I feel like for some time now, blogging has become a series of sad, apologetic updates from me to you wherein I explain why I'm not writing very much. The answer to that, currently, is that I've been busy writing. No, really!
I spent all winter writing. There was a lot of other stuff going on, too, that I may or may not share at a later date (oooh! cryptic!) but I was mostly writing. In late March, I finished the first draft of my novel, after about six months of intense work. It was awesome, and also terrifying, to hand that draft over to six of my trusted friends and let them read and critique it. I'd actually say it was more awesome than terrifying, which is a testament to how smart and savvy these people are. For the two-ish months they were reading, I took a break. A much-needed break. I used the time to flesh out ideas for future projects, read a lot of books (turns out you don't read much when you're writing every day), catch up on months of television (STILL behind, never going to dig myself out of that hole), go on vacation (PARIS!) and knit and spin a little (o, hai, forgotten hobbies).
And now I'm back to the grind on draft two. Which is turning out to be harder than I thought, but I am determined not to give up, no matter how much query letters and pitching terrify me. My goal is to have draft two completed in September so that I can share it with readers (wanna be on that list? let's chat) and then I can *gulp* start the shopping process. Idon'twannathinkaboutthatpart, kthanks.
Along with finishing a novel and trying to sell it, I have some loose plans in the works to revamp/reinvent my blog, which means that I have to, you know, WRITE. I'll see what I can do about being more dedicated to that part. One thing I've learned in the past year - if you actually want to be a writer, and write books, you basically have no time for anything else. So thanks to everyone who is putting up with me during this process. It's a pretty crazy ride, but I'm really hopeful it's going to be worth it in the end. Getting my work published is my life-long dream. I'm really trying to make it into a reality. But with the changes to my blog, expect a new look and feel, some more focus and possibly even a new name/home on the web.
Lots more to come - I hope I've still got a few readers out there, and maybe you'll keep up with me and pass me along to your friends!