Didn’t Hit It, but Still All Right…
My challenge starting in 2022 was to write a short story per day. 365 days.
I knew clear back in November when I finished the 70 Books in my 70th Year and started thinking about this challenge again that I would have trouble with it. And not for most writer’s reasons. I knew I would have trouble keeping track and doing something with all the stories. I thought I had that solved.
I wrote 31 stories in January and a story every day in February and a story per day for the first half of March… Going fine, having no issues other than Kris wanted me to send a bunch of them out to magazines. I have about 25 of the new ones in Smith’s Monthly so far, and I ended up in the first half just under 80 stories. Impossible to keep track of and that problem of just losing track and having so many it seemed stupid to keep writing just stopped me from writing more. Managed three or four stories per month in May and June.
And I tried a bunch of stuff. Nothing clicked.
So in the first six months of this year, I wrote two short novels and about 80 short stories.
So here we are on July 1st, with six months left in the year. RESET TIME!!
I have deadlines for four more short stories this week, then going to switch over and write novels and more short stories.
Goal now is to write ten novels in the last six months of the year. Ideally twelve, but going for ten. I got a number of novel starts in the short story part, again as expected. And Cold Poker Gang has really been eating at me to do a few more novels. Actually started a short story tonight that will be the opening for the new Cold Poker Gang novel.
So the goal by January 1st is 12 novels and 100 short stories in 2022. That would be an okay year. Not what I set out to do, but still pretty good. With all the other stuff I write, still over Pulp Speed of consumable words by a ways.
I also hope to do a few more collections, which will bring my published major books in 2022 to about 7 novels, 12 Smith Monthly Issues, 6 Issues of Pulphouse, five major collections with Kris, and three or four collections, maybe. Plus about 60 of the short stories will be published stand-alone. Somewhere around 35 major books published and 60 or so stand-alone short stories. An okay year.
Fail to success.
And yes, if I can figure out what exactly went wrong this year, I will fire again in 2023 on the short story per day. I think this start was a good practice start. And will be even better if I get the 10 novels done by January 1st.
And yes, I will continue to put Smith’s Monthly issues on Patreon, sometimes solo short stories, and all the novels I write.
So a very interesting start to a very tough and fun challenge. Onward now with an adjustment to the challenge.