Obligatory End of Year Blog

December 28, 2018

The biggest question on all bloggers’ minds right now is, Should I do a year-end wrap-up? To be honest, I don’t know if I should or not. I feel like there are so many more cons than pros, and it might end up making me look unprofessional, irresponsible, and maybe even a little bit lazy. I mean, let’s face it, it’s not like I came up with this idea or anything.

But fuck it, let’s go! I figure I can brag about my good stuff, and anything bad can help make me into a better person in the coming year. After all, isn’t that what we do with mistakes? Learn from them?

Geez, one would hope!

Anyway, I present to you, Myke Edwards’ 2018 Year End Extravaganza!

+ I had a story accepted! “Sunday Evening” was graciously accepted back in the spring, and will appear in January’s issue of Broadswords & Blasters. I’ve long been a fan of this publication, and I implore you to check it out. Not just because I’m in it, but because there’s a lot of great writing—and artwork! This is one of those publications that makes me hope for the future of short stories, and small, independent presses.

– I didn’t publish as much as I would have liked. Not that this is necessarily my fault, because I’ve tried. Believe me, I’ve tried harder than you could ever imagine! Submitting stories every week, tirelessly researching publications and reformatting my work to fit their narrow (and let’s be honest, oftentimes ridiculous) style guidelines. But I still did it. I checked out stories on their websites, did my research, and busted ass to get stories in the hands of editors. The ones I actually heard from didn’t seem to have much need for my work, but that won’t stop me from trying. As a wise man once said, I ain’t dead yet!

+ I started my second draft of “The Third Tower”! For those who are just joining us, TTT is my latest novel that I started way back in 2014. Due to life getting in the way, not to mention my unfortunate habit of procrastinating anything good in my life, I worked at it piecemeal until December of last year when I finally finished it. Knowing that it was sitting there, collecting dust and begging me to fix it up, I got to work on July 1st. My main goal was to cut and shorten, but other than that, I wanted to polish it up into the best version of my book that I could.

– Not that much got written. I know, I know, I’m distracting myself with other things like Star Wars Destiny, Warhammer Underworlds, painting my miniatures, going to the gym, and other pesky things like having a full-time job, being a good husband to my wife, and fixing up this DIY disaster zone we call a house. I am working at making a better effort to be a more productive writer, and I feel like 2019 will usher that in. What sucks now is that with the end of the year and the holidays up our collective asses, it’s really difficult to sit down and write as much as I’d like to. Catch as catch can still allows me to write, so hey, I’m in!

+ I finished the edit of TTT! What, you thought I just started it and didn’t get through it? I did have some difficulty in getting all the way through, but I slogged through my mess and got draft number 2 completed, and ready to be in the hands of an editor, beta readers, and hopefully, an agent! Any takers?

– Stories I’d hoped to have edited and redrafted never got finished. Some I worked on, others I put aside in the “maybe later” tray, and some I just never got around to. It’s not like they’re so-called trunk stories, just that I haven’t had as much time to work on them as possible. Seriously, if I didn’t have to work 40 hours a week, I’d be all set. But, you know, bills and all.

+ Ideas! Tons of great ideas have been floating around in my head throughout the entire year, and fortunately, I’ve written them down! I’ll say this now, and hope that 2019 doesn’t kick me in the nuts: they will be written in the new year! Comic books, a new novel, and lots of great short stories are clawing their way out of my brain, and they NEED to be done!

– Blogging. I had hoped, at various points throughout the year, to be able to write a new blog three times a week. In theory, it’s definitely doable. It’s not like I have a requirement of how many words, like some professional bloggers do, but I still couldn’t manage to do it. Even if I wanted to post a quick, “Hey, here’s what I’m doing!” or even just reminding everyone of previously published stuff they can go check out, I don’t do it. There are times I’ll write a blog at work, email it to myself, and completely forget about it until a day or two later. Given the length of time between posts that you can clearly see for yourself, it makes me wonder if keeping a blog is even worth my while. But still, it has helped, and I really don’t want to just ditch it. Hopefully, blogging more will be a bigger part of next year.

Naturally, there are many, many more things going on in my life, writing-wise and not. I could sit for hours and find new pros and cons to write here, but I’m not going to. Instead, I’m off to work on writing, or better my life, or move into the future instead of dwelling on the past. This is a great way to say goodbye to what did and didn’t work, but also a perfect way to look forward to what can, should, and will happen.

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IT’S FREE!!!

January 1, 2017

Back in October, I posted a Halloween story on Smashwords. I thought I could make some money to help me out a little but and charged $.99 for it. That’s less than a dollar!

No one bought it!

So, Happy New Year. I made it free! Go read it and enjoy it. You’ll be glad you did.

It’s the Great Murdering Pumpkin, Charlie Townes

Stay tuned for more great stories from me, including my novel which will be up soon!