I have submitted one of my short stories for publication in an online magazine. I probably will not hear from them for a couple months, if at all, but I will keep everyone updated on the progress of this. I am working on polishing some other stories to then submit to other publications. The main goals are to build up some publishing credits and earn a few extra dollars along the way. By obtaining publishing credits, I stand a better chance of getting some of my other works published by traditional publishers. That of course is if my stories are accepted for publication.
I have a few stories that are finished and I have sent them off to a few friends to read and offer opinions. They will likely notice mistakes or issues that I have not because I have been staring at these stories so much. They are all avid readers and a couple of them are writers as well so they should offer valuable information. Once they finally read them and get back to me… I am confident in their abilities. Honestly, I appreciate that they even offered to read them which is more than most people would do so I really cannot complain. I am in their debt. The writing process just seems to go by a lot faster now than when I first started writing.
Once I have enough stories finished up, I can finish work on my dystopian novel. This one will take a lot more time to polish as well as to write. There are more words to write and then I have to make sure there is continuity throughout to avoid mistakes and plot holes. It is a very time consuming process but I hope this will not take as long as I am expecting. We shall see how things turn out. I am looking forward to having so many stories finished. I do not care if they never get published. I have achieved more than most and that is all that matters.