Everyday is Not the Best Day

Sometimes you find yourself unable to really sit down and do anything productive. Yesterday, I managed a good word count for NaNo. An excellent word count, actually. Over 3,000 words in just one day. But that was a Sunday. My first Monday amounts to very many fewer words.

It's not the worst--I'm not that far behind actually. I am, in fact, ahead of where I need to be if I had only made the goal of writing 1667 words per day on November 1st. So there's that. Everyday is not the best day; that's my lesson for today. Sometimes, you just don't make your goal. Don't let that stop you. Forgive yourself and carry on.

Life made up of failures. But there are plenty of successes among those failures. Focus too much on the failures, and you'll be swallowed whole by them. Tomorrow will be a better day. Maybe not the best, but definitely better.

A great thing did happen today. Muzzleland Press wrote a review about Broken Worlds. I think it's fair to say that we didn't get 5-out-of-5 stars, but we did demonstrate that Broken Worlds is a quality piece of fiction from a new editor and a relatively new publisher. Every single time we produce something, we improve our ability to produce that thing. I'm honored by Muzzleland's willingness to review our work, and I expect that the next anthology will be better. Not because Broken Worlds wasn't, but because we should always be striving to improve ourselves.

I hope I'm improving myself until the day I die, both in the way I write and in the way I edit. And in all the ways that have nothing to do with my career in literature.

To Write or to Edit?

I never wanted to be an editor. Literally. I have not once had the dream of reading other people's work for fun or money. I've dreamed many times of being a writer on and off since the fourth grade. As far as being an editor, it always seemed more like being a glorified proofreader or a teacher who reads essays written by people at all levels of wordcraft skill.

It's all those things and more actually. Broken Worlds is one of the most amazing things I feel like I've done. I owe so much to the authors who contributed their work to this anthology. I love being an editor and, honestly, I'm looking forward to doing it again.


But for now it's time to get back to my own writing. That's why I've joined the frenzied rush that is NaNoWriMo for the month of November. As I write this, I just got back from the Midnight Kick-Off event, where some fellow Murderers and I joined other writers from the Tulsa area to work on our 50,000-word goal. I have to admit that it was slow-going, but it's been some time since I've sat down to crank out my own work.

I'll be doing a lot more of that this month. I have about 1210 more words to write before 11:59pm. But first, I think I'll sleep on my current, untitled short story.

Oh, and yes, I haven't posted a blog since midsummer, but I've been pretty active everywhere else. If you want to keep up, you should subscribe to my new newsletter. It'll let you know what I've been doing, whether it's for my own writing career or for that of others. 

We Have Our Broken World

As I begin writing this post, it is July 10th at 11:59pm. And we are done making all decisions regarding Broken Worlds. As of right now, you should've received either an email from us regarding whether or not your story will be published within the pages of Broken Worlds on July 31st. If you haven't received an email from us, please let us know through Facebook, Twitter, or my contact page

Thank you to everyone who submitted. At the end of the day, we had so many great pieces that declining some was utterly painful. Unfortunately, we had to draw the line at how many pieces we could accept. (Actually, I skirted a little over that line. Which might've been bad.)

Future updates on the Broken Worlds anthology will be published through this website, the A Murder of Storytellers website, and all of our respective social media platforms. So make sure you're following A Murder of Storytellers on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and all those other places. And while you're at it, follow metoo. I always have important stuff to say.

Okay, that's not wholly true. Every once in a while I have important stuff to say. But you don't wanna miss those times!

An Anthology? Edited by Moi?

That's right! The long-awaited and highly secretive Broken Worlds anthology begins accepting submissions today. Right now!

The anthology is another masterpiece of talented writers all over the world brought to you by A Murder of Storytellers. We've seen great pieces of work coming from people from all over when we opened Beyond the Nightlight and Faed to the public, and we have no doubt that we'll see more.

I'm really excited to be the primary editor on this piece, and I'm honestly really looking forward to seeing what amazing stories people come up with. It's an honor working with talented authors of all stripes.

See A Murder of Storyteller's Submissions page for more information.