Daily Thoughts 146: First Lines, Stories, and the Future

Author's selfieTomorrow I’m posting Quantum Uncertainty, a story I wrote a couple years ago. It’s a near-future science fiction detective story. I’m posting the first line for today’s post. Check back tomorrow for the story. I plan to have it up in the morning, assuming I don’t run out of time.

Free Stories

For the last couple years, I’ve posted stories for free on the website each week. I plan to continue that (hopefully with more consistency). I am, however, running out of stories to post. While I’ve been going to school full time and working full time, I haven’t written as many stories. I do plan to change that, restart my writing challenge, and get more stories written. I’d like to have a new story written each week.

After I write the story I’ll figure out what I want to do with it. Do I want to submit it to a magazine market like Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine? Or Analog? Do I just plan to put it on the website? I’ll take each story as it comes, but I’d like to keep sharing at least one story each week.

I also want to develop and build Drive-By Stories.

Aside from writing and sharing more stories, I also plan to read more stories. I want to learn and study, do some deliberate practice.

It isn’t 30 stories in 30 days, but a story each week is a good, obtainable goal. It’ll still mean at least 52 stories a year from now. Along with my drawing challenge, massive reboot, and various other projects, I think writing awesome stories is a good way to get back in the habit. I plan to have fun!

Future?

The basic concept right now is to use CC licenses for fiction released online, while also making books. Stories, for instance, I’ll collect into various collections and publish as books with some additional content. I’m not planning to do individual stories through retail channels. I’m willing to reconsider that if there’s interest. Mostly, I’ll be adding e-book formats to my shared stories as I update them with CC licenses and cover art. My goal is to make it easy for readers to find and read my work, and to support my work if they want.