For those who’ve been waiting, looking and anticipating: It’s finally here! You can head on over to magcloud.com where you can pick up the latest issue of Splickety Prime.
As you know, my first short story comes out next week! As you can imagine, I’m beyond excited! This is my first big step to being a writer. Since fifth grade I’ve had that dream, and now I’m beginning to walk in it. I know that landing a short story in a magazine with 600 active subscribers is a far cry from the New York Times best seller list, but it’s the furthest I’ve ever been. And to me, it’s the end of a diving board, and I’m just learning how to swim.
Something I’m not very good at is giving myself a deadline. If I have a timetable setup, I’ll get the job done. I can get pretty clutch when the minutes are ticking down. But left to myself, it doesn’t always work out. I’ve heard a speaker say he began to schedule time in his calendar to go to Starbucks, or lock himself in a room to make time to write. I’m working on giving myself hard deadlines to finish projects and get some rough drafts written. One such project was a 24-hour writing contest I entered.
If you take a step back and look at entertainment, its pretty obvious that people crave a good story. Sometimes, we even crave a bad story. I for one love anything that can keep my focus. But why? What is it about leaving our reality and taking a snippet from someone else’s that will cause us to stay up late to read one more chapter, watch one more episode and obsess about movie trailers?
A term that I’ve learned of recently sums up all the things that I like to write: Speculative Fiction. Google tells me that Speculative Fiction is a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements. Over the past few months I’ve submitted some of my short stories to a couple different magazines. One of those magazines is called Splickety.
Life is here. It happens everyday. Some nights I go to bed early, I mean before 10:00 early. Some nights I’m up past midnight. Some days I work, some days I play. Most days I should be working on my school work. But every day, through all of those events, life happens.
I’ve started and stopped this blog more times than I can remember, but in this stage of life, I need to write.
So if you’re with me, or just along for the ride, be ready! Life is here!