Falling Up The Stairs

It’s kind of strange how things come together sometimes; how we stumble into situations rather than striding boldly forward to our destiny. I’ve written fiction since I was a kid but in the past few years I’ve finally begun to take it seriously. However, progress has been slow. There was always something else to do other than write or edit or promote my work. There would always be time tomorrow.

But then, during this year’s NaNoWriMo, I stumbled across news of Lulu.com’s 2011 Short Story Contest. Intrigued, I thought I’d give it a shot. With a word count limit of 600 words it would be a fun challenge and quick enough that it wouldn’t slow down my “real” work on my NaNo novel.

Ah, but one of the entry requirements was that you had to make the story available for purchase through Lulu, even if you set the price as free.

OK, sure, why not?

Heck, while I’m at it, why not just polish up this other story and put it up there too?

Now, a few weeks later, I find myself posting on my new blog, which I’ve tied to my new Facebook page and new Twitter account. I spent last night working on yet another story (before setting up my WordPress account) and I’ve just been notified minutes ago that the Kindle edition of Out After Dark is live.

In short, I’ve gone from “maybe someday” to “now is the time” and all rather by accident. Funny how that happens…


6 responses to “Falling Up The Stairs

    • It IS exciting, isn’t it? Every day along this road has been interesting in some way. Meeting other writers, finding someone who enjoyed your work, learning new ways to make your work better. Always something new.

      Also, this has been a big motivation for me to write more. I’ve always been short on motivation and really bad to procrastinate. But, knowing that I have people out there waiting to read more from me makes it a lot easier to sit down and write rather than put it off for another day.

      • I love that every day is different. I never know who I’m going to meet or what I’m going to learn. It’s been such an adventure so far!

        And it’s also been motivating for me. I announced upcoming releases on my website and that’s been keeping me working pretty steadily all on its own! I have people emailing me about projects I’ve only even hinted at, too, which is super exciting. I love, love, love this career. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

        PS: More “Out After Dark” stories, please! 😀

      • LOL! Well, the long version of Out After Dark is still simmering on a back burner right now, but with the response the short version has gotten, I think I’ll HAVE to do something with it eventually. If only to hold off the mob with torches and pitchforks!

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