Pumpkin Flavored Victory

Greetings, dear pond readers! Earlier this summer I posted about my experiment writing through the crud of life. Good news, that experiment helped jumpstart some great writing productivity. Thanks to a super awesome friend of mine, I found out about an exciting writing contest with a final submission deadline of August 31st. I’ve always thought that deadlines were useful tools even though I frequently watch in horror as they fly over my head. This time, this golden happy time, I managed to turn the headlong rush of the deadline into useful momentum. The project that I was stuck on how to re-write? I persevered through where I was stuck and successfully finished what I hope is the final draft of the next E.A. Lawrence publication. Not only did I finish, I finished two days ahead of deadline and 10 words under the max word count. There was happy dancing.

High Stepping Rhino by E.A. Schneider

This wasn’t easy. I chiseled away at my revisions in the morning, on my lunch break, and late into the night; oftentimes all three on multiple days in a week. My friends helped me stay honest. I tend to be secretive about what I’m working on and don’t share specifics but when people asked me how I was, I said working on a deadline. It felt good to say that and know that I was making progress. I like drafting new stories but I actually find revising to be more elementally satisfying. Like editing a photo, working on a revision feels like artistry to make the small tweaks that make a beautiful, unified whole.

Bumblebee in my Good News Garden by E.A. Schneider

Because one of my writer/D&D friends is also a talented baker, they gave me a giant loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread to celebrate my victory last week. Today I finished the last bite and while I’m always up for more pumpkin flavored everything, I find myself hungry for another writing challenge. For as excited as I am about the draft I turned in to the contest, I’m more excited about the rush of making the deadline. Win, lose, or draw on this specific contest, I have a marketable draft that I can place with a publishing home. Now, I just want to repeat this writing achievement. I have a handful of short fiction projects in various stages of drafting and editing as well as a long line of new ideas for stories twinkling across my mind. Can I find momentum to reach a new deadline? God-willing and coffee pouring, yes. Tonight I spent time organizing my calendar alerts with deadlines for submission for seven different publishing opportunities. Will I make all of these deadlines? Probably not. Will I polish up more stories that make me smile and get submitted for some of these? Yeah, I think I will.

Swimming River Otter by E.A. Schneider

How are you doing creatively, dear pond readers? Any big projects you’re working on this Fall?

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