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I am a thirty-something speculative fiction writer. More importantly to this blog, I am a reader of science fiction, horror, and science fiction. Recently it came to my attention that there are very few places reviewing short stories in the genres that I love. I also had the epiphany that I had not been reading enough of these stories. So, an idea was born to address both of these issues.

So, starting in September 2012, this silly little blog of mine that has more or less been gathering dust will be dedicated to looking at and reviewing short form works published both in print magazines and in on-line formats.

Reviews will be posted at least once a month, hopefully more, and stories will be selected completely at my whim. However, if you have read something amazing, thought-provoking, or interesting, please feel free to drop me a recommendation.

Because a big part of the point of this exercise is to improve my own writing by looking at people doing it successfully, I will only be selecting stories to look at from professional or semi-professional markets.

Please note, however, because a big part of the point of this exercise is to improve my own writing by looking at people doing it successfully, I will only be selecting stories to look at from professional or semi-professional markets.

I intend to write honest, and hopefully interesting, reviews to let people know more about the wide variety of fantastic (both in subject and quality) stories out there. There will be no personal attacks on authors and no excoriating hatchet jobs. There is nothing to be learned from reviewing truly bad work and nothing to be gained by being mean. I will not do it and, should I be so lucky as to get readers and commentators, I would ask that they not do so either. Be respectful and everyone gets to have a more interesting conversation.

What I will do is to give my honest and reasoned reactions to stories and try to determine why or why not particular elements worked. I will try to acknowledge my personal biases and to become more open-minded about those things that are not in the realm of my personal preference.

Also, because this is my blog and I can, there may be occasional entries on my own writing process, things I find interesting, or whatever else I feel inclined to add. This may all crash and burn spectacularly, but it's going to be a heck of a lot of fun in the meantime.

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Do These Words Count for NaNoWriMo?

I decided very last minute (like two days ago) to do National November Writing Month. For those unfamiliar, this is when a bunch of masochistic writers decided to support each other as we all try to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

The website for it is: http://nanowrimo.org

It is day two and I am two thousand words behind. I expect this number to grow each day.

However, the number of words written will likewise increase. Not as fast, but, hey, every little bit counts, right?

The people I know plan for NaNo. They have a project outlined, notes on what they want to write, maybe, if they are feeling a little cheaty-face a couple thousand words written beforehand to pad their slow days.

I did none of this.

In fact, I had no interest in doing NaNo. While I like the concept, I never make the goals. Ever. And then I stress about that.

However, this year I wasn't writing anyway. And I wanted to be, but I was in the midst of a conundrum. See, I have two different novels I could be working on.

Great problem to have, right? Except I kept dithering about what I *should* be working on, and so not writing anything at all.

NaNo came along and served as a swift kick in the pants I needed. After all, it is one month. If I can do it, and I get one of the projects at least significantly advanced, then either: 1) I love it, polish it, complete it, and am way ahead of the game or, 2) I realize I hate it, it's going nowhere, and I should have been focused on project 2. And I am out all of a month.

It's win-win.

Assuming I get the work done. Which I should be doing instead of writing this journal entry. Two thousand words behind and counting.

I wonder if the cat boxes need to be done?

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