Despite self-publishing a collection of 50 flash fiction stories a few months ago (A Man of Few Words), I’m already working on my next collection of stories, All You Can Read Buffet. My original plan was for 100 stories, 60 revised, previously published stories and 40 completely new. But now, I’m thinking it might be closer to 50-50. Now, most of the completely new stories are ones I’ve started, but never finished. And some are ones I never even started. So I have a bunch of stories I need to write. That’s not that unusual, but I would like to have the rough draft of Buffet done by the end of the year. Why? Um, it’s a nice sounding deadline? So I’m trying to write all these stories which means I shouldn’t have time for other projects. Right?
For years I’ve had the dream of starting my own paying, print scifi magazine. For the reading staff I would just gather a group of friends who, hopefully, would work cheap. I don’t have the money to do that, so that dream is years away. But last week I was working on an issue with the blog of a writing group I’m part of, and I realized I could start a scifi blog for free. So I set up Enjoying Scifi. Contributors, if they want, can post their stories, but to broaden the appeal it will be open to anything scifi. So I’m writing stories and trying to find contributors and get this blog off the ground.
Last year, I bought The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier. I started reading it, but then it was set aside while I read other books. Since then I’d pick it up and read a chapter or two, but then it would be set aside again. But in the past few weeks I’ve focused on it and should finish it in a few days. Now, I bought mainly to have it. I didn’t have a screenplay in mind to write, but I thought it would be good to have a book that gives the basics. Anyway, some years ago I came up with an idea for a (prose) story. Basically all I had was the opening, which oddly enough, I saw in my mind as the opening of a movie. So, after submersing myself in screenwriting basics, I had the feeling I should actually write my own. And what better way to start than with a story I already saw as a movie. As I said, I just had the opening, so now I’m finishing stories for my next book, trying to get a blog off the ground, and trying to write my first screenplay.
I admit that having these projects are ways for me to have an excuse ready in case I fall behind with my next book. But at the same time, I couldn’t sleep one night and just said, “Screw it,” and I got up and started writing a screenplay to try to quiet the part of my mind nagging me to start one. I have so many projects that I feel I need to do, but I don’t have the time. Which sucks. Of course, spending a couple hours playing computer games doesn’t help, but one needs to relax somehow. 😀