First Reset of the Year!

Happy Monday, everyone! I nearly forgot it was Monday, despite having been looking forward to it, because I stayed up quite a bit past my bedtime to watch the Golden Globes after work, then allowed myself to sleep in a bit, and then realizing that this meant I had less time to try to get everything I needed to do before going back to work. And work is very work right now. My department is really small, there’s only four of us, and one of the two full timers of that four is out for about a month on medical leave, which means the other part timer and myself are temporarily full timers. It always bums me out a little that my writing time is being compromised, but I know it’s temporary, and the extra money certainly is a good consolation prize.

Work notwithstanding, I’ve had a pretty good first week in January, certainly an interesting one, setting the year off on a steady foot. Here’s what I mean:

Reading: I’m still trying to plow through the slush pile of unfinished books leftover from 2016, but I did crack open David McCullough’s 1776, which has been on my radar for a long, long time now. This means that, so far, the books I’ve started for 2017 have been nonfiction books, which I think is pretty sweet. I always feel I should read more nonfiction. Due to all the work stuff, I haven’t gotten as much reading in as I’d like, but I’m definitely getting in some.

Writing: So, I’m sure if you’ve been keeping up, you’ve heard me talk about the 100 Rejections a Year goal, and, let me tell you, if things keep up the way they have been, I’ll be pulling in 365 rejections this year. That’s right. As of yesterday, the eighth day of the year, I had already received eight rejections. That’s the equivalent of a rejection a day. In a way, it’s kind of impressive. A very big part of me really hopes the trend doesn’t keep up, but, if it did, I couldn’t even be mad because that’s just too incredible to be depressing.

On the upside of this, I may have received eight rejections, but I did get one acceptance in the meantime, and that little blip of a story can be found here on Fifty Word Stories. It was also chosen for their Story of the Week, which means it’s eligible to win Story of the Month, which would get me a little prize. So yay there!

I’ve been effectively starting and outlining a new story every week, but with my current time restrictions, I haven’t had much chance to finish anything, especially since I’m pouring most of what I have into getting Fearless finally finished. But I realized last night that what needs to happen is that I need to at least finish one story per week. I’ll have 365 stories started at the end of the year, and one story a week means at least 52 of them finished. Well, 51, because I thought of this last night and, though I tried, I didn’t have the brain capacity to get the story I set out to finish completed. It will be done by the end of this week, though, that I can promise.

So writing’s been going well, even if a little frustrating because I want more time to do it. And we’ve all heard that story before…

I’ve also updated the Submissions page for World Unknown Review Volume IV. Submissions are officially open for the 2017 edition, though, of course, we’ve got quite some time before the October 31st deadline. I’m also slowly updating the body of work presented in my Books and Short Stories page to include all the places you can find my short work, as well as the books published through Amazon.

‘Rithmatic: I want to start really focusing on cosplay for this year and making plans for C2E2. I’m trying to start small by finding a good pair of vegan-friendly work gloves for my character, but my searches so far have been futile. I might have to get a little more creative and spend a bit more time on it. Maybe this week I should just focus on the peasant top I’ll need, because that’ll likely be much easier.

The boyfriend and I have been talking about getting gym memberships, especially since we can’t really hike in the bitter Chicago winters. We could, but we’re not crazy. I’m trying to limit my caloric intake a little, too, because I’m back to the weight I was before I lost all the weight two years ago, and so I definitely need to rein all that stuff back in.

I made tofu wontons, both friend and in soup, for the first time the other day, and let me tell you, they were amazing. I think I have a new favorite staple.

And I think that’s about it. It’s been a solid, busy, interesting week so far; it’s hard to believe it’s only been one week. It feels like so much has happened, but, hey, if 2017 wants to take it’s time a little bit, I’m fine with that.

How about you? How was your first week of the year?


  1. Hi! Is there somewhere I can find out more about Worlds Unknown Review? I read the submissions page but I’m still not sure what you’re looking for. Is it any genre, any format, you just pick the ones you like?

    • Hey, Amanda! Thanks for your interest in the Review! If it seems a little ambiguous, that’s totally intentional. WUR isn’t so much about genre or format as it is just really damn good stories. Any genre, any length, as long as they’re good, which, of course, is a bit subjective because it’s what I think is good as the editor. But I really do strive to have a solid variety. I want it to be the kind of anthology where anyone could find a story they love, whether they dig romance or science fiction or horror or abstract literary ramblings. Half the time, I don’t even know what I want until I see it in my inbox. So if you’re considering sending something, please do! I love to be surprised, but more conventional pieces have a home here, too. Come one, come all sort of thing.

      Hope that helps!

  2. I had a decent first week, making some good progress but not finishing a whole lot. I’m hoping this week will be even better. I think I’ve got a good for me schedule figured out to be able to fit everything in. We’ll see how that goes, though.

    Good luck with getting all your stories finished. I need to fit in some revising time on the novella I finished at the end of December(which I’d hoped to submit last year but obviously wasn’t finished in time).

    • Yeah, the first week is always a little bit of testing the waters to see how things work. I’ve already done a little bit of adjusting myself, with a healthy dose of needing to just go with with the flow.

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