A New Long Term Project

I want to introduce something I began working on this week and that I hope will occupy my time for at least the next six months. This project is a series of personal essays and I will be publishing excerpts here on this blog, hopefully on a regular basis.

I am envisioning the end result to be about one hundred personal essays of about 1200 words each. I do have a title in mind already but I’m going to hold off on publicizing that. I am still working on my cozy mystery novels so will actually have two projects going at the same time. It’s nice to be able to breakaway from memory-dumping and self-actualization to some good old-fashioned light-hearted murder mystery shenanigans.

I won’t be posting any of the really raw stuff here. You’ll have to buy the book to get the real dirt. But I will try to make the bits and pieces I do post here of the highest quality. When one decides to take pieces of a writing project and publish on a blog, it becomes real really fast. You can’t change your mind or continue editing. Well, you can but you know what I mean.

I tried to start a memoir almost two years ago but just couldn’t get through more than a couple chapters. I still had some emotional stuff to work out and I didn’t have a real direction. With the personal essay format, I’m hoping that things will come together with more cohesion than previously. I think this will be more in tune with my ADHD tendencies and my writing style, which is more pantster than planner.

And just for fun, this week I started a free online course at Coursera called Writing a Personal Essay from Wesleyan University. Join me! The first assignment isn’t due until November 30.

Author update June 2020

I realized, upon checking stats, that I haven’t posted here since April. So what’s new with me?

My logo says “traveler” and that hasn’t been happening at all this year. I moved in to my current RV spot last December and I won’t be pulling out until the end of July. So, that being the case, I’ve been focusing my free time on indoor pursuits like writing and crocheting.

I got my first haircut since last year a week ago and my first pedicure since March a few days before that. I ordered new glasses online with the same prescription from last year because I didn’t feel I needed a change.

I published #2 in my cozy mystery series in April and I’m about 10,000 words in to #3 in the series. I haven’t done any advertising because I’m waiting until I finish #3. At that time, my goal is to package all three into one book. If you have any suggestions for promoting, please feel free to contact me. I publish on KDP which doesn’t allow cross publishing so I will have to make some decisions when the time comes. One thought is to start sending my manuscript, once completed, out to publishers. But then you do play the waiting game.

I am keeping my writing self busy with 4 blogs. I try to add stuff at least monthly. Here are the links.

I hope this finds everyone still healthy and sane. Don’t get cabin fever but don’t take chances either. Until next time.