A quick look at where I am, mid-year.
I was out of work through March, then went back to work part-time in April, along with a bit of freelancing interspersed.
In that time I wrote
Deep Calls to Deep at the Roar of Your Waves
Five Little Seeds
This Is How You Lose Yourself
We Are Sirens
All that I Left Behind (I Am)
They are not all finished, mind; but the ones that aren’t finished are complete drafts in some stage of line editing, and since getting a full draft down is the hardest part for me with short fiction, I’m counting all of these as wins.
I’m at once pleased (two more than I wrote in all of 2014), and a little annoyed. I feel like I should have produced more with all that free time. Plus there’s the possibility that Deep might get trunked, it’s a Lovecraft thing that didn’t find a home.
As per usual, I’m never sure whether this self-pressure is justified, or if I’m just being ridiculous. Three of those stories are novelettes, for crying out loud; the rough draft of Rare Birds took months, had four bad starts, and after a first pass revision is coming in at 11,000 words.
But it is what it is, for better or worse. I am decidedly burnt out right now on short fiction; other than editing what’s been written, I think it’s time to switch gears and get back into longer projects. I’ve done a new beat sheet for Talassio based on the last beta reader feedback, and I’ve got two different novella projects fully outlined. Right now we’re doing okay-ish financially, but I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep up the 1.5 salary model, so I want the next several weeks to count. I have murky, longer-term plans for these larger projects; but I need to have the projects, um, written first. 😉