It was more than three years ago now that I set down my first words on this blog.
"I have been told that the beginning of a piece of writing is the most important...that some editors and critics will stop reading your work simply based on how boring they find your work. But beginnings are hard... sometimes i even like to write beginnings at the end of a story.
Here i have no chance. Here i begin my journey to publication. I intend to be published before i turn twenty. The definition of published here extends to magazines and journals but not to the school magazine, although that would be fine too. I have three more birthdays until that day. If you have opened this blog because you are genuinely interested by my progress, I thank you. If this is a pure fluke, please feel free to check up on me. Any kind words of encouragement would be much appreciated."
I can see myself back then in my minds' eye... a little less self assured, a little less book-snobbish, a little less grammatically correct.
Yesterday was my twentieth birthday, which was the deadline that I set myself for becoming a published writer. The parameters that I set myself were clear. There is no way I can use clever rhetoric to get around it. So did I achieve my goal?
I think I will leave that up to you. I have logged all my publications under the tab of that same name.
In my head, when I wrote that, I remember that I wanted to say purely that I would have a novel in print by my twentieth birthday. While I have worked very hard at that goal in particular, I am now a lot more informed on the process that is involved and the trials and tribulations of the young writer. I've had countless rejections for my short work alone. I've also had some success, but not as much as I would have liked. I don't want to be famous. I just want some kid or some adult to pick up my work and feel something. I just want to tell stories, in the words of a very wise young man who was kind enough to have coffee with me this January.
I need a new goal. I want to be bold here and say a novel in print by 25. But I also don't want to set myself a goal that I cannot achieve. Suggestions?