January 15, 2013 by Nathaniel Tower
Here’s what I’ve been up to in terms of writing and juggling for the first half of the first month of 2013:
In order to try to keep myself focused on writing something every week, I began participating in the weekly version of Write1Sub1. If your writing motivation needs a boost, check it out.
So far this year I’ve written four new stories and three chapters of my serial novel Misty Me and Me. Misty Me and Me remains one of the top 20 serials on Jukepop. If you haven’t checked out the site yet, you should definitely head over there. Be sure to vote for Misty Me and Me during your visit.
My story “Magic Santa” was featured in The Hellroaring Review’s special Christmas Edition. This was a story I wrote specifically for the issue after seeing their call for submissions back in December.
My oft-rejected story “Pregnancy and the Wildebeest” was accepted by The Old Timey Hedgehog (a paying market!). The piece has been retitled “Laundry Day” and will appear at the end of January.
My story “Getting the Meat” was accepted by Grim Corps Magazine and will appear in print and digital form near the end of February. This was another paying market.
A new story called “The Weatherman Riots” was accepted by The Shwibly.
The story will appear on their website soon.
A flash piece I wrote near the end of last year called “Single-use and Disposable” was accepted by The Shit Luck Review. The story will appear on their website soon.
A story I penned in exactly six minutes (inspired by the Timothy Gager vs. Squawk Back mess) became the most recommended story on Fictionaut thanks to the support of a great group of writers: A Beautiful Ancient Ghostly Passionate Spirit of the Stars.
I also figured out how my novel The Funeral Attendee is going to end (but I haven’t gotten around to writing it yet).
In editing news: With the help of Rick Taliaferro, Justin Daugherty, and Cortney Phillips, Issue 9 of Bartleby Snopes is almost ready and will be available to download or purchase in the next week. We also are pleased to announce that we will have representation at AWP this year. If you’re there, please be sure to find our table (Y13).
I also launched a database for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, bringing over 80 author interviews onto the same page for easy access.
Of course, writing isn’t all acceptances and success. I’ve received more than a handful of rejections so far. Those just aren’t as fun to talk about.
I finally “mastered” the box pattern. I’ve gotten over 200 consecutive catches, so I’m pretty pleased. Now I’m working on the penguin and Mills Mess. I hope to have a video of Mills Mess up soon.
Last week, I ran a mile while juggling and wearing a 40-pound weight vest. I was a little disappointed in the time (6 minutes, 45 seconds), but I haven’t been training that much lately. Video is coming soon.
I established or broke the following juggling records on Recordsetter.com (click to watch videos of these feats).
- Fastest 200 Juggling Catches and 50 Push-up Medley
- Most Times Flipping a Juggling Club in 30 Seconds
- Fastest Time to Complete 100 Consecutive Catches Juggling 3 Tennis Balls in a Cascade Pattern
- Fastest Time to Complete 100 Consecutive Catches Juggling 3 Balls in a Cascade Pattern
- Most 25-pound Dumbbell Curls While Juggling Two Balls
- Most Crunches Performed While Juggling 3 Balls
- Longest Leg lift While Juggling 3 Balls
If you have any ideas for what I should do next with juggling and running/fitness, let me know.