A Brief Moment of Introspection

Hello there, friends!

Happy Sunday! I hope the weekend has treated you well. I’ve come back recently from a two-week vacation and have spent the weekend recharging and getting back into the groove of work. Life goes on, I suppose.

Anyway, I was feeling introspective this morning and wanted to write a little on here to kind of update you all on the goings-on in my life. There’s a lot of change on the way.

To start, I’ve been pitching that novella I mentioned a while back to some more literary magazines. I’m in an interesting place with it because of its word count. As it currently stands, it’s a little too long for some magazines and too short for others, so I’m working to strike a balance between these two worlds in order to find a home for it. It’s a newer piece for me and the current object of my immediate affection, but setting my “mother bear” protectiveness aside, I would go out on a limb to say that’s it is a genuinely good story. I’m excited to get it out into the world to share it with you all.

And speaking of getting things out into the world… I’ve started working on my next book!

At this stage, I think it’s far too early to talk about any of the specifics of the project in the way of plot or characters. I’ve only just begun the actual process of writing it, and I know that things are subject to change with it as time goes on. However, I will say that it is going to be drastically different from my previous novel. Rest assured that I am working on it and that my end goal is to get it out into the world a lot faster than I got Haywood Micaye out there (for those keeping score at home, start to finish Haywood took about four years).

I’m experimenting a little with my writing process this time around in an effort to improve myself as an author. Having written one book already, I know my tendencies and know at what parts I am likely to drag my feet. At the recommendation of some of my writer pals, I am reading a craft book or two and applying what I learn there to the project as a whole. Foundationally, I feel like I have a good start to this project, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

All things considered, this is something of a quiet period in my life as far as writing goes. I feel like I may have mentioned the metaphor in the past, but these times bring to mind Neil Gaiman’s comparison of writing being like throwing notes in bottles out into the ocean and waiting for a response. I feel like I’m doing a good job of keeping productive in the waiting time, but I still find myself checking my email box multiple times a day to see if I have received any good news. These things come in cycles. I just have to keep my gaze on the future and keep doing what I do best to get to my end goal.

Starting this next novel is a step in the right direction.

Until next time,


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