"Grave Mistakes" took me a long time to write. I originally intended to write it in January, but instead I wrote "Breaking Bifrost." Then, I began writing the story, but it sounded so flat to me. I liked the beginning, and I was at the final part of the story. Then, I decided to scrap most of it and just write the ending. Considering there is a 4000-word limit, I'm glad that I did what I did to the story. Otherwise, the story would have been close to 5500 words. So, I took the first three paragraphs of the beginning, used them as a memory for Special Agent AJ Cook, and ran from there. I'm much happier with the story as it is, and I want to thank my critique buddies to their suggestions.
I've been very lax with writing lately, and I think it is the weather. It's been cold and snowy since December here, and I'm completely fed up with it. It has disrupted work, sleep, and my writing. Plus, I still can't get my car out of the driveway, and it's been stuck there for two weeks! I hope the snow is behind us and that we can eventually warm up.
For the rest of February, my writing goals are simple: write my writing contest entry (a new ending for Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying) and write my short story for Pill Hill Press's Atlantis anthology. I don't have much time left for either one, but I hope to finish them this weekend. If I can, then I can finally get back to working on my novels! *crosses fingers* I also need to edit one old short story and submit it out again.
I don't have any other writing or other news. I still have a few submissions out there that I'm waiting to hear back, but it might be a while. We'll have to wait and see.