I’m still alive. The holidays just about ate me, and I’ve had a few things come up that kept me from making any noticable progress. But I persevere!
The first thing is Alpha Female. I’m almost done with the current pass. I have a few new scenes to write, and do another overall edit for things I might have missed, and after that, I’m calling it done. Going to see if I can get it beta’ed. It’s been slow going for the most part. I haven’t really been focused as of late. I don’t really know why, just that I’m getting tired of looking at this story. But I promised myself I wouldn’t set it aside to languish after spending all these months hammering away at it. So I gotta hang in there, and get it done.
Without Wings, my 2nd chapbook for Turtleduck Press, is almost ready for the approval process. It’s due on Feb 1st. I’ve done a few edits and it looks good, so I’ll need another pass to make doubly sure — and to add the acknowledgements and such. Very exciting. I was hoping to have some new poems written for it, but that just hasn’t happened. I just haven’t been in the poetry mindset. I’m hoping I can write more in the future, though, because I want to get back into it.
And finally, my surgery is happening Feb. 2nd and I anticipate being laid up and doped up for a week, so I have no idea if I’ll be able to get any serious writing done. We’ll have to see how I’m feeling. I want to use this time wisely, but if I’m not feeling it, it’s okay. I remember when I had surgery to remove some hardware from my jaw — the pain meds made me so dizzy that I couldn’t sit at the computer to save my life, so I dictated a scene to a microcassette (this was in 2004). It was weird, but it worked (and it pre-dated my first serious foray into voice recognition software). That’s how desperate I was to get something done. Dunno. We’ll have to see.
Future projects are Pirouette and Darkweaver, in that order. That’s another reason to get Alpha Female done and gone. So I can move on. I want to move on. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start Pirouette sometime after my surgery.
So that’s what’s going on. I had a recent career development that I can’t get into at the moment, but it is a good one, so cross your fingers that it comes through.