Hello my friends! Long time no “blog,” eh? Well, I have some relevant and fairly exciting things to share with you.
Oh, 2017. To say I’m not very excited about this year is an understatement. Given the state of political affairs in this country, I feel as if the air has been sucked out of my lungs and I’m left gasping for breath like a dying fish in a drying creek bed. Lovely. However, it’s my belief that great turmoil begets great thought and my experience that melancholy is the true soul food for writers. So perhaps 2017 will be a productive year for me!
But I don’t want to ignore my artistic endeavors of 2016. Yes, another challenging year, but like I said, distress seems to spark something in me creatively. I conjured up not one, not two, but three new and different story ideas this past year. After quite a long dry spell, I’m pretty impressed with myself. One of these ideas I decided to explore and develop to the point where I believe I have something quite interesting on my hands.
So the big news is that I’m working on a new novel. What’s a writer without an unending and unfinished novel, am I right? But I really hope to get something done with this one. In fact, my goal for 2017 is to complete a first draft of this book. Ambitious, right? In effort to keep myself working and motivated, I’m telling everyone so you guys can hold me accountable.
“What’s the deal with your book?”
“Have you been writing?”
“How many pages?”
That’s what I want to hear. Seriously! I’m notoriously undermotivated so perhaps this approach will do something for me.
Also in 2016 I had the great pleasure of participating in “The Lab,” a writing workshop by Matthew Clark Davison in SF. Throughout the six classes, his writing prompts really expanded my thought bubble in terms of looking at my story from new angles. I found the workshop to be fruitful, exciting, and a bit intimidating, honestly. Each session of The Lab is different, so there’s a good chance I’ll be participating again this year. After all, we grow by challenging ourselves. (What a trite platitude, I know, but it’s still true!)
So all in all I’m pretty excited about my writing prospects for 2017. I’d like to share some of my thoughts along the way and hope you all will stay tuned and help keep me going. Fingers crossed!