Since this is a writing blog, I think I should give periodic updates of what I'm working on as a writer, just in case you're interested.
- I currently have a few things out in submission -- a science fiction short story (about 2k words), a flash piece (just under 1k words), and a few 50-word stories. I won't give many details now because if they're not accepted, then they'll probably get tweaked and resubmitted elsewhere, and --hopefully-- I'll eventually be able to point you to some actual published work of mine.
- I'm making decent progress on a re-write of the first chapter of my novel. It's going a little slowly because I am also creating a rough top-level outline for the book. The whole "outline vs. just letting it happen" debate is a good topic for longer discussion some day, but for now, let me just say that I am somewhere in the middle -- I like the spontaneity of the seat-of-the-pants (SOTP) method, but have also run into several problems using it on this novel, so now I'm trying to outline to at least sketch out the overall plot structure. We'll see how this goes...
- I'm finishing up the last version of a short flash (<250 words) piece I'm going to use as an entry for the current contest at Flash Fiction Chronicles.
- I also have a few new short story ideas I'm mulling over and will be putting them onto paper soon.
- I'm staying involved at the Creative Copy Challenge , frequently playing around with the 10x10 concept (10 sentences of 10 words each, using the CCC's 10 prompt words in order AND in position within the sentence according to the number of the word).
- I'm also trying to be a little more social on fellow writers' blogs. My buddy DL Hammond's blog (Cruising Altitue 2.0) is one I frequent (he's currently doing a fun "WRiTE CLUB" contest), and I've met several other people whose blogs I follow. This is a lot of fun, and I'm getting to know many great fellow writers, but I also have to say that I am wary of getting too involved in this. Not that I'm anti-social, but I don't want all my free time to be spent blogging and socializing. As a full-time working engineer with a family, I only have so much free time, and I want to err on the side of writing more than blogging and socializing more. So if you're someone I follow and you ever wonder why I don't comment more on your blog, please don't take it as a slight or a sign that I don't like you or what you post.
- I'm reading as much as I can. I think being a writer requires a lot of reading. I always have a novel in-progress, and you can stay up on that by following the books I post to the right. But I also love reading the short-story and flash work of other authors. Every Day Fiction, its sister site Ray Gun Revival, and Daily Science Fiction are some of may favorite places to visit. I've discovered some really great writers at these sites (Milo James Fowler, Ruth Nestvold, K.C. Ball, and so many others). I definitely encourage anyone interested in great flash, short stories, and just damn fine writing to check out EDF, RGR, and DSF.
So that's where I am as a writer these days. I guess the most important thing is this: I'm still writing.