I know it's been a while since I've written a new post (and I'm sure you've all been dying to see what I've been up to in my life), but it's been for a good (okay, a decent) reason.
I enjoy updating the site with new posts, but I found that I was getting so obsessed with posting weekly or bi-weekly that it was preventing me from writing. So I decided to not put up another post until I finished the short story I was working on. And that ended up being about 18,000 words in length, so it became a little more than a short story.
Still, I'm excited to have finished it. I'm going to try to not think about it for the next two weeks, then do an edit and second draft. After that, I'll probably post the whole thing here for a little while, and then I might try to get it published.
In the meantime, my friend, whom I've mentioned earlier, is painstakingly working through my first novel, editing it and writing out helpful hints. It's a huge favor, and I'm indebted to her for it. So I'm not going to be thinking about that either, until she gets through it.
So now I'm planning on starting a new novel. I've been thinking about the plot for a while now, and I'm excited because I think it's going to be in first person (which I don't normally like as much, but I think it will work well), and it's not going to be Sci-Fi or Fantasy—just straight fiction. It'll be interesting, and I think I'll be a better writer after writing it!
If you want some eye-candy, and if what you consider eye-candy is night photography, here's a photo I made by stitching together 99 star pictures I took in October while camping in Minnesota.