Planning

So far, my newfound urge to write (brought home from Seattle, where the Writers of the Future workshop caused it) is paying off. It may not be the greatest story I’ve written – actually, it is probably the worst – but my entry for the Halloween contest of my Codex Writers Group is finished and submitted. We’ll see what it does in the contest; it might conceivably be a good story for Andromeda Spaceways.

At least now my desk is cleared for work on three other unfinisheds: Relativity, the second story in the series of silly two-astronauts-in-a-spaceship stories that started with Beans and marbles; my haunted-park story The park, at sunset; and Diamond sharks, the whale tale that got first-drafted at the Writers of the Future workshop.

And when those are finished (and submitted!), it’s finally time to break ground on the novel-length sequel to Conversation with a mechanical horse. Actually, the thought of starting a novel terrifies me. But thankfully, the thought of not starting a novel terrifies me more. And my roommate extraordinaire M.T. Reiten resolved the issue for me of which novel to write first: the one that would bother me the most if it remained unwritten. Thanks, Matt!

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