It is 2018, y’all! Boy, this year is flying by.
I don’t know about anyone else, but we are only four(ish) months in and already this year is shaping up to be one of the most eventful of my life. I have a number of projects in the works and now, more than ever, my life has become a complete whirlwind. It’s exciting, exhilarating and everything in-between, but it’s easy for life to get lost in the shuffle.
That being the case, I thought this would be a good time to check in and let you guys know what’s going on with me. I’ve had so many questions from friends and followers about what I’m working on and when my next books are coming out, so what better time to update everyone than now?
My main focus this year has been growing my own writing business. As anyone that follows me will know, I’ve begun offering writing services for new writers. These services include chapter-by-chapter critiques, full manuscript critiques and query letter help. The business has taken off, and I’m juggling a collection of talented writers who I am so proud to be able to help. Their stories range everywhere from the most macabre horror to epic fantasy, and to see them working toward their dreams is truly a rewarding thing to be a part of.
As for my own writing? It’s never been better.
I was lucky enough to be selected for a very exciting ghostwriting project which will consume a lot of my time, but its completely altered my writing game. I’m learning how to craft better stories, work more efficiently and most importantly — meet deadlines. The team working on the book is great and doing a lot for my confidence as a writer. It’s one of those things that I was lucky enough to fall into…story of my life.
I’m not just working on a super luxe ghostwriting project, though. I’m also working through a creative writing specialization from Wesleyan University and plugging along on my own personal works of poetry, prose and fiction. My Anne Boleyn novel is moving ahead well, with more than 87k words cut from it, and a whole new spin added to the story that has never been done in an Anne Boleyn story (or any Tudor story, for that matter) before.
On top of the Anne Boleyn novel, I’ve been diligently working on my poetry. In the last two weeks, I’ve crafted some of the most powerful poetry I have ever written. After the death of my mother last year, the writer’s block was strong with me; but now, at long last, it seems that I’m getting back on my feet once more. The words are just coming to me — lovingly, unbidden. It’s like a story that Elizabeth Gilbert tells in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The one about “catching the tiger’s tail”. The poetry has been coming at me hard and fast, like some kind of mythical lightening, just begging be to grab on. It’s been great, but it’s also been scary. Powerful things can lead you to powerful places.
Since I’ve been so busy, I’ve put two of my independent releases on the back-burner — Letters to Antigone and Demon Age — so that I can focus on the direction my career is currently taking. In a couple of weeks, I will once more begin querying my Anne Boleyn novel, The Pieces In-Between: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, and each week I send out a slew of poetry submissions to lovely and encouraging editors. Between those commitments, my commitment to my own line of writing services and the demands of my new ghostwriting project, life certainly is getting exciting!
I think that pretty much covers it for me. What about you?
I hope you’re all having a happy, healthy and productive 2018. May the winds be ever in your favor and may you accomplish all those things this year that you thought you could not.