My summer begins today. It will be a summer filled with reading and writing, as I've intended to do for a few years now. I apologize for last week's poor flash fiction piece. I didn't start it until very late in the day and didn't have time to redo the story. This week's story should be much better. I've actually spent a little bit of time outlining, so I'll sort of know what I'm doing. Speaking of outlining, this week I will be working on the outline for my novel and beginning the first chapter. I am going to attempt to complete the first 50,000 words this summer. Hopefully I'll do better on this try than I did in my novel's first form that I began four years ago. I'm changing the plot a good bit, which should strengthen the whole thing. The outline should help a lot too. Surviving the first break in action will be the toughest part. I think having read The Eye of the World this time around will make it easier, as Robert Jordan was a master of epic fantasy (which I'm writing) and writing the tough parts (i.e. going from one relatively boring place to another while making it somehow exciting). I will also be completing my short story WIPs over the summer. I'll keep anyone reading posted about how everything goes.