In 1996 I co-founded the Blackwood Writers Group, a anthology of dedicated SF writers, most of whom are now successful in their own write and instrumental in my early success. One BWG member, with a little help from his friends went into publishing. I co-edited a couple and designed a few of the covers.
Then an Honorable mention for my first submission to L. Ron Hubbard's Writer's of the Future Contest went to my head and I decided it was time to write that novel.
The novel became a trilogy (The Restoration Legends) that over a couple of decades took over the writing. Now the first draft is finished I'm trying to edit it as a unit, a scene at time. Yes I have rocks in my head.
Last year, post trilogy I went back to writing and submitting short stories to L. Ron Hubbard's Writer's of the Future Contest. Again my first submission in the new millenium, exactly 20 years to the quarter after my first submision in the last, earned an Honourable Mention. I can now add few more HM's and a Semi-Finalist certificate to my awards