I’m struggling this week. We’re four weeks into the semester, which means I’m grading papers, which I loathe. I want to just assume that my lectures are so brilliantly inspiring that all my students will breeze through all the assignments, armed with the skills I imparted to them through my delightful lectures and carefully chosen homework.
Alas, tis not so. Every year, my students find new mistakes I never knew were possible. Fortunately, this semester I have a pretty good group of freshmen. (I teach spreadsheets and databases, AKA Excel and Access to college freshmen every spring, and I have done so for many years.)
The exciting bit this week is Friday’s release of The Garden of Eden anthology from Garden Gnome Publications. I was excited about this antho the first time I heard the editor, Allen Taylor, suggest it. There will be a series of anthologies, each with a different theme. They are all Speculative Fiction, not Inspirational Fiction, and they’re classified as “weird fic” which is right up my alley!
I was inspired by watching Ancient Aliens (my guilty pleasure) as well as by people’s propensity to say “I can’t explain it…it must be a ghost!” …or aliens, or something paranormal.
All totally possible in my view.
Just not very likely.
So I made up something else to blame it on: incorporeal time travelling creatures that are not aliens…they are of earth, but since they’re incorporeal, humans do not know they exist. And they can be blamed for OH so many things…
So that’s on my mind, as well as the fact that the deadline for the next antho is coming up and I really want to be in it again with another story about the incorporeum. Then there’s the WIP, a novel I took off the shelf and split into five separate novels…
I’m slogging through the WIP at the moment, which is dangerous because, if I’m slogging through writing it, the reader will slog through reading it, and might stick it on their DNF (Did Not Finish) shelf. My main problem is that I had a day or two of business that kept me away from writing, right after I’d been on fire and cranked out a lot of words in several days. When I went back to it, I wasn’t on fire anymore. I’m at that stage in the book where a few specific events will happen, and then it will be over. I know I don’t want it to be over…I don’t want to put it down. But I do want to finish.
The ROW80 Goals for the week:
- Do something writing-related every day: Yes, but not nearly as much as previous weeks.
- Do some actual writing every week: Definitely. The WIP is slow, but still growing, and I did some flash. I’m even a finalist on Five Minute Fiction Again. (Whee! Vote for me! Just click the link and click my name on the poll. No registration or any funky stuff like that.)
- Engage with other writers every week: I’ve been getting to know my antho-mates a little. I’ve been in several other anthos, and it surprises me that writers don’t get more involved with each other when they’re published together. Some writers seem to just be sitting back, barely acknowledging the antho exists at all.
- Stay away from the NaNo story for at least a month: OK, I’m doing pretty good about this, but then yesterday I started thinking about one of the books that comes between the NaNo story and my WIP, and I started making notes for it.
- Get sleep: No great, but not too shabby. Although hubby and I have planned our lives so that I can stay up late to write (it’s 2AM now) and sleep in the mornings, the rest of the world doesn’t always agree with this schedule. I hate explaining or defending myself.
Have you ever had a story published in an anthology? Did all the writers get involved, not just with the promotion, but in getting to know each other at least beyond a name and a headshot? I’m curious. I’ve seen friends tweet about how great their antho mates are, and I’ve seen others act like complete strangers.