Playing Catchup


The interesting thing about making goals for yourself is that you sometimes make goals right around the same time you have other stuff to do. Hold one, this isn’t one of those “Wah, I can’t write cause I have better things to do” complaints. This is the “I set up writing and reading goals during a time when I had two essays to write” complaint. However, the good news is that I should be able to catch up easily enough. I’m planning to finish up the book I was supposed to finish this weekend by tomorrow night. As for the writing…
You can see I’m 3,300 words behind. I intentionally wrote over my allotted 2,000 words today to start dwindling that amount. I might write more tomorrow. I started a new short story for the Eaten Conference Short Story Contest. I churned out 2,400 words today and I plan to get another 3,000 tomorrow, time permitting. I expect the story to fall around 5,500 words, which is good because I’m somewhat limited by a 6,000 maximum word count. The story has to do with Mars, and I expect it to be pretty interesting, although I don’t know if it will do much good in winning. Luckily for me the contest is only open to UC students, unlucky for me is that the UC system seems to hate science fiction, for the most part, and is hosting a contest on science fiction without much for guidelines other than “it must be SF and deal with Mars”. Okay, great, vagueness. So they’re getting a quasi-SF story that deals with Mars that will be making a mockery of the usual cliche of Aliens From Mars. Yup, a mockery.
In any case, we’ll see where it goes. I will have another chapter of SoD either this week or this weekend. I’m not entirely sure on that. Regardless, it’ll end up being on here at some point this week. I’m currently ahead of myself in that, which is good. I expect to keep it that way.

And I think that is a sufficient amount of rambling from me. What are all of you doing out there?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Playing Catchup

  1. Congrats on sticking towards your goals! Half the battle is writing them down so we can be held accountable šŸ™‚

    What is everyone else doing? Well – my goals include overall good health & working my new website. You’ll laugh since I am working on a MacBook Pro and utilizing iWeb. I’m happy with the overall content, but I am tweaking some Final Cut home movies to place on it before I announce the site. All I can say is that I keep continuing to learn new things & that’s a blessing in itself šŸ™‚

    Take Care & totally cool on the Giants’ win! As for the commercials – & Pepsi had some fun ones.

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