International Short Story Writing Month

May is National Short Story month, or at least claims to be, according to a web search.

Nah, I’m not doing that.

Around these parts, June 1 is when the weather stops being dominated by cool, dry air from the north, and switches to hot, humid southern air. It’s also the month I stop walking two miles a day, and switch to my summer workout routine. In other words, I’m indoors more often. Less time to see the world, and more to write the worlds I see.

 I’ve never been much of a follower, so I’ve decided to have my own short story month. (I had other shit to do in May.) In between editing, and dodging dates, I have declared June to be International Short Story Writing month. Basically, I’m spending the month writing as many short stories as I can. The objective is to put together a free collection, as a writing exercise, and maybe have 1 or 2 good enough for publication in journals or anthologies.

I’ve had one published, within the Literary Underground’s tome, Time, and liked the ability to step out of my usual style and experiment. The objective of International Short Story month isn’t to write crap, or generate word count. The objective is to grow as a writer.

Growth is good. I’m not where I want to be as a writer, but I’m getting closer. The only way to acheive one’s goal is to be consistent. Despite what we want to be true, we are defined not by that which we do best, but by that which we do consistently. Don’t believe me? Think of people you know who go to church on Sundays, and pray all day there, only to follow it up by drinking, whoring, and cheating all week. Do you judge them to be spiritual people?

I thought not.

So, June is for growth. Last June, I started planning Hard as Roxx. I’m not ready to start my next book, mainly because the short story idea intrigues me. There are plenty of stories in my head, including the real truth of vampires. I HATE HATE HATE vampire books, which is why I need to write a vampire story. Romance ass; it’s about food.

If anyone would like to join in, cool. Add a comment, and let me know. I may publish some of the short pieces here, if I come up with some I like.


  1. ceciliag says:

    Always, always you are teasing me back out. You have a way of challenging people.. even as you challenge yourself. June. June is coming. May WAS pretty busy and it is certainly getting hotter here now.. OK so if i were to write a story and polish it up (and there are no rules right, I am not good with rules, i don’t mean that in a show offy way, I just keep forgetting that there might BE rules.), do I email it to you? c

    1. C – I hadn’t really thought it through, obviously, but there are no rules. I don’t think people stretch very well when you put them in a box to start with. If you were to write a story, you can email it to me. We can talk about what will ultimately be done with it. 🙂

      1. ceciliag says:

        OK. love that shot by the way!! c

  2. sturner2 says:

    I like your boldness to up and create International Short Story Writing Month. I hope it finds a “tipping point.” I will proclaim I know who and how it started!

    There are several good quotes on the defining nature habits though this my a favorite. “Watch your thoughts they become words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions they become habits. Watch your habits they become character. Watch your character it becomes your destiny.” (Patrick Overton,

    1. Thanks for the comment and the encouragement. I agree with the quote. I think we overlook the everyday, judging ourselves on the “special”

      1. sturner2 says:

        I am the norm, the standard; what’s up with the rest of you folks. 🙂

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