- Seasonal depression is a real bear. I haven’t been able to make myself write posts, beyond the monthly booklogs. Fortunately, I have been able to keep writing and working on various projects.
- This has included several short stories, both new ones and revising older ones for submission somewhere new. No sales recently, but the writing has been chugging along, which is good.
- I’m especially proud of the progress I’ve made on the mystery novel draft. In fact, I was able to prepare a sample from the draft, as well as associated documents, for Carina Press’s open call for unfinished manuscripts. I submitted the first 10k of the currently-38k draft. I’ve received helpful feedback from first readers on the draft and hope to complete the full draft manuscript by the end of the year.
- I also have notes and some tentative first pages on a post-modernday-civilization novel that’s sort of fantasy, sort of not. Writing something weird and difficult to classify feels comfortable right now.
- So much reading, so many wonderful books, and I always want more.
So my brain is still open, still working, still writing, even if for some reason blog posts aren’t what it wants to do. I’ll take it; better this way than vice versa.
I have a few more short-story submissions planned for the next month, and some rough plans for next year’s writing goals. More on those soon. But I’m pretty pleased with my 2018 overall.