Tuesday, October 23: Semi-productive

Well, the contest on Helium is getting rough. Some guy just appeared out of nowhere to knock me off the top spot on the smaller contest.

Anyway, I am going to win some money, but it ain’t over yet.. I will report on my placement soon.

The new contests are beginning, however, and one of the categories is Creative Writing: Short Stories. Then there are a bunch of story topics. I am going to write as many as I can, but I am going to try to do them in the fantasy and science fiction genres.. “Why?” you may ask…

Because I got word from Writers of the Future about Song of the Wind. It got honorable mention, and that is all. Blech. I will say it now and only once. Damn it. I need to do better. I feel like I can.. but man it is hard to do it. Anyway, I hope to practice at length with this contest that is starting now.

So today I did Helium stuff and did some research.
I also submitted five of the ten articles that I committed to for this week to Associated Content.
I contacted Nancy Wilson, the editor of the UHEA online magazine and sent her links to articles she can use in her mag.

Tomorrow I will rewrite chapter 1 of the user manual for ChartedCourse. Hopefully Blake (CEO and founder) will get back to me with his notes on the web content soon, so that I can square that away fast.

Thursday is Helium contest day. I hope to write at least fives stories that day.

Friday is Mars Betrayal day.

I was a little unmotivated today after I got that response from Writers of the Future. I mean that I think I am a good writer, but am I good enough to have real, solid success? I am not sure. I want to publish my stories more than I want to be a freelance technical writer and journalist, but the latter two seem to have the potential for more reliable income right now. So now I need to simply set up priorities and make time to do my creative writing.

Gonna pray hard tonight and remember to pray over my flocks and fields. In other words, I need to do my best with an eye to God magnifying me.

Long post, but glad it is off my chest.

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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