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Short Story Vacation

I've been having a hell of a time getting back on track with writing "Bill Roman," the first draft of which is one of my 2015 goals.  I'm not sure why I can't stay focused; I'm enjoying the jokes and the plot seems to work, but I just can't get into it.  Writer's block.  Ugh.

So lately I've been trying to clear my head by working on some short stories.  They give me a strange mix of feelings.  On the one hand, I feel like I'm making actual progress with my backlog of ideas, because I'm able to actually wrap up complete projects in a brief amount of time.  On the other hand, it feels like I'm slacking off.  It kinda feels like I'm taking a vacation from my writing.

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I don't know why it is that I don't take my short stories particularly seriously.  Aside from the fact that almost all of them end up turning into shaggy dog jokes, I have some kind of bias that makes me think they're not a valid use of my time.

It's not that I don't respect the format.  Plenty of great writers have based their careers largely or even wholly on short stories.  It just feels like I'm distracting myself from a more important goal.

Another part of me views short stories as nothing more than a cash grab or a marketing ploy.  If I'm able to sell a few pieces here and there, then I can build up a better reputation and maybe sell some more copies of my book, right?  So... since there's potential to make money, it must mean it's not a genuine pursuit?  I don't know.  My priorities are all confused.

On top of that, selling short stories opens up a whole new universe of rejection and frustration and confusion.  I don't even know who to sell these to.  My most recent story is about a sexbot, for Christ's sake.  I'm proud of it, but who can I convince to print it?  Who's in the market for sexbot fiction?

Sigh.  Sorry guys, I don't mean to start your week with aimless rambling.  But that's part of why you come here, right?

So, how was your weekend?  Good?  Did you finish getting that room painted?  Yeah, I saw the pictures you put on Facebook.  The color looks pretty good in there.  Opens it up quite a bit.  Well, you take it easy today.  I'll catch you later.