Nayad Monroe (nayad) wrote,
Nayad Monroe

Things I'm doing, things I'm not doing

Hey there! How are ya?

I've been mostly writing lately, working on a story that is due at the end of this month. I wanted to turn it in earlier, but I needed to work through a couple of versions of my idea for it before I found one that pleased me. I experienced some mild panic over the way the other ideas weren't working, but now I'm in the editing stages of the correct idea, so that's all right. The difficulties taught me that yes, it is good to persist when writing a story, and to strive toward completing what I start, but also yes, it is good to recognize when a story isn't working, and be willing to try something different. Persistence and flexibility. Learning to recognize flaws earlier in the process would be fantastic, and I like to think that will happen more readily with more writing practice.

Other than that, I think it's safe to say that in the last year I've read more short stories than I read in all of the previous years of my life combined. Between the slush, the anthologies, the collections, and the magazines, it's been a lot. I used to read novels almost exclusively, and now I almost always read stories. It's weird for me. As it is now, if a story continues beyond the 4,000-word limit that I can now sense intuitively as a result of my Clarkesworld reading, I'm surprised. Balance will come someday, I hope.

I'm also looking forward to three conventions: Context, in Columbus, Ohio (end of this month); SteamCon, in Seattle, WA (late October); and World Fantasy, in San Jose, CA (even later October).

Oh, and there's the parenting of three spirited boys; I'm doing a lot of that.

Things I'm not doing? Pretty much everything else.

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