For anyone who noticed my abrupt and prolonged absence, I sincerely apologize for dropping off the face of the Earth. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had thrown many seeds to the wind, hoping a few would catch and grow, and lots of them did and I was dealing with a wild garden.
Well, it morphed into a full-out jungle, and after a while I couldn’t even machete my way through. I thought I could push myself like I did when I was sixteen and cramming forty-hour days into twenty-four hour ones, but it turns out that when people say “I’m too old for this” there is some truth to the statement. I hadn’t thought I would say it in my late twenties, but evidentially I’m too old to whip myself into a frenzy like I used to. My body sent every form of message possible asking me to take a break, but I thought I would rest by reading, or listening to audio books, or watching movies (thinking that when I regained my full mental faculties I could review in retrospect) so finally I got my “All Right, That’s It!” signal when my body broke down with three simultaneous infections and I was forced to sleep for like four days.
So it turns out that there is a need to schedule Doing Nothing, and actually doing nothing in that time. I will endeavor to catch up with all the backlogged reviews, interviews, short stories, etc. but I’ve learned my lesson and am not making any promises.
I’ve almost wrapped up all the romance novels I was backlogged on, and my next project is all the outstanding reviews from Netgalley, E&K Family Book Review, and in-between, the interviews, travel pieces. and articles I have pending. There may be another flurry of activity coming soon.
Here are the reviews that were published since April:
“SWEETHEARTS IN BLOOM by Cher Green, Miranda Heart, Joy Brooks, Georgina Sellwood”, TRR, June 2013, (published online).
“BORDERLAND BRIDE by Samantha Holt”, TRR, June 2013, The Romance Reviews Top Pick, (published online).
“WIFE IN NAME ONLY by Hayson Manning”, TRR, June 2013, (published online).
“FATHER BY CHOICE by Amanda Berry, TRR, May 2013, (published online).
“THE KASHMIR SHAWL by Rosie Thomas”, TRR, May 2013, The Romance Reviews Top Pick, (published online).
I’ve written about thirty poems in the last few weeks- it became a form of oxygen and perspective to capture a moment in words. I have no idea if they’re any good, but they did their duty at the time.
I’m also working on my first romance novel. I’ve decided that instead of fretting endlessly over how I will make the best impact with my debut novel (and coming up with ten or twelve half-finished novels in the process), I’m combining all my favorite elements as a reader into one book, and I will eventually finish it and publish it and then I’ll be done with the whole Voodoo of having a “debut novel” and I can get on with writing and publishing the rest of my projects.
Some of the stories that come to me and that demand to be told have these dark elements to them, which I was unsure about. I didn’t want my “style” to become that of “bittersweet”. Then I discovered, on the flip side, that some of my stories have a natural humor and flippancy. So apparently worrying about my style is futile, since I can’t make sense of what and how things come to me, and attempting to box myself into a category is just driving me crazy. I therefore apologize in advance to any readers who are trying to determine what they can expect from me.
If I had to choose a word to describe my writing, I think I would like “sincere”, because then regardless of whether it was weird, funny, sweet, haunting, or slightly off-kilter, it would still be true to the original story–that original moment that needed to be expressed, regardless of where these things come from.
Thank you for bearing with me, and for your support through this fascinating process.