First 3 Month Review

Did you set goals at the start of the year? If so, how are you getting on now that we are in the 3rd month of the year? Imagine, March already!
I started the year with great gusto and enthusiasm and for ten days I knocked out flash fiction, short stories, agent/publisher queries, and even took note of all these submissions. The agent /publisher queries are in relation to my new collection of short stories that I plan to see published this year. It is all ready to go, just waiting for the word. Organised became my new name.

Then the lull appeared, days went by and my pen was allowed to idle in the holder by my bed. My head was full of ‘I must check this closing date etc.’ and ‘maybe that story might fit such and such with a tweaking‘.
Still, I may not have been writing, but, I was reading and thinking of writing-related issues, so I allowed myself the dip in my productivity.

When I saw the fruits of my labour I submitted on the magazines’ shelves in the shops, I smiled so much and felt good. The urge to get more work out there, be it for publication or entering competitions, pushed me to get the laptop open and start tapping for the months ahead. So, I did.
I hope you reached some of your goals with your work, if you are in a lull, don’t panic. Google a story prompt, find a headline that piques your interest, then give yourself a few days to think about what you can write. Go for the walk, read or research if needs be, then pick up the pen and get to work.

I’m happy to report, my stories (all different, no duplicates) were accepted and I was asked to submit more by the magazines involved. This means new stories, new ideas to investigate, and a lot of editing. The story competitions I shall not hear from them for a while, as closing dates and judging take longer. Hopefully, I will have news in my next blog post review.

I am still querying as I go forward and I’ve one or two major decisions to consider regarding my writing. I am not going to rush in with these but seek advice from my writing friends. The past few weeks have been icy cold, which I don’t like as I find it hampers my desire to sit and write. My arthritic fingers become painful and my crocheting also grounds to a halt. So roll on the summer. 

Anyway, hang in there with whatever it is you are working on and I shall be back here next month with another post on how life is rambling along. 

Mary x


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

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