My short story from 2011, "This Life," (originally published on Daily Science Fiction) was aired on WRFR radio station in Maine and then archived as a podcast on Beam Me Up.
What a thrill! It starts around 43 minutes in. Subway sound effects and all! I was enchanted to hear my words read by someone else. A little taste of what it must be like to see one's work filmed, or on stage. Or read by multiple folks.
The reader was Paul Cole, the host of Beam Me Up. It's been podcasted since 2006 – he archives his weekly radio hour on the website. His show includes commentary on science news, science fiction reviews and opinions, and stories every week.
Thanks, Paul! Loved your rendition of my story.
I read an advance copy of Michael Haynes' "Write Every Day: Hints and Tips Toward a Writing Routine" and found it caught my interest. I'm SO not a routine person. But I'm definitely a "bad-habit" person and I think I've gotten into some bad habits around my writing. Reading, socializing, and tweaking finished stories are not getting me to my ultimate goals.
One of Michael's suggestions is to create a visual marker, a big X on a blank calendar, for every successful writing day - then to tell yourself not to break the chain of x's. I have been writing a flash story at Liberty Hall every weekend since August of 2010, and it is amazing how motivating the idea of not breaking my chain of stories has been - without even using the term chain, I've been using the idea.
So, today, July 1 I took out a blank calendar sheet and marked a BIG X for my great day - I wrote another flash story today.
Michael's other big suggestion is to define a successful writing day in a way that makes it more likely you'll succeed. He suggests choices. So my five choices that I will consider equal a successful writing day are
So I've got my first X for my new chain. I'm also participating in W1S1 (Write 1, Sub 1 as Ray Bradbury once advised) still, and have not broken that chain since I started - it has significantly helped my submission rates, although not acceptance rates yet, lol.
Crossposted from Lee Hallison
My flash story, “Taking Care of Ma,” comes out to email subscribers on Monday, June 25. This is the third story of mine they’ve published. Yay!
If you want to subscribe, go here.
Otherwise, the story will be on the website a week after email subscribers see it. I’ll remind you!