Writing – 2009 A Year in Review

December 24, 2009

The year 2009 was a good one for me. First of all let me give you some background. I’m still employed full time, but approaching retirement in about four years. Although I’ve always had an interest in and dappled in writing over the years, this was the first year I got serious about it.

I’m also a do-it-again dad with an 8 year-old son and 5 year-old twin daughters to tend to. My eldest daughter gave me the gift of a grandson this year. All this consumes my time, but also gives me lots of ideas for writing.

I made an effort to write at least a page a day. This was fairly successful for me. Writing for my blog helped, it gave me motivation.

So far in 2009 I have written over 25 fiction short stories and a half-dozen nonfiction pieces.

I was published four times this year. Once in a mainstream magazine here in Canada called Saltscapes, The East Coast Magazine. This was also a well-paid gig. The others were fiction pieces published in ezines for little or no pay, but resulted in excellent exposure.

Lots of rejections, but this is normal. After all Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected over 500 times before it was published. The rest is history so to speak.

The results of my writing efforts have been most satisfying. Not only am I getting published, but the ability to create stories and articles is a total high for me.

I love writing and can’t wait to see what 2010 will bring. For sure it will bring me another grandson. If I can just learn to love rewriting a bit more…..

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First Feature Article Published

March 11, 2009
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Saltscapes, Mar/Apr 2009

A bit of a brag today. I just had my first feature article published in a mainstream magazine. I’m previously published in hobby magazines, but this is the first non-philatelic article published for me. It’s very satisfying to see one’s hard work in print. I say hard work, but in actuality it was fun for me.

The magazine is Saltscapes, March/April 2009 Issue. This is a lifestyle magazine published in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The photo is of the cover of the current issue. The editor, Heather White, was fantastic to work with. She really believed in the article. The title of the article and it’s description is,

“The Invisible Immigrants: One Home Child’s Story”

“Like many immigrants, home children came to Canada to bave a better life. They left a legacy, but not necessarily a history. Here is one home child’s story.”

The magazine’s website is,  www.saltscapes.com

So now it’s back to work on the writing to have more articles published. Thank goodness I seem to have lots of ideas.


My Work in Progress

April 23, 2008

I have added a page to this blog called “Nonfiction Writing Project”. I posted an excerpt and status on a nonfiction book I am working on and intend to have published. You will see the Link at the top of the main page. If you are interested please check it out and leave a comment.

Steve


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