As the seasons inch away from the Summer Solstice, I'm finding it more difficult to get up and write. It appears that the sunlight drives my productivity more than I thought. Also, this last week I've been staying up later than I should. The early morning writing has paid off, though; I managed to win the Penn Cove Literary Arts Award for June with a brand new flash fiction piece.
I'll have to invoke the spirits of Jay Lake, Chris Hadfield, and other industrious souls. Also, I need to get fresh batteries into the LED candle that turns itself on at 4:55 am.
The award came at a good time, and has been a nice boost to writing moral. What seems crazy to me is that with this single sale, a setting has tripped and Duotrope is automatically congratulating me for my high sales rate. I don't know if that means that folks who have been professionally writing longer than I have (and presumably have better sales) aren't using Duotrope or if a lot of folks don't place stories.