I haven’t managed to get any work done on my third manuscript this week. Every time I open Scrivener, I stare at it and it stares back at me, making me feel like a failure (which makes me not want to write on it even more). I’m not sure that trying to work on the middle of a long-form work that was in progress is the best way to ease myself back into writing after a period of depression-related writer’s block.
I started with a short story. I wrote the first draft of The Girl Who Cried Lion this week, and in all it’s about 1,800 words. That isn’t a lot of writing for one week, but it’s some writing, and I’m proud of it.
In related news, I have an announcement. I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing some of my short stories here on my website for a while now. As much as I’m anti-art-for-free activist, at this point at least one of my short stories has been rejected by every professional market I can find to submit it to, and a couple of semi-professional ones as well. I won’t bore you with the monetary aspects, but I will say that getting paid for it is not going to be worth the time I’ve put in, as much as I’d really love some publication credits.
So I’ve decided to release Soul Eater. I wrote the first draft of Soul Eater in 2013 as part of an ArmageddonMUD-related writing group (shout outs to Jacob, my first and most loyal beta reader, and Olivia, who released her first book almost a week ago!) (another random, fun fact: current SWFA president Cat Rambo used to play Armageddon). This was the first short story I really attempted to market around, and at around 3,500 words, it’s one of my longer short stories.
Anyway, if you’re one of the people who constantly asks what I write, if you’re one of the people who asks to read my writing, now you know. If you would like to read it, click here.