Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Cutting it Close

I made it. It was a bit too close, but I did it.

I just finished up a tiny little story titled A TRIP TO THE BLUE HOLE. I received an invitation several months back to submit a story to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND and the deadline was today.

Those of you that actually read the tripe I shovel on this blog know that life has been kicking my butt of late and my writing has suffered. I really thought I was going to blow this one, but I hunkered down and forced that story out of my brain. And I still have about twenty minutes to spare.

Now, whether it gets accepted remains to be seen. That is always the hope. But the mission here was keeping the deadline. I know that I'll never be a professional writer unless I start acting like one and real writers have deadlines.

I had a lot of trouble with this story. I'm not sure if it was the length (it weighed in at just under 1,400 words . . . I'm terrible at shorts) or if it's just the work stress, but I'm so glad to have this one out and gone.

And now on to my next adventure.


Jamie Eyberg said...

Good luck. Hope life starts treating you a little nicer as well.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on hitting your deadline, especially under duress. That says a lot of wonderful things about your character. :)


Lildonbro said...

Good luck! Hope it is accepted!

Gabe said...

Thanks y'all. I appreciate the encouragement.