In all this time, I haven’t gone four weeks without a post, but I think my absence was well deserved. It has been eight weeks since I started rewriting Circling to better match my second novel, Forever Falling, in tone and POV. I just finished, right now, this very minute, and it was really difficult. Here I sit, typing through tears, in Starbucks.
Tears for me are a very rare occurrence. As a person, I lean more toward stabby than teary. A character flaw that probably comes from my ties to Slytherin and it is sure to get me through the zombie apocalypse. bUT THIS FEELING IS SO OVERWHELMING. (oDDLY i JUST WENT INTO CAPS LOCK- i LIKE IT).
Writing is fascinating. That initial concept that leads to the pure flood of unstoppable inspiration, the outpouring that is the first draft, it is nothing short of magic. It is a drug like none other, and I’ve tried a few. Then as it all develops, the fine tuning is like adding love to passion. Story develops and characters become real, setting becomes something that can be seen, felt, tasted, heard, inhaled. It is pure beauty for a writer. This tree, Angel Oak, outside of Charlerton, SC, is where is all began for me. I’ll love that tree forever.
But still there is more and more detail. Then the details need examination and that examination needs fine tuning, too. It becomes a cycle, I have felt this sense of Circling if you will. It became difficult these last eight weeks. Vices became more important. That low level of depression and frustration had taken hold, making everything more difficult. Now I think I can let it go. The relief is enormous.
I’m looking for a copy edit, NOT a content edit. If you have a recommendation, please use the contact page and send me an email. I want to have Circling and Forever Falling both edited and available to the public by mid-February.
I am shocked but the support of family, friends, coworkers and complete strangers on Twitter. I don’t know how anyone would ever get through this alone. Everyone reading this, know that I am so thankful for you. I am also so grateful for music. Music is my healthiest addiction. I know absolutely that these headphone have saved my life. Hours and hours of listening, to calm me, inspire me, soothe me, keep me awake, put me to sleep. My god I love music. The photo above is the Black Keys in Baltimore a few weeks ago. I haven’t seen Mumford & Sons yet, but they sort of wrote Circling with me. I’ll leave you with a song that makes and breaks my heart, all at once.