and i am smoothing out venice due to some milan-related insights, just backtracking to better segue. it’s tiring but nice to feel like the chapters are really done for now, pending review and research and all that palaver.
hopefully done tomorrow, as it’s back to work on wednesday.
i have new year’s resolutions but i’m a little afraid to write them out. i had some for 2012 and they didn’t quite gel; more to the point 2012 felt difficult, a hard year. a lot of work being done for what might well turn out to be nothing; a lot of life frustrations as well that didn’t help my overall outlook.
but that’s the nature of the journey, right? you can only see to the next bend in the road.
so, for 2013:
-finish both talassio and the wolves. this should be fairly straightforward as they’re all blurted out on the page, it’s just a matter of shaping and tightening and whatnot.
-finish the queen of lakes, which needs a bit of structural overhaul that i’ve just been plain old avoiding. rose deserves better.
-start malcolm properly. that is long overdue.
-try a version of write 1 sub 1 that is, well, write 1. 1 new short a month. it’s the subbing that trips me up: i get impatient, i rush things, i don’t let the story stew as long as it needs to. 12 new drafts by the end of the year, good or bad, short or long.
i had wanted two more acceptances in 2012, but i had also upped the submission ante—after all, you’re supposed to start at the top, right? i had some nice personal responses, and if they pay off one day i may find that 2012 was a little less of a wash than it’s feeling right now.
but i did write new short fiction, for the first time in eight years:
the pursuit of the whole is called love
the queen of lakes
(yes, i’m on a bit of a latin kick still.)
and that, plus the unexpected arrival of talassio this fall, is something worth celebrating.