There's a lot going on. Not in society, since everything is closed down so that people can avoid catching a deadlier-than-usual cold that can apparently be warded off with copious amounts of toilet paper. But in my little world of writing, things are a-buzzin'! I'm pushing hard to get my debut novel's first draft completed. I'm finding it difficult due to some psychological shortcomings of my own. You see, I have this belief that finishing the book will lead to a change in my status quo. I'm not a huge fan of my status quo, but it is familiar. I'm probably wrong, and it won't really change much at all, but my brain has a mind of its own... which is a philosophical rabbit-hole that no one has time for.
Along with that, I've arranged to meet with a literary agent later this week to discuss the book. This is causing a great deal of anxiety because agent meetings are generally held after the book has been finished. As stated above, mine has not been completed. I would rather not anger an agent by wasting their time. However, I paid a nominal fee for this meeting, and I'd like to get the experience.
My first published short story was released last week, and I've been plastering the link everywhere I can think of... http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/blackpetalsissue80/id12.html See?
While all of this is going on, my ex-wife and I are trying to finalize our divorce and arrange for us both to move out of our residence. She's taking our children to go live in another state. I'm not fighting it, because I think it'll be good for the kids, but it does force me to deal with feelings of guilt that I'm abandoning them, and that I'm essentially turning into a deadbeat dad.
It's a busy time for me. I haven't added anything to this blog in several weeks, always intending to return to it soon. Now, I'm coming right out and owning up to the fact that it will likely be several more weeks before I come back to it. In the meantime, enjoy the short story linked above, follow me on twitter and facebook, and look forward to my news that my novel is done and ready to be revised and totally re-written. Remember, don't go near anyone. Either for your own peace of mind, or for theirs.