I haven’t done an update post in a while, have I?
My current novel in progress, Shadow of Blood, is going well. I’m writing daily on it now. Some days I just manage about 250 – 300 words, other days I break 1k. I wish I could say it was me, but really, I’m in the forward momentum phase of the book and all kinds of proverbial sh** is hitting the fan. It’s wonderfully fun to write. I even came to a part that really screws my MC over and I’m drooling over it, waiting for him to tell me how he’s going to get out of it. I haven’t written that part yet, so the writing hasn’t stopped.
I’ve got five short stories on the brain. The first is a ghost story I’m writing, just started it last week on inspiration, based on a story I made up with my daughter. I need to work out the part before the ending, to give the ending some oomph. I’m also still working on Conduit, a story I started in May. I’m trying to figure out the details of the story, which is why I haven’t pressed it harder. Some stories need more time to figure out.
My other three stories are revisions. One is a flash fiction I think is just about ready to go into submissions. I’m letting it sit for a few days before I reread and submit it. The other story is one I’d written back in December but just couldn’t get myself to revise for an anthology deadline. The ending rocks, the middle rocks. I just need to work out an appropirate beginning that ties in the ending without making the beginning seem like backstory… and the final revision is a quick check of a flash I’ve been submitting. Something about it bothering me, and I think I finally realized the ending has fallen flat.
Yes, I’m busy. And I’ve mostly given up my workouts for writing time. That I need to figure out too, but when the writing is coming easily, I don’t want to turn it off.
And a funny note. I’m a creature of habit, which I’m sure shocks you speechless. Well, there’s one particular table I prefer at my library. No, I don’t get bent out of shape if it isn’t available, I just like this spot. The air flow is nice, foot traffic isn’t distracting, and neither is the computer traffic. There’s a view of the grassy couryard which also lets in the sunshine. I dropped my pen today and as I was bending down to pick it up, I noticed the contents of the reference shelf behind me…..