I’m impressed with the ability of my camera phone. I suppose it is 8MP but it isn’t like it has any other special camera qualities. This is from that same canyon hike. Some of the trees in town are sadly losing their beautiful leaves. I know, it’s all part of the process, I just want to see those colors a little longer, ya know?
All right, onto the goals:
- Write at least 3 short stories intended for publication. I’ll probably try my hand at several more than three, but the hope is to find three gemstones among the rocks.
The second draft of my short story is now 1475! That leaves me room for word tweaks. I got some feedback on it and there’s a few things I need to make more clear, but my reader liked the story. I plan to take a couple pages of it to my group (we have a 2-3 page limit, and there’s 5 pages…) and see what my fellow writers have for feedback. After draft three, it’s probably going to come your way Brian, and then I’ll set it aside and work on another.
I also spent some of the weekend scouring old novels I’d written to see if I can section a 4000 word novella out of them for another contest. Nothing is grabbing me yet. I may end up passing on the novella contest…
- Read the helpful books to prepare me for the editing fest that will be late November early December on Shade.
Still reading Robert McKee’s Story and I’m posting some great quotes on Twitter. It’s amazing that he can make you feel both inadequate and inspired at the same time. If you haven’t read Story, you need to. Pick up your own copy. It’s great to read while editing or writing. One of my favorite quotes I’ve read so far: “For talent without craft is like fuel without an engine. It burns wildly but accomplishes nothing.”
- Have read all 201 available Anton Chekhov’s short stories from ibiblio, sprinkled with Hemingway and Bradbury.
I’ve read 15 of 201 Chekhov short stories. Some I really enjoyed, others less so, but the craft is always present.
- Once December hits, tear Shade apart and polish it to pure awesomeness! Coming in December…
Remember how last week I said I was lazy about how I finished my short story? It’s always interesting when you go back later and take a look to see if your opinion had changed. A little lazy? Yes. But bad? Definitely not. It gave me a fine skeleton to flesh out and I’m happy with how it’s progressing.
It was also fun to read over my old stuff and see how much I’ve progressed as a writer. Hold onto your old work. I know some writers might not want anyone to know they were ever as bad as that but honestly it gives me encouragement to see that I am improving.
Okay blog buddies, how are you coming on your goals? And you fellow Row80-ers?