Now that The Aeschylus is out the door and 2014 is in the rearview, it’s time to move on to new and exciting things. The end of the year always seems to be a productive time for my writer friends (many of whom do NaNoWriMo), and lo and behold, it was busy for me this year too. I have about half a dozen new short stories and a complete new novella, all of which I’m more or less figuring out what to do with, at least as far as publishing goes. One story will be out very soon, and hopefully more will follow later this year. At some point, I’d like to do a collection, but who knows if that’s in the cards.
I also think I’m finally in a good emotional place to start something big again. Like any novel, The Aeschylus was a huge endeavor, in part do to the crazy research it required, but mostly due to the fact that I can be slow, and it took a lot of hammering to get right. In a lot of ways, I think writing a novel is akin to fire building. It needs the right setting, the right kindling set-up, and the right spark of life. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to have it catch right off the bat, but usually, you’re rubbing shit together until the sun goes down and your hands are bleeding.
I have a new spark, I think. Time to hunker down and fan the flames.