I am without internet access at home again for awhile, hence the lack of updates here. Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening.
Mia just started the fourth grade, and she's loving it so far. She spent most of the summer here (her mom came to NC for their visit, rather than Mia going to Alabama), and I can discern a remarkable difference in Mia's temperament as a result. She's happier, more at ease, and more confident. It's really night and day from this time last year, and I'm suddenly very optimistic for her.
I've decided to take a new approach to writing, since the one I've been using resulted in a glacial production rate. I'm aiming for a daily wordcount -- something I've disdained for a long time. Nothing big; just 500 words a day. If I go over, great, but I have to hit that minimum. It's a small, easily achievable goal, and already I'm producing so much more. And, as ever, ideas beget ideas. I have more projects in the works or waiting for me to start them than I ever have in my life.
Here are some of them: I'm writing a story for a vampire anthology. I never thought I'd write a story about vampires, but once this opportunity arose an idea presented itself, and I've fallen in love with it. Even if I receive word that the anthology closes tomorrow, I'll finish this one. Now there's no way I can't not write it.
I'm writing a story -- one of many, I hope -- centered around a character named Jack Oleander, who appeared in the closing paragraphs of the short piece I wrote for The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases
. He owns a bookstore in the Appalachians, and when it closes for the winter he goes off on expeditions for unique volumes for his back room, available only to collectors with very specific needs and considerable wealth.
I've begun work on a long sword & sorcery tale, about the traditional brutal S&S protagonist -- but he's in his fifties now, his body is breaking down, and he's being forced to deal with the consequences of the brutal life he's lead until now. I get to show my love for Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber with this one, while hopefully turning things around and adding something new to the genre.
I'm working on a joint project with Dale Bailey about a marriage involving a ghoul. It's kind of a collaboration, I guess, though only in the loosest sense.
I'm writing a novel about a kidnapping, though I don't want to get into any detail at this point, except to say that it may not have any fantastical elements to it at all.
And I'm developing an online project, about a community on Mars. This will take a little while to develop, but if I can pull it off I think it's going to be something special. I'm bouncing some ideas around with a few friends who've offered their assistance, and I'm very excited by it. We'll see how it goes.
Anyway, this is just to show, for any who are interested, that work continues apace. More now than ever. The future is looking good.