This update will be pretty short. I’ve come down with a case of writer’s block. Life is busy as ever. I have two research papers to write before the end of the month. But when it comes time to write, my mind wanders. I can’t focus enough to make decent progress on any one thing. I’m still writing for The Odyssey and I’m slowly editing The Matter Bend. By the end of April, The Matter Bend should be out of editing; that’s the goal.
So far, March has been crazy. There’re never enough hours in the day. I found out a few weeks ago that my sonnet “T.W.” is going to be published in my university’s literary journal, Notations. I’m pretty excited about it! Also, as of late February, I’m a writer for the Murray State community on The Odyssey. I’ve written a few articles that you should check out: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/reasons-love-honors-college and https://www.theodysseyonline.com/thoughts-fire-alarm. The first one is serious, but the second one is more humorous.
While all of this has been going on, I’ve also been making slow progress editing The Matter Bend. Though I’ve been swamped with other responsibilities, I make time for editing at least once throughout the week. The plan is to finish this stage of editing by the middle of May. Fingers crossed!
It’s been a little while since I’ve written a writing update because I’ve been really busy reading a book a week for class. This week was a collection of Hemingway stories. If you like short, minimalist stories, I suggest reading him.
Another reason I haven’t updated in awhile is because I’ve shifted back to editing my novel The Matter Bend (for those of you who don’t know, my novel is about a girl who stumbles into an alternate dimension similar to our own). Editing is a necessary evil, but, with not much to report, it doesn’t lend itself to a very exciting update. By the end of this week, I’ll be halfway through the book (which means I’ll hopefully be done editing by the end of March). Fingers crossed!
Writing tip of the month: writers read. So if there are any alternate dimension stories that have blown you away, let me know!
I’m going to do one of these about once a month to keep you guys updated. I’m still working on Of the Same Soul, the fantasy romance about Elizabeth searching for her bestfriend, Arthur. I’ve recently developed a new character, Tabatha. She’s in the early works, but I’ve had her in my mind for awhile. The legend is that she lures people to her lair and steals their bodies. Elizabeth thought Tabatha was mythical, a story to scare kids into behaving. But Tabatha is very real.
What is the creepiest legend or story you’ve heard?
Yesterday, I thought it was Thursday, so now I’m writing one extra post this week. Yay! But it’s going to be a bit different, not a short story or a poem but a short update.
I’ve recently sent my young adult novel The Matter Bend (which is about a girl named Kylie who finds herself in the middle of an alternate universe in the middle of a rebellion) to beta readers, so once that gets back I will make the necessary changes and send it to publishing companies. While I wait for that, I’m editing my fantasy romance novel Of the Same Soul about a girl named Elizabeth whose village gets pillaged and her best friend/soulmate winds up missing. If either of those sound interesting or you would like me to post updates more often, please like and/or comment below.