New year. New determination.
I am writing.
I am editing.
Runner will be published by the end of the year.
The last three years have been a wild roller coaster ride. Every time I’ve thought I had control of my life again, or at least some semblance of it, some new challenge rose, frequently flanked by a couple old ones.
But everything feels different now.
My medical and family issues have slowly resolved, finally allowing my creative self to unfurl her wings and climb out from the protective cocoon in which she’s been hiding.
And it feels so glorious to stretch those wings.
My edit of Runner has morphed into a complete re-write of the first section, something that I hadn’t anticipated.
But it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s a great thing, and as it turned out, was absolutely necessary.
Runner‘s opening scene – about 20,000 words – hit the page in 2009, right after I completed the first draft of Watcher. It slowly evolved, 20,000-40,000 words at a time, until the initial draft was complete in late 2013.
Once the final chapter was done, it was time to turn my attention to an early chapter which I had purposely skipped. Medical research was needed to complete it, but that turned out to be much more difficult than I realized. I finally met an ER nurse who gave me a crash course in ER procedures (thank you, Janeane) and made me painfully aware that the scenes leading up to that chapter were completely unrealistic and needed major revision. Further discussions with my sister-in-law, a surgical nurse instructor, helped me fine-tune the scenes and keep them as medically accurate as possible.
And so the re-write began.
But like I said before, that was absolutely necessary. And not just because some of the details were wrong.
The writing was, well, not that great. I wrote those initial chapters five to seven years ago, and in the intervening years, something cool happened.
My writing improved. A lot.
And the first section of Runner is so much better now. There’s a maturity to the writing that even I can see, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to write this story the right way BEFORE it’s published.
So for those of you who’ve been wondering if you’d ever see Watcher‘s sequel, believe me when I tell you this:
It will be well worth the wait.
And so I slowly step back into the writing world.
I was recently accepted as a featured author at the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca on October 8th. And next week, I’ll be helping the San Francisco chapter of the Horror Writers Association with their booth at the Bay Area Book Festival.
And in July?
I’m traveling to Romania for an 11-day tour of the country as research for Seeker, my third book in the Chosen series. I’ll post more on that later.
Several weeks ago, I attended StokerCon, the Horror Writers Association convention and awards. I hugged writer friends I haven’t seen in three years, and made some great new ones. The workshops re-energized me, but it was being back in the presence of so much wonderful creativity that really strengthened my determination to finish my current projects and start new ones. That, and the belief in me and my writing that my close friends and family have, is giving me the drive and the energy to pursue my passion and my dream of someday being able to do this full-time.
Because I have so many wonderful stories to tell.