As many of you know, my educational pursuits took a good chunk of my free time (as well as my sleeping time) this past year. Because of that, my muse became very irritated, packed her bags, and the bitch headed to Ireland, refusing to come back until I’d learned to manage my schedule a little better.
I basically just about burned myself out trying to juggle 886 things at once and last fall stepped back from everything for a few months to regroup, relax, learn to live a little, date some (oh my… the stories!), and contemplate where I was with life and where I’d like to go.
School starts up again next week, but this time, I’m taking a much more rational approach to the amount of coursework I’m taking on. I’ve devised a writing plan to make sure my creativity does not suffer from my studies, and, most importantly, I’ve joined a few social groups to make sure I remember to, you know, stop and smell the roses too.
I’m happy to report, Samantha (my muse), returned home just before the Holidays, and BOY has she been keeping me busy!! I’m currently in the process of rewriting and editing Ugly Beautiful, which I hope to have out by this summer, as well as toggling back and forth between two WIPs, Shit You Need to Read, which is a comedy about an unemployed, nearly middle-aged writer who struggles to find his way, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, a novel inspired by my very own boss, which follows the story of a successful lawyer who learns what it’s like to say goodbye to a 35-year career and hello to the last quarter of his life.
I am also working on FINALLY catching up on some reading and reviews that I owe so, so, so many wonderful writers who shared their magnificent words with me.
In celebration of this New Year, my anthology of short fiction and poetry is ON SALE for FREEEEEE until this Saturday. You can snag your copy here.
What are your plans for 2014?