Feels Like I’ve Been Gone Forever…

and I still get a lot of likes for my last post, the one about the novel about Luke I was doing on Tapas. Thank you all for your interest! Someday I would like to finish that story. Because of its historical elements, it requires a lot of research and needs rewriting. Some plot problems, especially ones a writer obtains by learning that what s/he planned for part of a story simply won’t fit into the particular historical setting, can take years to overcome. Indeed, sometimes they are never solved. For instance, I wrote that the vampire Thaddeus was staying at an inn. Then I learned that, oddly enough, there evidently¬†were no inns in the 18th Century American colonies and that visitors often had to crowd into the same beds with their hosts in their homes. Imagine the lack of privacy! Especially for a vampire incognito.

I would like you to know that I didn’t mean to abandon this blog and that I’m still working on the first novel of my AVS series. Yeah, yeah, taking forever, it seems, but the longer I take the better my writing gets and the better shape the story takes. It will be done–when it’s done! As I work–and just thinking is a good part of that work–I think about the other books in the series, and I write some scenes from them. In one of my two critique groups, I am to Chapter 30 of what I believe will be 35 chapters. I have a lot of rewriting to do and some research, and also a couple chapters to write for the first time. But I think that with all the time I’ve had to practice my craft and deepen the tale, I won’t have to rewrite those new chapters very many times.

I purposely withhold the titles of the books in my AVS series because I want that information confidential at this point, and because a publisher might change the names.

I am pursuing my dream to support myself by writing and editing. Right now, I’m struggling to birth a new website. I’ll let you know when it’s published. Hope you are well and safe and your needs are met. This strange time of worldwide upheaval is tragic to some and offers unexpected opportunity to others. Extra work for some, lack of work to others. Poverty to some, relief from poverty to others. And to some… too much time on their hands.

Oh, and the main reason I wanted to write now is this: I happened to discover quite a few comments from way back that I hadn’t noticed. I approved them all. They appear after some of my vampire interviews. I love being part of a community. Thank you for your feedback, and sorry you were neglected so long! I hope to be back with more about the writing process. Thank you all! You’re wonderful.