Hello, friends! Long time no post. It’s not that I haven’t been writing….I have. I have been experimenting with some new forms of work, largely some older young adult novels, which are super gratifying because the readers are deeply enthusiastic.
But I’ve been working in fits and starts on a book that I’ve finally had to admit is just not going to become what I want it to be. At least not at the moment. I rarely ever give up on a book completely, but this one isn’t working right now and rather than continuing to fight with it, I’ve set it aside. This was not an easy decision. I love the characters and a lot about the book, and I hope to one day figure out how to bring it to fruition.
I made the decision in the early fall, then spent quite a bit of time on the road, teaching and retreating with friends. The vistas of autumn trees in the east, and the shimmering waters of Lake Tahoe in the west, and a couple of nights in a storied hotel room in LA gave me space to think, brew, allow other ideas, which I’ve been pushing aside, to audition.
The result is something new, exciting, fresh, and I’m having a ball. More later.