Oh, I've been writing them, but each disappoints in the end. I'm sure there's a few possible reasons for this:
- I've forgotten how to write.
- I'm more critical of my work now.
- I'm more critical of venues to which I'll send my work.
So maybe it's #2. I like some of what I've written lately, but I don't love it. I should love it, right?
And I know #3 is part of the equation. In the beginning, I was happy to have a "yes" from anyone. I'm just not there any more. Pay and prestige aren't the only deciding factors--I want to send something that is a fit for the magazine/anthology/etc. With more experience, I find the list of possible markets for any particular story grow smaller (and smaller).
So, yeah. Working. Writing words. I suspect I need some dedicated editing and revision time...
I've been reading, too, and falling in love with much of what Kelly Link writes. If you're unfamiliar with her work, "The Specialist's Hat" is a good place to start. Don't be surprised if you finish the story with more questions than answers.
(By the way..."Black Medicine Thunder and the Sons of Chaos" finishes this week at Red Penny Papers)