I feel like I have quite the pile of projects going on and I don’t do myself any favors when I start getting new story ideas. Even so, I still try to write these ideas down so I can return to them at a later time. I definitely stay busy with writing and blogging and it helps me to keep all of them on track by providing occasional updates in my blog posts.
I announced a few weeks back that I joined a writing group. We have had two meet ups so far and both were fun and successful. I’m already seeing the value in the group and hope it continues for years to come. I am sharing my book, So Speaks the Gallows, and implementing the group’s suggestions and critique as well as my beta reader comments. Everything called out seems to be character motivation related, clarity issues, or small gaps in the story. This is reassuring and makes me believe the story is strong, needing only minor tweaks here and there. Again, the goal is to query an agent or two sometime this year. Being July already, I can only hope I meet that goal.
I’m working on the newest Shoals to the Hallowed short story for the upcoming August newsletter and finding it to be an exploration of a genre I’ve not dabbled in before: horror. I risk bringing this up because those of you subscribed may read it and say, “that was horror?”. Well, it felt horrific as I wrote it. Hopefully, it captures the tone and mood I was aiming for. If I don’t nail that aspect of it, hopefully it was still enjoyable for the reader.
I am also trying to get my website updated. It’s about time I give it a facelift and hope to have that done soon with the help of my friend who helped me set up the website last year. If it goes to plan, it should not only look different but be easier to navigate through. Credit must be given to my wife also because she has an eye for what looks good in a website. Much of the changes will be coming based on her suggestions. Be on the lookout for that.
Comic Con San Diego is this weekend so hopefully we get news about Stranger Things Season 3. Again, I plan on re-watching and devoting a month of blog posts to Season 2 in preparation for the new season.
I hope you’re all staying cool wherever you are. This summer has been brutal to us desert rats so far. What I wouldn’t give for a week-long stretch of summer rain right now (minus the humidity).