Mid-Year Update

Hi Everyone,

I realized I haven’t posted anything besides a story or book recommendation in three or four months. Well, I thought I’d give everyone an update about what’s been going on with me and a little behind-the-scenes on my writing progress.

First, and I think I may have mentioned this last time, is that I am getting married this year. I got engaged in February and will be getting married in September, so wedding planning has been keeping me busy. I also went on a vacation in May where me, my fiancee, my sister and brother-in-law all went to London then traveled around Ireland. It was a great time and can’t wait to do a bit more traveling, but I will be a married man next time I leave the country.

Life has been good. I still work full-time and stress too much about little things like money, and not getting any writing done (specifically for my book), which leads me to my writing. I first posted my aspirations regarding writing for this year. I am happy to say that I have kept up my weekly flash stories and weekly book recommendations, but I have only written and submitted a few flash stories for publication (none of which were picked-up). I do need to make more effort here, but I’ve been thinking of writing more short stories instead of flash stories for these submissions. I have increased my network of potential readers and still have regular readers, like you (thank you), who read my work. My book has gone neglected for most of the first half of this year. I had a few good writing sessions working on it after I got back from vacation, but hit another wall which I think I’ll be able to bust through fairly easily after I do some outlining.

With that, I’ve been keeping up with roughly 50% of my goals for this year. I still hope to finish the first draft of my book by the end of the year. I’m not sure if I’ll get many more stories submitted for publication, but we will see. I’ve already decided that I will be switching some things up for this blog next year. I’ll detail those changes at a later time when I know for sure what I’ll want to do.

Since I have been keeping up on my weekly flash stories, that means I’ve written 26 stories so far this year (not bad I’d say). With the other random micro-fiction stories, there are well over 50 stories in the Table of Contents for this blog. Here are a few of my personal favorites that I’ve written since I started:

Children of Changyang Mountain

Death of an Immortal

Elemental Cocktails

Mechanic

Nothing Lasts Forever

Phantom Queen

Prime Cognition

The Warmth of Snow

Variable Stars

Voyage Beyond Chains

And obviously my published story This is Your Life

 

I may expand upon a few of these and write full short stories or even novelettes or books based on the premises.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by and reading my work. I welcome all feedback and encourage any discussions had about the stories. You can comment on any of them. You can also contact me directly here if you wish to do so. I’ll respond as quickly as I can. Feel free to share my work with your friends. Any and all are welcome here.

I’m just writing for fun, and I hope you enjoy what I write. I appreciate your support and encourage you to pursue your dreams whatever they are.

Happy Reading,

Ryan

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