A Not-So-Final Note from the Editor

I tried an experiment in the early part of February. I decided that, for the first week, I would start a new story every single day. Seven days ... seven story beginnings. I told myself I wouldn't look at any of the story ideas I have congealing in my idea file; nor would I think about an upcoming story too far in advance (two days ahead). So the first day I sat down, and I didn't have a clue as to what I would write, but, as I was looking out the window at the snow (given this winter, it was probably snowing again or had just finished snowing or was about to snow), the idea came. I typed until I didn't type anymore ... I just got to a place where I thought it would be good to stop because I had to think things through to continue. I didn't have to finish the story ... I just had to write a few pages, more if I could.

And I did. Seven stories for seven brides. Oh, wait, that's something else. Seven stories for seven days ... and then, on that seventh day, I thought: Hey, why not go for three more days and make it ten days/ten story beginnings.

So I did.

And I had fun while I was doing it. I wrote more on some stories--less on some, of course--and in the end I had something like 50-55 pages.

I'm letting the story beginnings rest now, and I will be looking at them again shortly to decide what story I'll select for the first completion. Yeah, beginnings are good, and endings are great, but it's those middles that can be the killer. I had thought with my seven--then ten-–story beginnings that I probably wouldn't be able to complete all of them, but now I think I'm going to try. Wow! That's more stories than you can shake a stick at! It'll be fun working on these, and it'll be fun to find homes for all these tales!

I'll keep you posted on the results of this experiment.

Do you ever try different things when you write? If so, what? Let me know.

While you're pondering such writing experiments and their relation to never-ending snowstorms, you can also think about submitting something to the newsletter! Yes, really! Never sent anything in all the time you've been a member of the organization? Tsk! Now's the time to do it and let other members know who you are and what you do! And what do I want? Glad you asked. Send photos of your book-signings and writer events and presentations and demonstrations and cookie-making contests (if horror-related, of course). Plus, I'm always on the lookout for great articles on just about any topic. I am looking for lots more articles this year! Drop me an E-mail, and we'll talk about your idea.

There's a great new column in this issue, "No Boundaries," which I will run from time to time. You should definitely check it out. But then you read this "cover to cover," right? Right! If you are creative in some other way other than writing, this might be an ideal piece for you to write. Drop me a note!

Is anyone here--and I'm talking to YOU--a writer of comics or graphic novels or somehow involved with them? Drop me a line; I'd like to talk to you.

Don't forget to send news of recent sales and impending publications to the appropriate columnists. The deadline for each issue is ALWAYS the 15th of each month, so send your news early--that is, BEFORE the 15th and not on that date or shortly after. The E-mail addresses of the columnists are on the front page/right side of each issue and also often at the bottom of some columns. This stuff is all FREE promotion for you and your work! FREE! Take advantage of that!

As always, I would like to thank my terrific proofreaders: Walt Jarvis, Anthony Ambrogio, Ron Breznay, Brick Marlin, Dean Wild, Morven Westfield, Carson Buckingham, Marty Young, Marge Simon, Joel Jacobs, Patricia Esposito, Richard Dean Starr, and Greg Faherty. Thanks to my two new proofreaders: Naching Kassa and Sheri White; let's hope we don't scare them off! And thanks to Donna K. Fitch for all her hard work getting the newsletter put up at the Web site!

The deadline for the APRIL issue is Saturday, March 15.