It’s that time. You know, the time to take inventory of all I did or didn’t do in the last year. I break stuff down by categories and in the writing category; I have a meager show of progress and success.
The main thing I want to do here is stop and thank each and every one of you who bothers to drop by and read my drivel.
· I had several short stories appear in Unquiet Earth, Road Trip and Potluck, by Static Movement press. I had submitted the year prior, but it’s cool to know they made print this year.
· A short story, Worth Writing About, appeared in Outburst Magazine in January.
· I went to the Dallas/Fort Worth Writer’s Conference in February and met a lot of great folks and enjoyed the conference. My agent deal didn’t really pan out, but it was a good learning experience.
· We finished The Infection Anthology this year! No one was more relieved than I when it hit Amazon and Barnes and Noble and I could say with certainty we were done working on it. Sadly, it was quickly lost in the flotsam of the myriad other books in the zombie-horror genre and it never had a lot of success. Still, it was a collaborative effort of seven writers, an artist and one very overworked editor. It was a cool gig to be a part of and who knows? Maybe it will get a good review somewhere and take off.
· In June, 2011, Pantoum Press published my anthology, Death Zone and Other Stories in print and e-book format. More than that, it has done remarkably well considering how little it was promoted. Last time I looked, about 1600 copies had sold.
· We did the Grate Righter, Bad Speler contest on Life64 in June, and I was overwhelmed with the number of entrants. Brendan Cooper won first place and it was a lot of fun.
· I maintained a decent presence on some Writing sites I stick with and I tried not to be the problem guy. I think I pulled that off, most of the time.
· I managed to update my blog, Life in Sixty-Four Square Feet pretty often. I’m still really sporadic about it, but I manage to get new content up and hopefully it will be something someone wants to read.
· I skipped Nanowrimo this year. I just couldn’t put my family through that again, two years in a row.
· I entered, completed and submitted Find My Baby in three days for the 3-Day Novel Contest.
So what’s shaking in 2012? Well, I have a new novel in development. Undertaking Hartford promises to be a darkly humorous, intimate story, told from the perspective of the undertaker in a post-pandemic world. In my head, it’s marvelous. We’ll just have to see what it looks like when I get it all down to writ.
I also want to redraft Find My Baby, which needs a lot of work as all first drafts do. I’ve refocused my targets for the diminishing and highly competitive publications that have broader distribution, so I won’t be in too many e-magazines and such unless I just see one that strikes my fancy. And I’ll also keep writing short stories and blogging and doing the thing I do because for me, writing is like farting. If I don’t do it, I will eventually explode.
© 2011, Mitch Lavender