I apologize to my followers for not being active recently. I am in the process of moving my parents to North Carolina and let me tell you, moving 25 years of junk out of a house is insane! You never realize how much stuff you have until you’re forced to go through all of it. In the midst of packing, however, I have not lost my passion for writing, I have not taken a break, and I have been fortunate enough to have a surge of inspiration amidst the chaos. I have started writing a new fantasy novel which has intrigued and captivated me.
Back in April, I posted a topic (Visual Exercise #3) in which I used a series of images to create a short story, a fantasy version of the Little Red Riding Hood legend. That story inspired me to go further and now, from a small blog post, I now have the first chapter written, and much more background documented on my characters and this new world. These exquisite characters have revealed themselves to me in ways I did not think possible. I created a map of my fantasy world of five kingdoms and the history of it surprises me every day. I will have more updates as they come.
I am still seeking representation for my nonfiction work on Tolkien but this is the first time I have committed to writing a fantasy novel, on my own, beyond just a few ideas. My characters and history are so real that I feel compelled to bring them to life (though they seem to be doing that just fine on their own), and share them with other people.
Point of this post? Don’t give up! Never use “I’m too busy” as an excuse. I cannot let this move or other extracurricular activities stop me from pursuing this dream and neither should any of you.