For about a year now, I’ve had this idea to write a short-story collection based around the Wiccan holidays—Samhain/Halloween, Beltane/May Day, Ostara/spring equinox, etc. I find short stories tricky to write—you have such a small space to develop your characters and allow readers to forge a connection to your characters and the story. I like the challenge. Last week I finished a second draft of one of my WIPS, so now I’m turning my focus to writing short stories.

Any tips on writing short stories?

This week’s midweek ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Last week I finished the second draft of A Prince in Patience Point. Woot! So far this week I’ve written 1,550 words in a short story. I’m still deciding on a title, but the working title is “Wisps of Moonlight.”

Reading: I’ve read several books on simple living in the last week. Last week I read two simple living books. I also read Yin Feng Shui by Tess Whitehurst. If you’ve read a lot on feng shui before, most of this book will serve as a reminder. If you’re new to feng shui, the book is a very good starting point since it’s not overwhelming. This week I’m reading If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Get Rid of This Clutter? by Sallie Felton. It deals with emotional and mental clutter as well as physical, which is a fresh take, and there are a lot of exercises to help you take stock of your clutter, but it’s not my favorite decluttering/simplifying book so far. I’m also reading Corsets and Clockwork, a collection of 13 steampunk romances. So far my favorite is “Wild Magic” by Ann Aguirre.

Decluttering: I’m continuing my practice of getting rid of five things a day. I’m starting to realize that while it’s difficult to part with my books, it’s those things that were gifts that are hardest to part with. Even if I’m not using something, there’s still this sense of guilt wrapped around those objects. But I’m determined to stick with the decluttering process. I simply want to own less stuff.

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What about you? Have you read any good books lately? How are your writing projects coming along? Have you ever gone through a period where you focused on decluttering? What things were hardest to part with?

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