This day last year I found out that my first full length short story, 'Sins of The Father' was to be included in the short story anthology 'Vortex'. It's a story I am immensely proud of and as a few people know, it went on to win best in book making it even more precious in my eyes.
It's been an incredible year for me, and I finally feel like a writer due to a regular routine of about two hours in the morning six days a week. This was verified when a friend actually introduced me to a stranger saying, "This is David. He's a writer." I didn't know what to say.
Along the way I have met other incredible writers, some of whom I can actually call friends - although the chances of meeting them, due to geographical complexities, are remote.
I would like to thank Shawn Klimek, Steve Carr, Brandy Bonifas, L.T Waterson, Elizabeth Montague, and Patt O'Neil for help, patience and laughter that has gone above and beyond the normal Facebook interactions. Not that I don't have other writer friends, but I chatted with these chaps on things not always directly associated with writing (I'm still looking for tinned pumpkin, Patt).
Talking of Facebook, these groups have been essential to my growth 'The Inner Circle Writers' Group', 'Dastaan World' and 'Zombie Pirate Publishing Writers Group'.
I am not normally one who is impressed or worried by word count, I much prefer quality over quantity, but the mind does boggle when looking at the following.
In the year that has passed, I've had 35,000 words published in twelve stories of varying length. Another four and half thousand are due for release over the next few months in the form of drabbles and other short stories.
As I write this, Grant Hudson of Clarendon House is reading through my short story collection, 'The Magic of Deben Market' - 80,000 words over 33 stories.
And this doesn't count the thousands of words typed on half finished projects and as yet to be read material.
A couple of years ago I couldn't organise a shopping list, now I plan the events of imaginary people in imaginary worlds.
I am a writer!