Apology and Promise

I have been terribly neglectful, shamefully neglectful, of this blog.  I have no excuses.  Simply put, it has been the last thing on my mind, and I will endeavor to bring it to the forefront once more.  Lately, my writing life was centered around the novel that I’m working on.  It is a young adult novel that has its fits and starts.  Sometimes, the writing is so smooth and automatic that words tumble from me thousands at a time.  Once, I simply sat down to edit one inconsistent paragraph, yet somehow found myself finishing the chapter, and half the of the next chapter besides.  Sometimes, a simple scene meant to be one third of a chapter has blossomed into an entire chapter of its own.

I’m not complaining; the writing is brilliant when it works like that.  However, each of these chapters seems to be a child that I find under my care.  Sometimes, the children are wonderfully cooperative.  Sometimes, they rebel like teenagers.   Sometimes, they start as one, and end as the other.  There really is no rhyme or reason.

This book obsesses me with my need to complete it.  It is set in a world of my own creation.  The main character is a strong female lead; the kind of person I wanted to read about as a girl growing up.  I wanted the “damsel” not to be the one in distress, but the one in control.  I wanted to read about someone kicking butt and taking names, and not needing a strong male to help her when she broke a nail.  Xena opened my eyes to strong female role models, and I wanted more like that.  That’s why writing this world is so important to me.  It’s not that each woman is an Amazon and all the men are weaklings.  It’s simply a world where women and men can be equally as weak and strong as the next person.  Strength, intelligence, and ambition are not determined my gender.

Beyond that, I have several other writing plots on my brain.  One of them is Dark/Urban fantasy.  The other is a “during” apoc sci-fi.  Of course, the family history novel still hovers over my brain like a haunting fog.  I just don’t know, however, if I’m ready for the negative feelings that might be stirred up by that novel.

All of this is, of course, besides the point.  My next two posts will be reprints of articles written for Beyond Fiction for Ghost Appreciation Month.  I will endeavor to maintain my vow that I will have new content up on this site three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Keep me to my pledge!  With sharp, pointy sticks if necessary!

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