Edited to add: the proper term is First North American Serial Rights and not North American First Publication Right.

I recently answered a question about my writing habits. For them who don’t do Facebook, here’s an explanation of my short story writing process: 

It’s a complicated process . . . it begins with me grabbing a snack (usually cookies) and a drink (coffee or tea) and sitting at the computer. After an hour or two (and more snacks and drinks) I get bored and say to myself:

“Say, Self! Why don I write a short story?”

I then grab a fresh supply of snacks and a drink and go watch an hour or so of television with my wife. After she goes to bed I go back to the computer and start writing. I shoot for an opening hook that will, you know, hook me. At this point, I don’t yet know the genre or protagonist or plot or how long, etc.

Within 10 minutes or so I have that worked out and I’m a writing fool, snacks and drinks forgotten. Some time later, I’m finished.

I re-read, I edit, I re-read, I edit, I post to my blog, thus giving away my North America First Publication Rights (edited to add:First North American Serial Rights).

I go to bed.

Five hours later I get up and go to the gym. When I come back I am delighted with the two or three people who read it. One even liked it. At this point, I re-read the story and fix stupid errors I missed the previous night even as I marvel at the brilliance of it.

Over the next few months and [in the] following years I will re-read it a number of times, the story now forgotten by all but me.

To date, it’s been a pretty good process. I did a quick check and I have a surprising volume of work comprising forays in fan, flash, and short fiction. As I mentioned, I think all my stuff is pretty good . . . and it should be since I write it specifically to appease my taste in fiction.

My taste in fiction can be called Heinleinesque, or maybe Nivenesque. I don’t read much modern fiction because with rare exceptions it falls well outside my preferred reading material. Scalzi and Butcher are exceptions, and not all their stuff is to my liking. 

Both Heinlein and Niven, if memory serves me, mapped out their universe, including timelines and characters. In contrast, the only time I mapped out anything is when I was not writing.

These examples (Notes of old – 01,  Notes of old – 02,  Notes of old – 03) likely date from the late 70s or early 80s. I recently came across them buried in the back of an old notebook and scanned them for posterity. Again, that was from a time when I told myself I would write instead of actually writing.

Once I started writing in earnest  (sometime in late 2004, after we closed Hartwick), I nearly exclusively worked on my SV-1 novel on and off for a number of years.  

Unfortunately, I made two major mistakes; one, I did not apply myself to finish it (I will) and in 2013 I posted all 28 chapters on this blog (thus using up the North American First Publication rights). When I finish it, and I will, I’ll have to publish it on my own.

So, what does this long intro mean and what does SeDiTeSSWriMo mean?

The answers are related. 

I aim to get serious about my writing; I aim to write and submit. I’ve said it before, but I’m now acting on it . . . I aim to get published. 

To wit, SeDiTeSSWriMo . . . September is Disperser Ten Short Stories Writing Month.

The plan is to write ten short stories and submit them to pro and semi-pro markets.

There is a catch . . . I can’t publish them here, or at least not openly. I will put them up like I did for the NaNoWriMo novels: in password protected posts.  

For them who read this blog, my output will likely drop. Additionally, if I subscribe to your blog, I might miss reading a few posts. I’ll do my best to keep up, but writing will take precedence; sorry about that. 

And now, a picture:


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6 Responses to SeDiTeSSWriMo

  1. I did not know that you give up your North American first publication rights when you post to your own blog.


  2. What is that thingee in the picture?!
    I like your short story writing process. Sometimes when I write it’s hammered out quickly…but, I like the times it is a balance of writing and then taking breaks to do other things while pondering the story in my head. And then back to the writing. Your snack part sounds fun. I should add that to my writing process! :-)
    You are one of the best short story writers I know! I’m excited for you and your SeDiTeSSWriMo!!! :-) Good luck (all of my crossable parts are crossed for you) and have fun writing the 10 stories and submitting them! I DO believe you will be published! :-)
    And if you put them up PP here on WP, I will read them! With my upcoming surgery, I will have some down-time (whether I like it or not) to rest and read more.
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Interesting isn’t it? It’s a copper wind chime . . . well, decoration. It does not actually chime. It’s meant to rotate in the breeze and reflect the sun, but when it’s windy here it’s very windy, so the thing is now stored in my basement.

      And yes, the stories will be posted here, but protected by a password.

      . . . and don’t keep them things crossed too long; you’ll cut off circulation.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. AnnMarie says:

    Entertaining explanation and the chime photo is simply . . . LOVELY!

    Liked by 1 person

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