Part of this plan is to purge a backlog of stories from my head, stories that have been nagging me for as long as 20 years. Ouch! Did I just type that aloud?

Meanwhile, two short stories are making the rounds of the professional markets, gathering rejections like travelers to Hawaii gather leis as they debark on the islands. Ahhh, publishing. Well, in the words of a mentor, Holly Lisle, in a recent email where she answered an email from a disparaging writer, “If you CAN be talked out of it, quit.” I have no intention of quitting, thank you very much.

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