Hello there. It’s been a while since I’ve updated on my writing progress. Life sometimes gets in the way of your hopes, dreams, and even ambitions. I often find myself caught up in one thing or another, forcing me to set aside certain things for a while to chase after a new high. Writing, however, is the one thing I keep coming back to. So here’s a little update on that:
Progress on Deerstalker has been going strong. It is the main project I am focusing on (as well as Ultraviolent the comic and poetry books). I have done a lot of writing, editing, workshopping, researching, brainstorming, plotting, and more for this book over the past few years. This year has seen the most progress and I can start to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. You can see some references and tidbits about it on my tumblr. My problem is trying to get every scene perfect instead of just finishing the story. While workshops and writer’s groups have always been helpful to me, I’ve realized that constantly rewriting and editing my book won’t get it out into the world any faster than if I just kept writing it. I’ve also been doing a lot of research, as it is set in 17th-century Germany (don’t ask me how or why I chose that setting, it just came to me and has stuck). I want to be as true to the time period as I can within a fictional setting revolving around the supernatural. This involves asking questions like “What kind of technology did they have back then?” “What was life like for common and uncommon folk?” “Will historians be mad at me if this isn’t 100% accurate?” and so on. Needless to say, I’m getting there.
I’ve also been thinking, as I often do, about finally starting my own publishing company. I’ve done more research, learned about the process, and added lighter fluid to stoke the fires of my passion for this endeavor. I think I will get things started on that fairly soon, and hopefully publish Deerstalker as my first book–if I can ever finish it. Writing and publishing have been dreams of mine since I was young, but they never seemed attainable until recently. I think I am finally ready to take these next steps forward for my career and future.