I'm still looking into setting up a group blog for the Cloud City Wordslingers. If I can get folks interested in it, I think it could work out pretty well. Not to mention, one blog article a week shouldn't be too much of a burden for most folks. I just need to decide if I should go with a blogger/blogspot account or pay hosting for a website we own. The latter is perferable but the former is cheaper. Hmmm.
That aside, I've been struggling with my short story writing for the past month or so. I've finished only a couple stories and I'm starting to get worried that I'm falling into my old habits: Starting a lot of things and not finishing them. Before Smooth Running, I'd never finished a novel before. That, more than anything, proved to me that I could not only be passionate about writing (which I was and still am) but that I could perform. Now I'm getting performance anxiety again and it's all the fault of the 'hot young thing' over in the corner.
See, I've actually been getting some writing done, despite Star Wars: The Old Republic launching. (not as much as I could if I stopped..er didn't start...playing, though) But what I'm writing is yet another sexytime novel that has 0 chance getting published under my own name.
I feel like I should be working on short stories that I can send off to the pro markets. Good for my career, good practice, all that. But what I'm enjoying writing is (currently) dark, sexy science fiction or dark, sexy fantasy. Fun to write but not good career-wise. I also have editing to do, which I'm avoiding because writing > videogames > editing.
So I'm worried I'm backsliding, becoming a hobby writer instead of being a focused professional-to-be. I know which I want. But acting on that...aye, there's the rub. I don't know what the answer is, this time. Except to keep trying, keep moving forward. I do have some short story ideas. I just need to force myself to sit down and write them. Maybe I'll try using a timer, Luna, one of the Wordslingers, uses an online timer to force herself to keep focused. Might be worth trying. Plus, I can reward myself with SWTOR if I sit and write (or sit and edit) for an hour without 'cheating'.