However it’s not necessarily the kind of progress I need to make. I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I won’t be able to maintain a professional level of writing-time until my youngest is in school full time, which happens this fall. My older daughter will always have special needs, so those demands on my time won’t change.
I’ve been a bit surprised at how opportunity seems to be knocking more frequently lately. In some cases I’m ready and eager for the opportunity, but sometimes the next opportunity comes along and I haven’t finished with the first one yet. I find myself having to make decisions about which to accept and which to pass. When something shiny and new captures my attention, it can be very difficult to concentrate on and finish the old stuff.
Last year, I had two stories published in anthologies. The transition in my mind from aspiring author to published author was profound.
Now, I need to figure out how to proceed from here. There are new mistakes to make. For example, I have a note to myself on my links page mentioning that I might answer a call for submissions from something that looked interesting…and then I forgot to actually add the link. I need to have a place where I can easily list the various opportunities I’m considering. I need to keep track of multiple deadlines, guidelines, and e-mail addresses and websites of the publishers and editors to whom I am submitting. I might make a spreadsheet that I keep in my dropbox, or I might create a private page on this blog. I haven’t decided yet.
This is a change from where I thought I’d be. When I began my writing career I thought I would finish a novel or few, then seek an agent and traditional publishing. However the opportunities I’m answering are for shorter works. For now, that fits my needs better. I can gain name recognition, and I can mature as a writer, improving my skills with practice. I haven’t abandoned the novels, but they are not at the forefront of my mind at the moment. They might not be able to be until this fall.
Was there any change or opportunity you found in your writing career that you decided to just go with?