Well, I'm modifying that. Okay, I'll be honest, I'm changing it completely. Yes, a short story will still be created, but it's destination will be significantly different - magazines.
You've all seen them. You buy a magazine and if it's a women's mag, then there's generally a short story or two in there, somewhere. Lurking near the back (why are they always at the back?), a one-page wonder, ready to entertain you, maybe give you a twist in the tale, or make you sigh contentedly with a particularly sweet short romance.
So I started writing short stories with this intention. Magazine submission. And I started sending them out yesterday. Eek! It's kinda scary, to be honest. Just because I'm a published writer, doesn't mean they're more likely to accept my stories. They'll be judged on merit like everyone else's. I'll be waiting at home, gnashing my teeth, wondering if the editor is about to email me at that moment to tell me the wonderful news they want to publish OR they're sitting there, laughing their heads off, wondering who's sent them this drivel?
It's probably the latter.
(See? Published writers get paranoia just as much as unpublished ones!)
Anyway, I'll keep creating, keep sending them out and if they get nowhere, then so be it, I'll publish them for free on here. Or they could be sent out as part of the newsletter (do sign up if you haven't already!)
In the meantime, I'm waiting to hear back from my editor about my completed sixth book, so fingers crossed that it comes back without a single revision required.
We can all dream, can't we?