Still Alive. Still Kicking. Still Writing.

It’s amazing how much of my life is motivated by guilt. When I’m not writing, I feel guilty for not doing so. Then when I start writing, I usually get obsessive about it, and I neglect something else, like getting ready for classes, which start here in four weeks, which makes me feel guilty again. And then there’s this blog. I enjoy sharing my life and my continual journey with writing with all y’all, but sometimes it’s another guilt trip as well.

Well, this is just a quick drop in to let you know I haven’t croaked yet. I’m still around, and believe it or not, I’m still writing. It’s been a rough summer for writing projects. I started off the summer overly ambitious with my goals–as usual–and eventually learned those had to be tempered by reality. My living conditions have changed, and my chosen writing project is a little more complex than usual, so that’s slowed me down some. I had a hard time getting started, but I am officially 1/4 of the way through the rough draft, a full five chapters in. Further, I’ve gotten through the obligatory exposition and now I can get down to the fun part of the story–the action–so the rest should go faster. The only problem is that, like I said, school is starting soon.

Funny that. I will be starting my 21st year teaching at a university, and each year at this time I feel like I don’t know what I am doing. I fumble around, trying to make sense of my curriculum. I never feel like I have it figured out until about the end of the first week of classes. Then it all seems to come together somehow. And there’s also the fact that they haven’t fired me yet.

So my current project, the sequel to Tesla’s Ghost I am currently calling The Last War, is moving right along. I am now envisioning this entire series, called The Eden Project, to be three books, maybe four. I’ll be giving you a sneak peek or two in coming days.

Glad to be back.