It’s Been A While


It has been a while since  have posted. I have my reasons, I just can’t think what they are right now. Nevertheless I figured that today would be a great day to catch up.

Back around the beginning of the year I had a little bit of a creative depression. I wanted to write, but between having so little time, and moaning about having so little time, and the pressures of work, I got close to nothing done. Then follows the sense of failure. Introvert though I may be, I am still, by nature of my humanity a social creature and I realized that what I needed was to be able to commiserate and share with other people like myself. Writers who had yet to meet with much success, who like me needed support, guidance and a chance to help and guide, and most importantly, something or someone who would hold me accountable for creating something on a regular basis. So, on the fly, I signed up for a writing class with Cat Rambo with the hopes that I would find that thing I was looking for.

That was the best thing I could have done. It was perfect in all ways.

Cat was great and I learned a lot from her in the six weeks that our class met up. But the group of ladies and one guy, sincere, wonderful, supportive, friendly, funny, interested and interesting, diverse writers that I met in class are worth more than the $200 I put down for that class. No amount of money could have paid for what I’ve gained in them.

We call ourselves Nebula Bound, because, well, isn’t it obvious?

Since the end of that class, I have completed a new short story (actually a much expanded rewrite) and have submitted it to Clarkesworld. Don’t start clapping yet. I received my official Clarkesworld rejection within two days. Ha! But, its all good. I’ve already sent it off to another magazine and I’m working on another story.

Actually, I’ve got a few stories planned, one of which will be a novella, and I’m feeling very hopeful about bringing them all to completion.

AUW has received two 5 star ratings on GR in the last week or so. That’s terrific considering it seems to have been at a standstill for the last several months. That’s something, isn’t it?

I’ve also joined another group of terrific writers in a private online crit group. There are some great folks in that group as well with great talent and burgeoning name recognition. Not my name, but hey, I get to say, “I’ve got connections.” Right?

Back to the topic of the Nebulas, I’d like send my own small unknown yet warm congratulations out to everyone who was nominated and/or who won a Nebula this year. It is great to see so many women! I’ve made a personal goal, as one who is Nebula Bound (stop laughing at me!) that I will read the winning works and at least half of the nominated works this year. I enjoy a good story like anyone else, but also I hope to learn something about good story telling, development and theme.

I’ve already started reading Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and I’ll be updating as I go on GR. I plan to post my reviews on GR and here. Anyone wish to read along with me? I’d love the company.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now. I’m out.