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…