Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy new year to all!
I meant to do a quick post at year’s end, but here I am, two days late.  Ah, well, better late than never. 
Looking back, 2011 was a great year on the writing front for me.  Final totals were 416,976 words written, which comprised 1,367 pages--by far the best I have ever done.  I also met my goal of submitting 100 stories by year’s end, an accomplishment of which I’m quite proud.  Of these 100, thirteen were published, sixty-seven were rejected, and twenty were still out there as of the end of the year.  The new year has so far brought two more rejections, and, huzzah!, another acceptance. 
This acceptance was for my story entitled “The Ale Wife,” to Mirror Dance Magazine.  This is a humorous little tale of false assumptions and misconceptions that I am happy has found a home, and I’m glad to place something at Mirror Dance, which I enjoy reading.  It is edited by the brilliant Megan Arkenberg, who has placed a great deal of finely-crafted stories in many well-respected venues.  When I see her name on a piece, I always know I’ve an intriguing, well-told tale in store for me.   
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m now hard at work finishing an old novel from the 80s as a little inspirational and educational side project to help ramp me up to working on the SF novel that will be my main focus in the first part of 2012.  I was averaging about 3,000 words a day on this before the holidays hit and the house filled up with family, but I’d knocked out about 16,000 words on it before that, and I’m now back at it. 
Here’s to a great 2012!


  1. happy new year -- may the coming one be even more successful than the last!

  2. Thanks, Eileen. Here's wishing you a great year as well!