Greetings and salutations.
I know it's been while. I am in the midst of an epic level funk that I cannot explain. It could be the level up in commitment I've taken in my classroom since returning from my hip surgery. It could be the fact that I had a slight dust up concerning what was going on in my writing career that has transformed into something very, very positive. It could be the thousands of personal things happening in my life beyond my writing and teaching that I'll never talk about here on this blog. It could be the 7 pound bundle of joy that arrived on February 18th, 2013 or it could be that I'm not coping well with having turned 40 on February 25th. I'm not quite sure, though I think a combination of things might be it. Anyway, I'm starting to feel like the funk is rising. Report card grades are uploaded and the school year is burning away quick than I'd like, but I want to get back to blogging regularly about my writing. Let me talk about that first.
I think one of the things that has been gumming up my works, so to speak, has been my indecision on what new project I'd like to work on. I had a few good ideas that the Inner Circle liked but they didn't exactly pan out based on discussion with my agent. In January I finished a very substantial rewrite of SISTERS OF KHODA (more on that in a minute) and I needed to get into a new project that wasn't like it. I sort of wanted to work in a more contemporary setting as opposed to the fantasy I love, but the project I had in mind sounded too much like other things that were coming out, so it might be crowded out. I really, really liked the idea and haven't completely abandoned it. Maybe when I establish myself, I can revisit it. The project that got the most interest started big and bloated, got pared down and then backburnered for the time being. I started plotting it then had a conversation with my agent about many, many things, including where we stand, what's next and another rewrite of SISTERS (which I will talk about in another blog entry).
I decided to step away from the big projects for a while. So no new project (that I was projecting between 100-120k), no rewrite of SISTERS. We (my agent and I) decided to concentrate on some smaller projects. I have two ideas for novellas based in the world of SEASONS OF DESTINY that I think we are going to self publish (I know, I know). I'm also going to try my hand of some short stories and novellas in the world of SISTERS for the purpose of world building...wait, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. That's for another blog entry.
Funny...I wanted to talk about maps in this blog entry. Next blog entry I guess.