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I’ve been struggling a lot with how to balance my fiction goals with school and teaching.
As far as school I’m really concerned about finishing my proposal on my new schedule and being ready for my exams this spring, but I also have some big goals for short fiction this year. I’ve been really stuck with my proposal and feel like I’ve just been grinding my wheels and avoiding it for awhile now.
I’d like to rekindle the joy I had for grad school and research when I first started my grad program. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to fan the flames of passion around this project and in truth, my goal at this point is to just get it done by any means necessary.
As far as fiction goes, I’m still super stoked about it and am excited to start building my list and my body of work.
I mentioned on Monday that I’d like to write & sub 20 short stories this year. I’m kind of tweaking the idea of the Bradbury Challenge because I need to balance school and writing and teaching. This is a bit less than a story every two weeks, which means in the summer or when I’m not teaching I can spend more time on writing, and when I’m studying for exams & prepping for that I can write less fiction or not at all if school workload calls for it.
I think another reason that I hit the wall or burnout or whatever you want to call it with school last year was that I didn’t take time to unplug, so I’m trying to unplug every night by 7pm and take time to draw, paint, play games with my husband, or pet my fur babies.
3 drawings in the last 3 days! we’ll see how long this lasts.
I hope routine, structure, and forward movement help with the feelings of being stuck and wanting to throw in the towel.
Calling All Authors-Open Invitation Jan 2016
Participation in Story Time Blog Hop
1st Story Time Blog Hop founded by students of Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways: Career Survival School class in 2015. The first blog hop of 2016 is scheduled for January 27th, the 4th Wednesday of the month. Future Blog Hops will be scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of the month every three months.
Our host this month has extended an open invitation to authors outside the Holly Lisle forums to participate. The Guidelines for participation are below. If you have any questions you can contact me at Contact Me in top menu.
Short story/flash fiction up 1000 words
(PG rated–no violence, erotica or foul language)
Genre: General Speculative Fiction
All story LINKS DUE January 20th. SEND STORY LINK TO KLynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell KLynn you are responding to the open invitation from my website MelCorbett.com . Your link MUST be received by January 20th to participate. Stop by and visit/comment with other participating authors on Jan 27th, when the blog hop goes live.
Interested, but not so sure about writing flash fiction? Check out Holly Lisle’s Free Flash Fiction that Doesn’t Suck course!