I wanted to take a moment to update readers on my writing progress since my last update in October. Here are five things to note:
1). I am currently in the final self-editing revisions for two of my short stories: The Visitor (formerly known as The Letter) and Collision (which my wife believes is my best work yet, and I’m not going to argue with her about it).
2). I continue to fine tune The Visitor as I prepare to (hopefully) self-publish it on Kindle in the near future.
3). I completed the final revisions for my short stories The Farmer in Shackles and Chasing Her.
4). I submitted Chasing Her to the upcoming 2015 Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest. I should know by the end of February if my story made it in the top 25 or not. Needless to say, I would be ecstatic if it did.
5). In December, while on a business trip to Las Vegas, I began structuring and outlining my next project: a short story entitled The Great American Clubhouse Fire.
Thank you for your interest in my writing progress, and for joining me on this journey.
After having received positive feedback from a writing group on the first chapter of my novella, The Red Bridge, I have recently received positive feedback on my short story, Chasing Her.
When I sent Chasing Her to my editor for review (it was the first piece I sent her), I received the critique that I expected but I also received words of encouragement that I did not expect.
“First of all, I will say you are a very good writer. I’m glad you are becoming serious about using your gift. Many published writers don’t write as well.”
Although I value critiques from family and friends, I understand the true measure of one’s work is weighed in the critiques they receive from strangers who tend to be more honest with providing necessary criticism.
Unsure of what it was about my writing she found impressive, I pressed her for more information and I received the following response:
“You just did a great job at telling the story in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of her seat while wondering where you’re going with the story. It sounds like that’s what you were going for, and you accomplished it.”
It’s this kind of encouragement that provides me with the needed sustenance to continue down the lonely road of writing.
I wanted to drop a line to let everyone know what’s been happening. Since my last post I have completed a short story entitled Chasing Her, I’ve begun work on a new short story entitled The Visitor, I’ve tweaked this blog’s appearance, and I have been working on the creation of a website.
My novella, The Red Bridge, has been on hiatus for some time now as I’ve worked on the blog, the website, and the new short stories, but I will get back to TRB in the near future.
As soon as the website goes live I will notify everyone on this blog. Stay tuned!