Sunday, February 4, 2018

End-of-January Progress Report

A couple weeks ago, I posted my goals for 2018. Mostly they are monthly goals. Let's see how I did in January:

One new story completed and submitted every month. In January, I completed a story and submitted it to an invite-only anthology. The editor accepted the story! That's my first acceptance of the year. I'll share more after the contract is signed.

I immediately jumped into another story and was 3,000 words into it. That's when I started reading an SF book that came out last year and is getting attention in awards circles. My story and that novel have too many similarities in premise and execution in the opening pages. This happens sometimes. There are no new ideas. In this case, any editor who would see my story would think I was copying at best, stealing at worst. So it's with quite a bit of frustration that I'm abandoning the half-finished story, at least for the time being.

Resuming my involvement in writer groups? Hasn't happened yet.

Read at least one book I haven't read before every month. I read "The Book of Dust" by Philip Pullman. I also reread two books I last read when I was about 10, so it was like reading them for the first time: Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Wind in the Door."

Take Care of Myself. Well, no. I haven't done this. I haven't had time to think about me. Unless you count taking an actual sick day when I had food poisoning instead of going to work. I did go see "The Post" with my dad one morning while the kids were in school. Does that count?

The end result: I was half successful on my resolutions in January.