Right. Uhmm. Hello? I've decided I'm going to try keep more of a journal for my writing this year as I want to take it a little more seriously! I've tried and failed to keep blogs/diaries in the past - truth be told I tend to get bored of them quickly and decide no one's reading them anyway so stop posting. Hopefully this won't be like that, but be warned! Additionally, be warned that this could quickly desend into a quick line or two about words written/progress made as a quick way for me to measure progress over time. So now that I've completely put you off reading any further, I'll start with a little about me and what I'm up to. I'm currently working on a collcetion of 7-9 short stories, each 10,000 - 12,000 words each, which I'm hoping to self-publish at some point this year in a single collection. The stories are chick-lit erotic fiction. Don't judge! They say write about what you who doesn't love sex! There is a common theme running through the stories as a way of tying them all together, but each story is a completely different set of characters, circumstance, situation ect. I should go into more detail but I'm feeling strangely protective of it (I guess I think I've got a good idea here). I've gone for a collection of short stories as when I've tried to write longer peices I find I tend to run out of ideas/patience/interest fairly quickly. I'm hoping that keep the pieces relatively short and focused keeps me engaged (working so far!). The aim of all this? To improve my writing style and technique, get into the habit of writing regularly and to actually finish a number of works all the way through to publishing the collection. So - My short term aims and the things I will track via this thread: Write 300 words per day - This doesn't sound much but I'm about to have my first child and just want to get into the habit of writing a little bit every day at the moment. Write short stories/flash fiction for the forum to allow for critique and feedback. Enter into contests etc to get into the habit of regularly sharing my work Research small/part time writing work. I'd love to be able to earn a little extra money from writing/editing (and through this gain market experience). The main aim of this isn't money. Research places/journals etc to get short peices of work published (online and print). I really know very little about how everything 'works' now but I'd love to look at getting some small 'distractory' stuff published while working on my main piece. Easy huh? So. Quick update on where I am. Working on the first story. 9500 words down, 530 words written today (and 1,133 words written this week so far for anyone who's interested). Slightly concerned the start is a bit 'waffly' and needs streamlining. Also concerned I've relied on a number of classic cliches. But I'm refusing to go back and start editing until I've got a first draft as I've done this in the past and then not been able to continue the story again as I spend too time trying to get what I have written perfect. Also won the short story contest for the 'A Cup Of Tea' theme. Yay! Massive surprise as I only managed to come up with a concept I liked two days before the deadline so rushed through the story in a couple hours. Thank you again for all who voted Anyway - That's me for now. Let's see how many words I get done this week!