Left the Nest

I just sent “Treacherous Nature” to the very nice people who have offered to beta read it.  It was ready to go last night, but my internet went out.   I am a little nervous that other people are about to read my work but not nearly as excited as I thought I would be.  I think a little self doubt is trying to sneak in.

Today I start finding markets to send new stories to.  My plan is I will write and self publish one thing,  then I will spend a month or so sending out new stuff to other markets, then I will self publish again.  This way I am both getting my stuff out there to read and trying to get recognized the traditional way.  I hope this helps keep the rejections from getting me down too.

As long as the beta readers don’t hate anything too much this should be for sell soon.  I will post the detail when that happens.

Edit Time

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Five stories are written.   All have been read and edited on the computer several times, but now is time for the big edit.   I print it out and focus on it completely.  This stack of paper is so intimidating right now.  I have 16,472 words to read.  Each word to be judged and questioned.   I hope that I still like all these stories tomorrow.   I hope I like me tomorrow, too.  I have never had so much of my own work to read at one time; this could be very uplifting or completely soul crushing.

You know the old saying “Hell is an eternity spend with your friends”?  I think the printed out, big edit is sort of like this.  I am about to spend several hours with myself from the recent past.  I hope she is intriguing.