Time I surfaced and wrote about the challenge for a moment.
For those new here, my challenge for this year was to write 100 short stories this year (along with my other writing) and put each story up here and for sale in e-book form.
You can hit the tab at the top of the page marked “Challenge” to see all the covers and get links to the short articles about writing each one. Also, down the middle column is a running list and total. Just scroll down.
Each story stays up here for free until I replace it with a new story.
Now, with other deadlines and such this spring, I managed to get to August with just twenty-eight stories written. (Actually, thirty-one, but three were sold to traditional publishers, so I could only count twenty-eight in the challenge.) As I said before, I planned on time off in August for a trip and World Science Fiction Convention. And I spent a few weeks ahead of that working only on the publishing side.
But I was not worried in the slightest. My plan was to write about a short story a day for September, get back on track, and go from there. My plan was to be about 50 into the challenge right now.
Then one of my best friends, Bill Trojan, died at the World Science Fiction Convention, a friend that had a will and had appointed me executor of his estate. So instead of coming home and writing like crazy, as was the plan, I spent the last of August and most of September dealing with the estate, his house, and other items. In the last of August and most of September, I spent more time in a hotel room in Eugene, Oregon, where he lived, than I did here on the coast. Not counting in lawyer’s offices and on the phone with banks and other things that needed to be done.
So suddenly I find myself behind. We’re talking really behind, even for me, on this challenge. I have managed to write two short stories since Bill died, which now leaves the total at thirty, with seventy short stories left to write before January 1st.
That’s right. 70 stories still to write before January 1st.
In 97 days.
Not impossible, especially if I had nothing else to do. But alas, that is not the case either. I will be flying to Whitehorse, Canada, in the Yukon for a wonderful writer’s conference the first weekend in October. Then coming back and teaching a full week of workshops here. And somewhere in there I have to go down to Reno and pick up Bill’s van and other possessions from the coroner.
Also, Kris and I rented a huge office complex for WMG Publishing and the workshops. (I’ll write more about all that at some point later.) To make that work two major storage units have to be moved up there, plus Bill had an apartment full of books and stuff that will be stored in the new office complex as well until the estate is settled next year. Both of those need to be moved this next month. Even with professional movers, that’s a week out of my life at least.
But I still think I can do this, or give it a good run, even with all the traveling and moving adventures.
Almost three weeks, about 20 days gone for travel and moving, leaves 77. Figure a number of other days off as well and I am down to about one short story per day on the days I am free to write.
I figure 70 stories is about 350,000 words at around 5,000 words per story. (Trust me, I will write shorter if the story allows.) That means for each day I am writing, I will need to do about 5,000 words. About twenty manuscript pages, plus the article and the cover and the time to launch it on Kindle, Pubit, and Smashwords.
So not tossing in the towel just yet. I can do that.
Well, without health issues or more death issues I can do that.
Just don’t be surprised when you log in here and there’s a new short story. (If you don’t stop by regularly, you will miss the free read. Each story will be pulled when the next one goes up and you will have to buy it for 99 cents instead if you want to read it. (grin))
I will try to keep up most of the other blogs as well, including a new column I’m working on now for the “New World of Publishing” series I am calling “But why…?” Questions like… “But why would someone spend a thousand dollars to indie publish a book?” or… “But why would anyone give an agent 15% of everything simply to put something on Kindle?” You get the idea. (grin)
So this is sort of a new challenge, even crazier than the original one.
Challenge is now to write 70 short stories between now and the end of the year and put them up here, write an article about writing the story, and also do a cover and put the story up on Kindle, Pubit, and Smashwords before putting it up here.
Just slightly over three months.
Yup, that is officially nuts.
Stay tuned, it ought to be a laugh or two.