Please tell me about your work in progress: the title, blurb, cover, and where you are in the process of writing it.
I have one talk/reading scheduled for Abraham Lincoln for the Defense on Valentine’s Day. It was published in 2003, and I am down to the last few author copies of the paperback first edition. I am considering self-publishing a second edition because I still sell a few copies from time to time. It is available on Smashwords, Amazon and Kindle.
I am also working on an untitled novel trying to do more planning than “pantsing.”The hero is a psychologist working in a small town, which I know something about but which has never interested me enough to devote the years it can take me to write a novel. I may have a new take. I’m trying to use Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Hart as guides.
How many hours per week do you work at writing?
At present, I had a cataract removed from one eye so I cannot read for more than a few minutes without getting a headache. I can barely type; I close one eye or the other and make lots of mistakes. So I am not able to write much at the moment.(You should have seen the first few drafts of this blog.)
What are your aspirations for your work?
I want to continue to publish work I’m proud to have written. I want to entertain and to express my opinions and values through my work. I may never have a “major” publisher. I haven’t been required to write a novel per year and I honestly don’t know if I could.
Where do you want to be a year from now in terms of your writing?
My immediate goal is to get surgery on my other eye so I can work. My general goal is to continue to write and publish and gradually build up a “presence” in the writing and reading community. I don’t have a particular writing goal for the calendar year.
When I was in New Zealand for four months, where the phone did not ring, and I had few social responsibilities, I was able to sit at the computer and make mistakes, try again, make different mistakes, try again, make new mistakes and repeat the process getting closer and closer to what I wanted to achieve. I need to develop a different rhythm now that I’m home, and I would like to accomplish that as soon as possible.