Half Way There…
I turned 70 back in the middle of November of 2020 and set up a challenge for myself. Actually a number of challenges. One was to complete a marathon and I did that in late November. I plan on one or two more marathons this coming fall.
But I also sat up a publishing challenge for myself. I wanted to publish 70 major books (not counting individual short stories) with my name on the front cover.
I did an update back in January when I said I was way behind. Well, I am now caught up.
Granted, I only have twenty books published in five months, but as of this moment I have another 15 books done, turned in, and ready for publication on WMG Publishing schedule.
That’s 35 books, half of my challenge, in just five months. In other words, I am caught up and actually ahead. I needed to be at 35 published or turned in by the middle of May, which is six months. I made it in five. Actually a week ahead of five months.
And by my own deadlines, by the middle of May, I will have turned in two more Smith’s Monthly volumes, two more novels, two more collections, and another issue of Pulphouse Magazine. In fact, the novel and one volume of Smith’s Monthly will be turned in by Monday. That’s seven more and I am sure I am forgetting something I want to write or put together or already have.
And over the next month a lot of stuff will be published.
This just makes me happy for a bunch of reasons.
So many writers later in life slow down their writing and publishing. So many like Algis Budrys and Damon Knight, two of my mentors, wrote nothing in their later years, instead spending all their time teaching. I am going to write or edit, and publish over seventy books between the middle of November 2020 and the middle of November 2021.
That means I need to average right about 6 books per month.
And I am teaching to help new writers.
And I am exercising.
So when you think you can’t do something, just read this blog and ask yourself why not?
Think of it this way. If some 70-year-old guy can do it, so can you.
Or maybe half or a quarter of what I am doing. After all, you are younger.