I haven’t written a post since November, but because February is the shortest month, I have three blog posts in the pipeline that I’ll be publishing the next few days.
First, a revision update: I’m still working on typing in my handwritten scenes for Deviants, cursing my abysmal handwriting as I go. I’m starting to call it “Draft 2.0” because it’s so radically different from my original first draft that it’s practically a new novel.
After I finish that, I still have Amazon’s Apprentice to revise, which should be much easier, and then I have a few concrete ideas with detailed preliminary workups that I’ll take up next. I still have a few scenes that I started on a fantasy with a scrappy female lead, two handsome young men, a mysterious woman warrior, lots of queerness, and dragons (there must be dragons). Then there’s a story featuring an all-female space colony (not as far-fetched as one might think…), and a story set in the same world as Deviants, but in an earlier time, dealing with how the world ended up with most people living in VR with a few scattered groups roaming around outside. But first I want to finish my revisions and get them out there.
On the more personal side of things, one of my other projects since last year has been working on my health. This project is coming along somewhat faster than my writing, and I’ve lost around 40 kg since I started (almost 90 pounds), which is…quite a lot, when I think about it. I have no secrets for anyone, it just takes a lot of work and time, tracking everything I eat and working out a lot. It interferes with my writing time, especially since it’s becoming harder and harder to sit down for too long, but I wanted to live long enough to publish something, so what can you do?
One thing that helped is finally coming to terms with who I am. It’s unfortunate that, like many in my generation, it took reaching my mid-life crisis to figure this stuff out, which brings me to first upcoming post I mentioned, “A Gen X Ode to Millennials” which is a shout-out to all of the Millennials who have helped teach this old dog some new tricks.
Last but not least, in honor of Black History Month I’ll have a post about African and Black writers, and how they have helped me to recognize and combat my own bias.