It seems I'm still pretty terrible at providing normal updates. Ah well.
My non-fiction writing has been going well. I've been pretty knee-deep in Star Wars: The Old Republic and writing about it, which may explain part of my disappearance from the whole blogging thing. It's actually an interesting turn for me as far as gaming goes, because instead of focusing on just the game and one particular character, I have been spending the majority of my time researching various classes and aspects of the game in order to write from different angles. It's a much more casual style of gameplay, but at the same time, still rewarding. Fairly win-win.
Eventually, I'll update the sidebar with my latest articles, but there has been quite a lot of them. I've been trying my hand at writing class guides and other guide-type articles, as well. I don't think they're my forte, but it's been fun trying new things. I'm still experimenting with the style of my column. Some days I go for a more casual, humorous angle, other days I'm more serious. I like to think they both fit, but one day I'd like to settle on one.
Fiction! I hit a bit of a stumbling block when it came to September's WotF's entry, which also explains my disappearance. It came back as a form rejection, which I should have expected, but I was admittedly pretty stupid about my expectations. I ended up feeling the good ol' 'first rejection blues' from it, even though I had my first real rejection years and years ago. After spending years away from fiction writing, however, it was kind of like being a rejection virgin again.
Was sort of an eye-opener for me. I spent a month or so determined to try and figure out what I did wrong with the story. Threw it out at critique sites. I learned some things from the critiques, but I think the piece needs more work than I really wanted to put into it at the time, so that led to more disappointment.
I'm glad to say I'm over it now. I ended up shelving the piece for now, until I can look at it again without getting all annoyed. I think the truth of the matter is that I have farther to go in order to become published than I originally thought. I'm okay with that truth, though. It just means I need to work harder at this.
I finished a fun little short story for WotF's last quarter at the end of December. I'm more realistic with its expectations this time, thankfully, but I'm happy with the piece. It was a bit of an experiment. The few people who have read it so far have enjoyed it. If anyone reading this is interested in becoming a beta reader for it, or any of my fiction in general, please drop me a line. I could use more beta readers.
Currently, I'm working on a new short story that's based on a bit of science and a bit of mysticism. It's one of those that I really have no idea how it'll end-- so it'll be interesting to see how it does end. It's funny how little control a writer has over a story's ending sometimes. Stories often kinda scream out their own ending.
I also spent November and December doing some fine edits and working on the last few chapters of my current novel. I've yet to go back to it and finish it up, but I'm kind of waiting until I'm in the novel mode again. For the moment, I'm in more of a short story mode, which is fine by me. Within the last few days, I've had a few other random ideas for short stories. I jotted them down, and will come back to them later. Ideas are always good.
I also took some time to attempt a short list of writing goals for the year. I'm not much for new year's resolutions, nor goals really, but I thought I should at least try. Here they are:
-Submit to each quarter of WotF
-Finish my WIP novel
-Find a good beta reader or two
-Send out a few submissions, whether they be non WotF stories, rejected WotF stories, or the novel above
-Continue my non-fiction projects
-Never go weeks without writing fiction again
Fairly simple. I hope I can stick with them. So far, so good.