I can only claim to be on track for my writing goal for 2020 so far if I count the work I produced in December of 2019.
So I’m going to do that and list four stories:
“Lab Day,” 9,000 words, Fantasy, set in the Dracoheim universe, written for and submitted to an anthology with the theme of Magical schools.
“A Cup Of Kindness”, 2,700 words, Weird Horror, written for and submitted to an anthology with the theme of Holiday Horror.
“Through Dry Places”, 6,400 words, Pre-industrial Fantasy, written for an upcoming collection of my Fantasy stories, some previously published, some original.
“The Old Covenant”, 4,900 words, Lovecraftian Urban Fantasy, written for and submitted to an anthology with the theme of Neptune.
Current Work In Progress is an SF story called “The Fall Of A Storm King”, being written for submission to an anthology with the theme of Saturn.
Not much output for the new year, particularly since the first two were really written in December. I’m averaging a story a month–half of what I wanted to produce.
This is my Open Stories folder on my computer.
Currently there are 37 items, all of them stories that I began and have not yet completed.
Some of them are only a few hundred words, just enough to set a scene and give me a hook to return to later.
Others run several thousands words, stories that are half or more than half completed that I have not finished for one reason or another. (Often because I don’t know how they should end.)
Nearly all of them were started on spec–that is, not with the intent to submit them to any particular market. Sometimes–quite often, actually–I will hear of a particular themed anthology and dig something out of this folder that I can finish and submit.
A lot of my work this year has been on stories in this file, opening them and rereading with a fresh eye, and seeing how it could go from here. So I am not going to beat myself up too bad for my output this winter.
Usually I like to have at least three or four backup stories, written with no particular market in mind but finished up and ready to go. But, on the other hand, I also need to put together some original Horror stories for a collection I want to pitch to an indie publisher this year.
Next up, finish my Saturn story (and I have pretty fair idea where it is going) and then see what I can wrap up from the Open file.