As of today, I have one overarching goal with my writing: Publish my work in significant enough body to make writing a full time gig. To this I plan on writing Sci-Fi novels under this name, as well as short stories and other fiction under other pseudonyms. I currently have a series idea that deals with Life on a martian Colony. To this I've already started writing the second novel. (I had an idea for a novel within the same scope after starting this one, but the logical timeline of the two is that the novel I thought of later will go first. ) Under my other pseudonym, I currently have seven short stories under various stages of development. One is at a full draft and I'm currently in the process of editing and refining it. As much as I want to post a significant excerpt of that story here, I'm unsure of how that will affect copyright once I try to publish it. (will have to ask about that or find out soon.) I have a few friends from university who studied English and Comparative literature, and if they're okay with it, I intend to ask them for a read through and comments. My current difficulties are getting into the pace of being a consistent writer. Treating writing like work and hobby is a little difficult, but I find that even when I spend 2 or 3 hours writing I do not mind it. The skill to be learned here is consistency, writing every day and writing even when I feel like I'm stuck and no good ideas are coming out. I'm a firm believer that in order to be a good writer, one must simply start by writing. First drafts are often snowballed. I start writing something and keep going until I reach a logical stop point. This has produced some crazy drafts, but it helps me get an idea of where I'm at with the story and the characters. I feel a little weird with some projects, because I have yet to really get into the characters. I also need to learn to take one project at a time. I have a slight fear of publishing anything by any means, partially because I never really feel like I can finish things to 100% satisfaction. This is part of the reason I choose pseudonyms. I feel like I can publish good work under those names until I've developed a mastery of the craft such that I'd feel somewhat comfortable publishing under my own. I hope to update this journal on a weekly basis to cover my progress and setbacks. Inspirations and writer's blocks.