I think I have the hyperventilation under control. My panic has subsided. The future still looks grim and uncertain, but I have a better grasp on Our Current Situation. At least, how things came to be this way. I’m still all out of solutions.
However, re-posting links has become tedious instead of educational, so I’m stopping.
For the next four months I’m turning my attention to writing. Here are the goals for this blog for this summer —
-A record of all the books I’m reading in 2017;
-Tracking the word count on the novel-in-progress (see Writing Project Progress in the right-hand column);
-Linking to author interviews, short stories, reviews, and stuff about the craft of writing;
-Regularly posting short-short stories, flash fiction, prose poetry, and other odds and ends I compose as exercises;
-Updates on my New Year’s Resolution of staying in tune with the moon;
-Posting whatever the hell else catches my attention or motivates me to write something.
“For me, if the novel’s real, then it’s always fast. If it’s slow, then that means I’m having to force it, that it’s not happening on its own, and, man, writing, it shouldn’t be work, should it? It’s playing with dragons. It’s not mowing the lawn. It’s hiding from the world. Let’s keep it fun, I say. Let’s make it an escape. I’ll build my fort, you build yours, and tomorrow we can trade.”
So. For the next few months I’m building forts, playing with words, and having fun.
Moonlight landscape with Hadleigh Church by John Constable after Rubens 1796
Oil on Canvas