Hey cats and kitties.
My enthusiasm after coming off a morning of writing has cooled, having been back in the office for about an hour and a half, but what a glorious morning it was! I wrote the first draft of my Substance outline for Taos, read through all the comment posts that I’d gotten, and started the proof read and revise the Taos entry. I won’t be making substantial changes, but I have lots of ideas for them based on initial feedback and the outline.
I’m feeling pretty good. I just completed a rough draft of another novel, and I have definite goals for the moment that I’m reaching. I’m also excited about Substance again, after having taken a month off of it and seeing it with fresh eyes.
A few months ago, I was watching many people I know publish short stories and wishing I could be doing that. I have always enjoyed the longer form of the novel, but I have learned to work on short stories as well, and have gotten fairly good at writing them and getting the ones I’ve sent out accepted this year. Which is, by the way, why I don’t have many circulating at the moment. The two I’ve recently written fell right into their intended markets, leaving me only one to ship around.
I felt like I was spinning my wheels writing novels, and I wanted some immediate gratification. I would still like to have more out there circulating, but this, this post is about why I am buzzed about writing novels, and why I will probably devote my time to making the two longer drafts I have in progress better.
Hello. My name is Catherine and I’m a novelist.