Yes, yes, I’m up!

I’m still here, I’m still alive…

Things have been a little crazy. I’ve been branching out a little, trying some new things, mostly relating to artwork. I’ve been re-working a short story that I wrote a few years ago, tightening it up a bit, getting it ready to go out into the wide world. I submitted a tiny piece to a contest. I’ve also come across a novel I wrote about 7 years ago that suddenly doesn’t seem too bad. I wrote it not ever planning on publishing it; it was a practice run. But as I read through it, I realize that although it definitely needs a ton of work, the story line and the themes are actually quite good. And it is not something that has been written/published to death. It seems to be a pretty fresh idea. So I’m pretty excited to be looking at it again. It has a beginning, middle, and end, but is only about two-thirds the length it needs to be. There are some scenes missing, and others that need to be completely re-thought.

My Roman novel stalled a bit. I am still enjoying the story, but I’m still not positive about the execution. Something about messing with historical characters so much makes me feel a little funky. I’m finding that historical fiction has a different flair to it than fantasy, and I’m not having that sense of wonder that I am used to in my other stories. I fear that I’m doing something wrong. Yes, people who read bits of the story enjoy it, they say they are “transported,” but I think the problem lies more with what I want them to feel. Magic. Sure, ancient Rome can be magical, and when I write it, I can definitely feel the magic. But I do like the sort of adventure writing and reading fantasy brings me. I think perhaps it might be because Spring is so TANTALIZINGLY near, I need some fresh air. I need to work on something a bit different for a little while, and then I’ll return to Rome. I seem to run in cycles like that. Which doesn’t work for some people, but it does for me, so I’ll just run with it.

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One thought on “Yes, yes, I’m up!

  1. It's great that you're able to know when to take a step back instead of just plugging ahead for the wrong reasons! What kind of artwork?So ready for some nice…

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