2014: The Year of Getting Serious Again

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First, to Everyone who reads this, Happy Holidays! I wish that all of your wishes come true during the next year and that you live life to its maximum capacity. Always.

This past year has been rewarding and challenging. I graduated with my associates degree, lost one job and got another with the same employer (lost student assistant job at St. Petersburg College when I graduated and got hired back on a few months later as an OPS writing tutor), started new university to go for the bachelors degree, moved into a new apartment  in the downtown area, and gave up my car (it was a piece of shit anyway) for the benefit of walking for exercise.

I was busy writing many essays for my junior year at the University of South Florida, so my creative writing efforts suffered a little. But those essays helped me improve my writing, and I hope all future academic witting will do the same.

For my resolutions in 2014, I don’t have many. I’m keeping it simple and doable.

  1. Continue to improve my health by walking. School and grocery is within walking distance from me now, as well as many other activities and entertainments that the downtown St. Pete area has to offer.
  2. Write new stories. Turn on my creative juices and get them flowing whenever possible. Write for fun, but also write for publications. Poems, too. I want to write some more poetry in 2014.
  3. Submit stories and poetry to major publications and journals. I’ve already started on this one. I’ve submitted my previously unpublished award-winning short story Parker’s Pygmalion to Glimmer Train literary magazine and three unpublished poems to Northwestern U’s Tri-Quarterly journal. I’ve started some fantasy and sci-fi stories that are pretty good so far, I just need to finish them and get them out into some slush piles. I will also continue to try and get some previously published stories reprinted.
  4. Keep my magazine going. My side-project as publisher and editor of the spec-fic ezine The Were-Traveler has taken a toll on my sanity this year. Finding time to read and respond to stories while reading 2-3 books a week for lit classes has been very challenging, but I have no desire to stop doing it now. In fact, I’m even more determined to make it work. I may ask for help along the way, but I’m definitely keeping it going. I nominated 3 stories to Critter’s P&E Readers Poll and wish I could have showered other writers with that kind of love and recognition. I’m still trying to find all those yearly award venues out there, where I can give my authors the cred they deserve. If any of my readers have recommendations, please let me know.
  5. Keep my sanity at school, work, writing, editing, publishing. This is a given. I must maintain a sensible balance to this crazy happening that is my life. Need to breathe a little in between and enjoy other things, too. Relax, take deep breaths, meditate.

That’s it. I’ll probably add goals as I go along through the first part of the year, but this is enough to start with.

I hope all of your goals for the coming year lead to success and happiness.

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Writing Prompt #56: On the Rooftop

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Image by © Aaron Kohr – Fotolia.com

Author confession time.

I’m not crazy about heights. This sort of view would  freak me the hell out. Just looking at this image makes me uncomfortable.

This week I’m offering up my acrophobia for your writing pleasure.

Come up with a tale or poem about this view…what is going on here? A jumper? Lovers enjoying a balcony scene a la Romeo and Juliet? It’s up to you.

Happy writing!

Writing Prompt #55: What Are You Lookin’ At?

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© Benji87 – Fotolia.com

“Yeah, you just aim them peepers somewhere’s else, bub. That’s it, keep walkin.’ Nuttin’ to see here. Oh hey, you gots food? Hey, come back here, I’m talkin’ to ya’s!”

Your job this week is to write a story, poem, whatever you like about this inquisitive-looking seagull.

As always, if you do come up with something inspired by this prompt (and I hope you do) and you post it on your blog, please come back and let me know. I’d love to read it!

Happy writing!

Writing Prompt #54: Gnarly Old Tree

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© Claire Glazebrook – Fotolia.com

Here’s a pic of a tree with gnarly, twisted roots. I love old trees like this. They make me think that colonies of wood elves or fairies could be living hidden within the tangled roots or under the tree, just beneath the surface.

What images does it conjure for you?

Write a story or poem about this gnarly old tree. If you post it on your website, please come back and let me know…I’d love to read what you come up with.

Happy writing!

Writing Prompt #53: The Vulture

Here’s a new writing prompt (’bout damn time, I know). It’s a creepy photo of a vulture. Aw, isn’t the carrion eater so cute? Your job is to write his poem/story. Be sure and let me know if you come up with something. I’d love to read it. 🙂

Happy writing!

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© Pali A – Fotolia.com

Oh, and a couple years ago I wrote a micro-fiction story about vultures. You can read it here: Slim Pickings.

Writing Prompt #52: Mime, with Knife

Mimes.

What the hell is the point of them, anyway?

Maybe it’s murder.

Here’s a pic of a psychotic-looking, punk-style mime holding a butcher knife. I think that is one mime show I’d want to miss.

If you write a super scary Halloween story featuring this knife-wielding mime, be sure to come back here and leave me a link. I’d love to read what you come up with.

Happy writing!

Image courtesy of Dreamstime.

Writing Prompt #51: I Want My Mummy!

It’s almost time for Halloween.

So my next couple of writing prompts will be horror themed.

Here’s a mummy that looks like it’s screaming.

Write the story.

If you post a story based on this image to your website, please come back and leave me a link in the comments section. I’d love to read what you come up with.

Image courtesy of Neil Lockhart.