As promised, now that the shortest month has rolled around, it's time to kick off the first ever Syntax of Things Short Story Writing Month, aka SoTShoStoWriMo (just because everything needs an acronym). What does this mean? Well, unlike with the novel writing version of this (NaNoWriMo), I'm not setting daily word count goals and I don't have a fancy site with a word count calculator. In fact, during this period, there may be days that I don't get a lot of writing done. Eventually, I simply want to have a solid and possibly submittable story finished before we turn the page on the calendar.
As for a schedule, I'm planning on trying to finish a first draft by Valentine's Day, then work on revising the draft up until the deadline. I may post the first draft once it's available. In fact, I'm thinking of creating a site just for this purpose. On Syntax of Things, I'll try to give you a semi-regular update of the status.
A number of people have stated their interest in the project. For those of you who want to be part of SoTShoStoWriMo, my pal Varg has designed a small banner for you to use on your site as a way of alerting folks. Please make sure to drop me a line. If I do create a site for posting my story, I'll be more than happy to let you put yours there also. In addition, if you have any comments about the writing or reading of short stories, send those along.
Finally, spread the word. Even if someone doesn't start today, the good thing about short story writing is that you can catch up in a relatively short amount of time.
I think that's it for now. Good luck and good writing!