I have a book buying problem – Hi I’m Pete and I’m a biblioholic. You’re probably already aware of that from the fact that I’ve been doing the Writing About Writing About Writing (WAWAW) blogposts (which will return next month, more on that below.) I do the category challenge on Librarything every year and I’m noodling ideas for next year’s challenge as I use it as a method to reduce the TBR (doesn’t always work.) And I was thinking of doing a Year of Reading Short Stories. I have enough short story books to fill a year of reading (yes I have that many unread books on the shelves that just this one category could fill a year.) At the same time as continuing my WAWAW. Since I’ll also be opening submissions for BFS Horizons again next year I’ll be reading a lot of short story submissions too (I hope there’s a lot of submissions anyway.) So that’s challenge 1 for next year – to reduce the TBR of as many short story books as possible.
Challenge 2 is of course WAWAW – I’ve basically finished the ones on the shelves apart from the prompt books. I have a bunch of writing books on the Kindle that I will be challenging myself to read as part of WAWAW too. But with the prompt books I thought the only real test of them is to do the prompts – so I’ll be reading them and using them to produce short stories next year. Short stories that I’ll then try and sell. I’ll blog about the experience here – the stories, how they come together, where I’m submitting, any successes, any feedback etc.
Not exactly a challenge but in addition – I’ll be revising Sick City Syndrome and once that’s ready I’ll be creating an email list and offering it for free if you sign up. I’ll also be revising Certainty of Dust with the aim of getting it published in 2022.