Feliz Ano Nuevo! Happy New Year!

It’s 2014. I like looking at those numbers – two, zero, one and four. There’s something brilliant and shocking about saying that we are in the year we are. Time moves so fast. The numbers tell us that.

 

Last year moved so quickly and I expect this year will feel like a blink. I hope to be able to slow things down a little, while still writing hard. Last year I published a handful of short stories, wrote a short poetry collection and began two novels. This year, I hope to complete those two novels and I’m participating in this monster of a project with the wonderful writer Jessica Mchugh and others.

 

Mchugh says that “2014 is the year of #AStoryAWeek,” and I am so looking forward to this delightful challenge. According to the guidelines a “story is a story, no matter how small.” I can totally do that. Whether I craft a piece that’s 60 or 6,000 words each week I’m on track. It can also be “edited, and polished for submission, or it can be super-rough first draft.” McHugh’s motto is “think in ink.” You have to write. You have to challenge yourself with one word on the page after the other. If you don’t do that then you’re not a writer. If you put words on a page then you’re a writer. If some of your writing gets published, then bonus! You’re a published writer.

 

Each week I’m going to post the title of the short story I have written, perhaps with a summary guide; word count and genre. I this is the kick in the face I need. What I also like about Mchugh’s guide is that she says to experiment. If you’re a dark fiction or horror writer perhaps write something different the following week and the next. This is a great opportunity to explore writing with other writers and even that alone will make this a wonderful 2014.

 

Here is a link to Jessica McHugh’s #AStoryAWeek post that lists the other writers involved. http://mcnito.blogspot.com/p/a-story-week.html

 

I pray that this New Year brings me and you a thousand blessings, and more. I hope that we will celebrate health, happiness and prosperity together. Be kind to one another. Make the world a better place. Peace and love.

 

-Cina

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About Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com