Things can change pretty dramatically sometimes. Focus can change and shift all of a sudden (as can a dictator’s hold on power) and yesterday was one of those days. Can you notice something?
After the flurry of discussion yesterday, I’ve pulled down Sanity Juxtaposed. It was refreshing and exciting to have some decent discussion on this here little blog because I hadn’t seen it in a while. I realised that whilst my little experiment isn’t something to regret and I learnt something, it was time to end it and focus on something else.
As one Facebook friend quoted from someone else, “never send out your half-baked cakes” and so I have come to see that putting out those old short stories shouldn’t be my focus, that they reflect badly on me and don’t show my best writing. I need to turn my energy toward writing new work and refining it to be the best it can be.
I kind of got preoccupied with the eBook thing, which wasn’t all bad. I’m still going to blog on eBooks and eReaders but less on trying the whole process out for myself.
Another great thing to come out of the discussion, was further discussion. Alan Baxter offered some thoughts yesterday on posting free fiction on your blog and I agree with a lot of what he said. I don’t mean to denigrate what a lot of people are doing, like my friends in #FridayFlash but I am considering shifting my focus away from it because I’ve written some good stuff last year that became ineligible for publication because it was already up here. Instead, I was left wishing it’d refined it a bit in secret and gave it a chance at more exposure.
I might still post flash fiction and some of my poetry every once and a while, though. I have quite decided about poetry in particular because often my poetry is written to be spoken so is often not suitable for submission to print journals and the whole open mic poetry scene is a different ball game to submitting to journals.
But, I’m thinking short fiction is going to be my focus again. I’m getting all excited about the idea of reorganising my writing folder, putting to bed some old pieces that have been rejected too many times and doing some serious writing, rewriting and editing and targeting some markets. I think I’ve just about missed the boat on Voiceworks but I’ve got a few other places that would make me seriously happy to be apart of.
P.S. There’s a change to this blog coming up too. Can you guess what it is?