I’m SO Sorry!

First of all, let me say that I apologize for my blogging absence, but I’M BACK! I’m on summer break, so here’s an update on what I’m up to so you can get caught up on my pathetic life.

I’m going to be working on my senior thesis starting… right about now, actually. If I’ve not mentioned it before, I’ll be looking at religion in Anna Karenina, specifically Levin’s religious and spiritual development. I’ve got a few sources, beyond the book itself, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

“Soon” was published in the Scripps College Journal and “Hunting Plums” has been sent off to a magazine for consideration. Editing is in full swing, and my next novel, Children of Conflict, is in process.

As far as Fan Fiction, I’ve got about a million things going on, but here’s my priorities: editing “And They Lived Happily” and “Kiss & Tell”, Finishing “All I Wanted Was You” and “The 74th Hunger Games”, Completing the character profiles for my Amy/Sirius series that I SHALL NOT LEAK info about, and Finish the outline I’ve started for my Love Actually sequel piece that I have no working title for.

As far as my novels and novellas are considered, novellas are on hold for the moment in favor of short stories, which are blossoming in my brain at a rate they never have before and will be much more efficient to work through and attempt to publish, which is an important consideration with graduate school looming on the horizon. Novels are in progress, as mentioned about Children of Conflict. To the Death is in edits, and even some sections of extensive re-writes. I need certain scenes to be more fleshed out, says Natalie, and she’s right. So I’ve contacted a few of my military-associated friends who know much more about preparing for combat than I do and they’ve agreed to answer my questions as they arise in sifting through this massive amount of material they’ve already given me for consideration.

Be prepared for me to start spouting acronyms instead of actual words. My brain’s already spinning.

I’ll also try to keep you updated on my search for graduate schools, my GREs, etc. Even my packing for the UK. People discount too often all of the little, important things involved in being and becoming a writer, like the day-to-day, the fact that I’m drinking three cups of tea a day and having to actually remind myself to shower before sitting down in front of my notes and getting lost in writing. Every little bit matters.

I PROMISE to be better. Thank you for putting up with me thus far, and hopefully we’ll have many lovely adventures together, including my being in Brighton when the Royal Baby is born! 😀




Updates on ‘Soon’

All right, so I said I was sending this puppy off to The Cincinnati Review, and like as might I will, but not quite yet.

You see, my dear editor Natalie is editor-in-chief of the Scripps College Journal at (gasp) Scripps College. I published my short story “Forgetting Mia Martin” there last year, and intend to submit “Hunting Plums” soon. “Hunting Plums” was always intended for SCJ, but I’ve recently decided that I may as well put “Soon” up too. If the fiction editors like “Soon” better, well, “Hunting Plums” is more likely to get published somewhere else anyway. And if it’s a low year, they might even publish both, as both are quite short.

I’ll let you know how it goes, naturally. This will mean, of course, that I won’t be submitting either of these pieces to other literary magazines until I hear back from SCJ, but it also frees me up more time to work on editing “Make-Believe” and finish writing some of my short stories. Not to mention all the novellas, novels, and fan fiction projects on my plate. YEESH. 😀