January 7, 2024 - Anthology is done!


The writing group anthology is done! Sean sent through his final edits for Submersia” and his bio, and Lily sent me the final tweaked cover art, and a short while later I was able to hit the big publish’ button:

Five By Five coverFive By Five cover

I like how it looks :)

I’m also really proud of everyone for coming together with what I think are some really cool stories. All so different, but with the common five elements it makes it really interesting. We are going to do another one this year, this time I think with Lily and Mel also writing something. I can see it becoming a yearly thing that could be quite cool.

I’m slowly setting up a few new year challenges for myself. Big ones are trying to get back into small amounts of daily writing. A short blog post every day. 500 words of fiction every day. At the end of the day my 7 Things journal to just try and remember the vivid things that happened. Already that is looking quite interesting.

I’m also setting up a couple of different Day One journals, including one I’m roughly calling snippets” where (hopefully) I add things I do or see throughout the day and then look back at some point (weekly? monthly?) and do some kind of consolidation. I don’t know how that will play out just yet but I like the idea of it. A sort of gathering basket that I can then try to make some sense of.

Similarly I am putting words on paper for Trash Planet, in a big rough notebook, which I will then look back on and consolidate, hopefully similarly.

I’m trying to stay loose with everything though. As soon as there’s a whiff of a spreadsheet or a chart, something in my brain rebels and decides it doesn’t want to play. It does something similar with tracking exercise, etc. I had a fitbit once, a long time ago, and it was awful. I think for these reasons I will never get a smart watch. I like the idea of metrics (a running wordcount, for example) but too much more than that and everything falls off the rails.

Oh! Nearly forgot! The book link is here if you’d like to take a look. But we’ll be assembling a paperback option soon too, if that’s more your thing.