Sunday, October 25, 2009

Newer project

I haven’t quite got the novella rewrite off the ground yet.  It’s one of those things where I’ll sit at the computer with the file open for several hours but will mysteriously fail to accomplish anything.  I think it’s mostly an issue of not being able to get my imagination really into the story, so I’ll probably give up my plan to rewrite it without looking at the original first.

I’m also working on a new short story idea, something that occurred to me a few days ago.  It’s pretty bare-bones and needs some creative development before I can start really writing it; I’m hoping to switch back and forth between the new idea and the rewrite, concentrating on whichever seems to be working best at the time.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New project

I’m writing again.  Well, more or less.  I haven’t got back up to full speed, but that’s not unexpected with a new project.  Actually it’s something of an old project -- I’ve started rewriting a novella I wrote about six years ago.  This is my second attempt at rewriting/revising it (the last attempt didn’t get anywhere).  I expect it to end up as a short story, rather than a novella--which would probably be a good thing, since I have the impression that novellas are particularly difficult to sell.

This one’s being rewritten from scratch, in the sense that I’m writing a new version without even looking at the old one.  Right now I’m working on the beginning, and realizing I may not have a strong enough idea of the setting.

Okay, technically right now what I’m doing is writing a blog post, obviously, and trying to stay awake (I’ve just made coffee).  But you get the idea.

Also, I seem to be over the flu.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cough, cough, cough

Since last post I did in fact begin cleaning my studio (with partial success).  But then I was slowed down somewhat by catching a cold (second one in the last two months).  Then I spent a few days in Ohio for Franciscan University’s Alumni Weekend.  No sooner had I returned home, however, than I came down with the flu.  Which I still have.

So.  Progress on pretty much everything has ground to a halt, and will no doubt stay that way until sometime next week.