A Year of Stories
The end of a 52-week writing challenge.
365 days ago, I embarked on a challenge to write and publish a new story every week in 2017. I didn’t provide any specifics other than that. No genre requirements, no word count minimums. I challenged myself simply to publish a new story every week.
Today, at the close of the year, I have finished the challenge. I published 73 unique stories this year — surpassing the weekly challenge by 40%.
Entering into the year, I feared running short of ideas. I feared being tapped out and unable to produce. I feared publishing drivel for the sake of maintaining the challenge. Thankfully, I never seemed to run short on ideas and not once did I publish something I wasn’t proud of.
Sure, there were periods when I ran short on ideas or simply did not have the time to write. In fact, there were a lot throughout the year. I learned to tap into creativity when inspiration struck. Instead of just getting words out and then moving onto my next chore, when inspiration struck I stopped and typed. Instead of moving onto the next chore, I rode a wave of inspiration from idea to idea as far as I could go.
I also learned the art of patience. Instead of publishing as soon as a story was written, I often held onto stories for weeks when I had no time to write or simply lacked ideas. Some completed stories sat in drafts for months before being dusted off, re-edited, and published. Shelving a story before publishing allows the story to marinate, like an aged steak. It often gets better with time.
I’m working on goals for 2018. I won’t be committing to publishing weekly, but I will be publishing as often as possible.
Here is a list of everything I published in 2017. Enjoy.
Overcoming Social Anxiety at a Video Game Convention
Spoiler Alert: I also met Felicia Day!
The World of Competition BBQ
Disclaimer: I recieved free admission to this event in exchange for telling a story.
The First Time I Fired a Gun
Lets rewind to November of 2002. I’m into my second year of college and really starting to become a self-actualized…
What you can learn about writing from Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run was a smash hit, but it didn’t happen overnight.
Happiness is an Inner Sanctum
A few months ago my wife gave me a subscription to Audible. I never feel like I have enough time to read, despite…
24-hours in NYC at Christmas Time
Quick, overnight trips are a great option to break away from reality on a budget. Typically these are a…
Originally published on February 6, then later edited and republished.
Why I’m Not Leaving Medium
Quitting Medium seems to be all the rage these days. Let’s be honest, it’s been the rage for awhile now. People have…
130 Year Old Sushi in Tokyo
On a side street in Ginza — Tokyo’s wealthiest district — just around the corner from a supercar gallery is Sushiko…
Originally published on February 20, then later edited and republished.
How to Publish Your Medium Stories to Apple News
Get comfortable, this is going to take a while.
The Future of Storytelling on Medium
I’ve been using Medium for about three years now and, as I stated recently, I’m not going anywhere. In that time Medium…
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Traveling to Japan
The flight takes us on a circuitous route across the Rocky Mountains to Seattle, around the Canadian coastline to…
Originally published on March 21, then later edited and republished.
How I Spent 45 Hours as a Huntress in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
Horizon: Zero Down is Amazing
Girls, Robots, and Rock: Tokyo’s Amazing Robot Restaurant
The Greatest Show in the History of Entertainment. “Girls, Robots, and Rock: Tokyo’s Amazing Robot Restaurant” is…
Originally published on April 10, then later edited and republished.
Originally published on May 11, then later edited and republished.
The Ultimate Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario Memorial Day Movie Showdown
Memorial Day Weekend is a time to celebrate sacrifice, freedom, and the best humanity has to offer. It’s also quickly…
One year ago today Orlando was rocked by a hate-inspired mass-shooting that killed 49 people at a nightclub moments…
It’s Time to Go
Sometimes we have to get outside ourselves before we can look upon others with compassion.
Why did I have to learn calculus?
In elementary school I won a mathematics award. It was around second or third grade and it was for being math student…
Originally published on June 19, then later edited and republished.
Why you should always have at least one hotel room booked.
They’re refundable and you don’t actually pay anything when booking, so what do you have to lose? Book ’em by the dozen…
What You Can Learn About Writing From Tinker Hatfield
writing advice is a documentary series that features creatives in various fields. The second episode focuses on Tinker…
Originally published on July 3, then later edited and republished.
Why I never do this one mundane thing the day before traveling.
There’s a lot of things that I do to prepare for a trip. Laundry and a good house cleaning are always on the list…
How to write blog posts that people actually read. — Justin’s Words — Medium
writing tips Writing tips can be found all over the internet. I’ve even written a number of them. But do they really…
The Federal Government will Default and Shut Down in October
Despite controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, the GOP has had zero legislative successes. Don’t…
Does Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hold up to The Fifth Element?
Nearly a year ago I first caught wind of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It was some article in either…
No, I didn’t like your photo or favorite your tweet. Get over it.
So I didn’t like your photo or favorite your tweet. Get over it. Don’t tell me I’m “doing social media” wrong or am…
Originally published on August 15, then later edited and republished.