Starting in August of 2017, I set a goal of writing 52 stories in 52 weeks (essentially one story a week).

I’m a cross-genre fanatic, especially with my writing. I dig westerns, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, horror, and historical fiction. Big fan of Homer’s epic poems, Stephen King’s chilling tales, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays.

When it comes to non-fiction, I love anything involving history, science, and philosophy. Biographies of amazing people kick ass, too.

And, most importantly, if you find me in a debilitated state on the side of the road, feed me donuts and I’ll be OK.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and the compliment Mark. I’m working on finishing up some pieces to throw up on Soundcloud soon, but I don’t have anything up at the moment. I checked out your Dark Lion site. Really good stuff and I love that you talk about my two favorite things – music and writing. I look forward to reading and learning more!

      1. Thank you for your kind words. I also read Inked, which I thought was very entertaining. Creativity is one of those exciting yet burdensome things. I’m glad for people with your passion for it.

  1. Hello! I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. To be honest I’m not entirely sure what it is, but you can read my latest blog post for details if you like. Anyway, I really enjoy your blog and your writing, so please carry on!

    1. Wow, first time for everything I guess. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the nomination and kind words. I’ll fill out the info in a post. I like your compromise rules better as well, so I’ll follow those.

      1. LOL! You deserve an award Phillip – that’s for sure πŸ™‚ I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me πŸ™‚

    1. Not bad at all! Only hits around 110 in August. πŸ™‚ Though I live closer to the coast now, so I’m probably not as hardened against the environment as I used to be. Nice to meet you as well, Professor, and thanks for stopping by. I checked out your blog and you seem like my kind of Professor.

  2. Patient? You’re a doctor, too? Wow. That must leave you with a chance of drawing a lot of story ideas from real life!

    And did you say you compose electronic music, too? Wow again! I’m not into music but I do know that when playing instruments, the player goes into a different world of music — same as we writers (Am I a writer? Not sure, though!) dive into our own little world when writing.

    You know both — you must be living a dreamy life!

  3. Hi, Phillip! I’ve nominated you for the coveted WordPress 5 in 1 Award. If you want to participate, you can read the rules here: Participation is not required. In fact, you might be upset that I’ve nominated you, but think of it this way: with the 5 in 1, you won’t be nominated for any of them ever again!

  4. Great blog! I wish I could find employment as a (lady) of elegant leisure! Good luck with your writing! (For a moment I was thinking of the Iliad, and then I realised, it was the other Homer!)

    1. Thank you M.C.! I think we can all find our way to employment as folks of elegant leisure. Openings are slim, but I keep applying anyway. πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by and watch out for that Homer (who may or may not bear some resemblance to the Iliadic Homer).

  5. Hi Phillip. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. We all start off writing horrible-terrible stories. It’s an important writerly rite of passage the first time you go back on read something you wrote and think, This is actually not bad! Good luck in pursuing that Elegant Leisure.

    1. Thank you D. James! Looking forward to following your journey, but too bad I found you just as you’re going on hiatus. πŸ˜‰ I know all about real-world intervention though, so best of luck getting through all that you need to there.

      1. So sorry about that. Murphy’s Law strikes =

        Thanks for the encouragement. Getting back into the swing of work life is a bit daunting (barely avoided 6 months out), but here’s hoping it all goes well =)

  6. Just found your site. Your series on Techniques of the Selling Writer is excellent. Homer doesn’t haunt me, but my dog Panda–may she rest in peace–wants to be a time-traveler in a fiction book for middle-grade readers. I’ve only written nonfiction, so I did NaNoWriMo one year and discovered a way to send, “the best dog ever,” time-traveling. She was/is a stubborn dog and won’t leave me alone about this. So, on a wing and a prayer, I’m working on it. Thanks for your articles–they are very helpful. Panda thanks you, too. To quote her, “WOOF!”

    1. Nice to meet you, Lynne! Lauren is so amazing. She’s put me in touch with so many fantastic artists like yourself. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

  7. Hi Phillip

    Just wanted to reach out and say hi. I have been following Dean Wesley Smith’s blog for some time now, and just saw a comment from you. I’m really impressed with your 52 short story challenge, and was thus β€œcompelled” to say hello. ?

    I took the plunge to start writing full-time in January 2018, and am anticipating a very exciting, and hopefully more sustainable 2019. I’m pleased I discovered your website at the end of this year, but can only wonder why it took me so long!

    I’m looking forward to catching up and learning more about your challenge!

    Best regards


    1. Hello Christoffer! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Very exciting to hear about your full-time commitment! Like Dean says, keep it fun and you will succeed. Are you taking on any particular project or challenge next year?

      1. I’m actually thinking about a short story challenge similar to your 1 story a month challenge, in addition to my writing projects. I’m still working out the “details”, and wondering just how feasible it is when I have other projects to think about. πŸ™‚

        1. Wow! I love the ambition! I’m working up to taking on that much work at one time. πŸ˜‰ I hope to hear more about your attempt!

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