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Resolutions – substitutions; Just say no to Resolutions

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It’s that time of the year again, time for Resolutions. I have posted many times that I do not make resolutions; I just plan and do the deeds. However, I say this every year and I do make a list of things that I have to do to keep my sanity, especially in the realm of writing.

I have been writing, but only posting to my blog. Why you ask? I gotta stop drinking, procrastinating and going onto Facebook, and watching sports, and…but I digress.

I am not going to get caught up in the hype of resolutions, on the first day of January. Besides, I think all resolutions are a precursor to failure. However, I personally find that there really isn’t anything wrong with failure, failure means, you at least tried.

What I am going to do, try and maybe fail, and or, try and succeed, well, there are a bunch of things that I must do for the year of 2017 and beyond. I really have to finish all of the below because, I am tired of eating PB&J every day, with water. I really miss eating steak, salmon, caviar, champagne…even though I am a vegetarian, I still miss em all.

My goals for 2017:

Finish the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, by at least by the end February, or at least sometime this year, “Marooned”. I am into about 10k words (that took me six days to write 10k words), and would love to end with at least, 60k – 70k+ words. I have had a cover created, which has inspired me to write the story, all of which is glued to a tiny portion of my brain.

 I have finished two books in my “fictional autobiography” series. Now I need to edit them and find someone to read them, for clarity. There are four more in the series to write. The main thing is to find a publisher. I would love to have this series published the old-fashioned, traditional, way. Self-publishing is not out of the question.

In past couple of months, I have come up a few new story lines, Time Sleeper, Day Runner, Comic Con and Surf’s Up. My plate is getting full, and I am hungry.

I started writing a new book of poetry, Haikus. The Haiku’s are in regard to the seasons.  I was taking pictures of nature, in the spring, summer, fall and winter. I think I have all the pictures I need. Of course, a few more won’t hurt, and I have written over a hundred and fleshed out many more haiku’s. However, I have over 500 pictures, which is about the amount I would need to finish writing.

In addition, I have finished two screenplays. Now that I found out about Amazon Storywriter, it should help me focus on my story with features such as auto-formatting, import/export of my favorite file formats. They have also announced that they are now welcoming online submissions of drama series projects and are offering new expansions to their open-door submission policy.

 

A new Web site! I took the last one down three or so years ago. My goal is to get one up and running in the next couple of months.

On 3×5 cards, I have written out 42 stories. Most of them I wrote over 30 years or so ago. It’s time to outline those stories and get productive this years.

I have so many other goals to accomplish this year, and as of the first of January, I can’t think of any resolutions.

 

Am I a Fraud?

I am a fraud. I hope that isn’t true, but I’m beginning to feel if it may be. Let me explain; I have published (self-published) five books, since 2010. Two books of poems, one science fiction novel and two science fiction short stories. The thing is; the poems in my book, I wrote most of them in the 90s and again when I my mother passed away in 2000. The novel, I started writing way back in the 90s and finished it in 2010. It had been collecting dust until this year.
As for the short stories, yes, written back in the 90s. So, I can say that I really haven’t written anything in the last 14 years or so. I am a fraud. I just finished all of those stories in the past few years.
I have been working on my fictional auto-biography, again, since the 90s and I finished, part one, two years ago. It is supposed to be a six part story, but if I can get 3 novels out if it, I will call myself lucky. However, those were re-writes and more re-writes. It now the story languishes over there on my desk. I should get someone to dust this place because my novel is filled with dust.
On the other hand, now that I think about it, I did manage to write 39,000 words for part two of the series. That happened during the NaNoWriMo, the National November Writing Month, back in 2012. I am still debating on combining the first two books, which would give me over 100,000 words. A serious thought.
Since 2012, I have started several short stories, and three novels that, for some strange reason, I can’t seem to get into. One story I really like; I have written 20 pages and just got stuck. I have no idea what to put down on paper, or what direction to head. It’s the same with the other two. As for my third book of poems, Haiku’s, I have to wait until fall to find things that represent autumn, and I need at least 300 haiku’s, half-way there. I am beginning to think I am a fraud.
But, I digress. I am guessing my lapses in writing isn’t about writer’s block, which is driving me bonkers, but more about the business of writing. Some thirty years ago, I started at Wayne State University, working towards a degree in Journalism, and I really enjoyed the leg work, reporting and stuff. However, I had a few fiction stories in me that I really wanted to get out.
So, I started writing the fiction. Anyway, moving back to the future, I have realized one thing that has stopped me in my tracks and I am not sure if it is writer’s block, but for the fact, putting those books into the market has stymied me.
I put my heart and soul into writing my “babies”. I had no idea of the wisdom needed, in regard, to marketing. Even though I took a marketing class, way back when, just one class, though.
Nevertheless, in these four short years, I have only sold seven of my novels. On the other hand, when I first wrote my first book of poems, My Mother’s Garden, I sold 50 right away, mostly to close friends and family.
Looking back, someone asked me the other day, what was my goal was, in regard, to writing. I honestly couldn’t answer that simple question. I quit medical school to become a writer, (I never got in but I finished two years of pre-med with flying colors.). I was a dreamer, as a youngster, and loved science fiction and I couldn’t get enough. I truly wanted to write about it.
But, what is my goal? Fame, prestige, money? Sure, if I was 20 years old right now. I am beyond those years though. It wouldn’t hurt to make a few bucks, all the same. It’s funny, since I retired eight years ago I have had nothing but time on my hands. Writing is a business, and I have plenty to learn.
I want to say; not selling is depressing and hurts a tiny bit. Then again, I get it. I have more to learn, more to read, and I am not stopping now. I have more stories to tell.
Writer’s block, or am I a fraud? I hate to think I am the latter. I haven’t written anything in the last two week and I had to force myself to sit here and write this, I ran out of beer and that would have made it easier to write.

Getting ready to publish

I have been sitting in front of this computer since 1:00 pm. It is now 5 pm. I opened my Word program at that time.  Procrastination is about what I have been doing. I was planning to write something but my mind keeps wandering. I have accomplished about ten things that I needed to do during that time frame.

I just finished my second short story the other day and I in the process of trying to get a great cover. Thecovercollection.com did a super job on my last short story, in May. They just sent me a draft, of a possible cover.  It probably will be the cover I will go with, though, I really like. Of course, a few things need to be cropped. Other than that, it’s doable.

One the things I have to do is come up with a Great title or stick with the one I have now, which is “POLE”. I kind of like, “The POLE”, but that too is tentative. I will see what gives in the next few days.

the pole

Next on the list is “Woman in Red”. However, I only have 3000+ words so far. I will have to embellish it in the next month or so.

Plus, I have been working on my third book of poems. Titles are the toughest thing for me, but I might stick with the one I have now: “Seasons of the setting Sun: Haikus”. Still adding summer and maybe a few more for the Fall.Image

The Only thing I have to watch out for is, constant procrastinating!