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. 

Updates on a Broken World

This is the latest update on the Broken Worlds anthology.


As you can see to the right, I printed out the whole thing. It's about 270 pages of great stories. All that's left is to dots the I's and cross the T's.

The Kindle version will be ready on July 31st, but unfortunately the paperback won't be ready until about a week after that. This is because we have to order a copy ourselves to make sure the proof is a quality product. This anthology has been  our biggest project yet, and we want to know it's perfect before it goes out.

Thank you to all our authors for their support, and to my boss for her help with all the nitty gritty essentials.

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!

Worlds Break in July

As the month of June comes to a close, so does our initial selection process for the short stories that will be in our newest anthology Broken Worlds. We were very excited to see the stream of submissions and thoroughly enjoyed reading this cornucopia of creative works. If we had the room to publish Broken Worlds in three or four volumes, I'm sure we'd try.

At this point, I should say that I'm not using the Royal "We," so much as I'm referring to myself and to the rest of the Murder of Storytellers team.

We want to thank everyone who submitted pieces to Broken Worlds. By now, all of you should have received an email from us. If you haven't, please comment below this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter to let us know because something must have gone wrong somewhere. What follows is the schedule for Broken Worlds for the month of July, leading all the way up to publication.

If you made it onto our second read list, then you'll be receiving accept or decline emails over the first week and a half of July. We expect all of our final selections to have been made by July 10th, so—again—if you haven't received an email by then please let me know through the Murder sitemy contact pageFacebook, or Twitter.

We expect Broken Worlds to officially publish—at least in e-book format—on July 31st.

So that's where we are. Thank you again for your stories, your creativity, and your support. We'll all be in touch again soon.