The goal

woahOstensibly, my goal is publication. But publication is just the beginning.

A bigger goal is a full-time writing career. But the time/money relationship is very incidental; there are politics and processes involved which have nothing to do with raw talent or imagination.

The REAL goal, the one I don’t think I have met yet, is for my reader to finish a story I wrote, and say (very Neo-like):


The feedback since starting the blog is very helpful, but it’s also very dry. My readers acknowledge that I am professional, that I have skill, that a story works. What they don’t say is, “Damn, that story blew me away.”

And I’m not saying it should have…yet. It’s only been a few weeks since I began devoting this much time to my writing career.

But that’s the goal. And I want you, my friends, to understand that’s where I set the bar. Not on publication, not on wealth, not on accolades or awards or reviews.

If my science fiction doesn’t make you think, if my fantasy doesn’t awe you, if my horror doesn’t chill you to the bone, I’m not the writer I strive to be. And I need your help to get there. That’s what this blog is about.

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  • Mr. Snuggles

    I have the story. Whatever format you sent it in is just gravy, dog. I started to read it, and realized I didn’t want to read fiction. Just finished a 1000 page work of fiction, and am starting a History of America to have a change up. I figure in a day or two I’ll be ok to invest in some fictional characters again. I’ll hit you with my comments then.

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