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hello world! a return from hiatus

hello! i am alive! sorry for the unexpected hiatus (again). i’m going to try to get better about weekly posts, or at least monthly. maybe it will help motivate me to write more often, too.

since september, i have finished another 2 semesters of grad school (!!). i’m 1.5 years into a 3 year program. it’s going so quickly! i need to start looking into what’s next. i’m really leaning towards a phd program, but it all depends on how the next semester or two goes. i’m really enjoying my classes, and starting to develop a specific area of study interest, so that’s exciting!

i did start querying SHADOW OF THE NECROPOLIS in october. i still haven’t sent many queries, but i haven’t gotten any interest from agents yet. i think i need to revisit my first few pages and maybe my query letter before sending any more.

i also started drafting my space fantasy, tentatively titled FAIR PHANTOM in april! it was meant to be a camp nanowrimo project, but of course class got in the way, so i only managed about 10,000 words. i’m still slowly drafting. i’m hoping to be finished with the first draft around mid-june. this is actually my third time drafting this particular story from scratch, which is weird (i first got the idea for it in 2013!), but i think it’s getting better each time. obviously, as a first draft, it still needs lots of work once i’m done, but i’m surprised at how much i love where the story is taking me. i did do quite a bit of pre-work before drafting, as usual, but i’m kind of deviating from the outline, which is new for me! i’m enjoying the discovery.

it’s been probably two years of this weird writing slump for me, where i second-guess everything and feel like i have no ideas for what to write next, but i think i’m FINALLY coming out of it. now i feel like i have too many ideas, and i’m anxious to finish drafting my space fantasy so i can get to work on whatever’s next! i’m hoping i’m close to signing with an agent, but even if i’m not, i love my stories and working on them whenever i have a chance. 🙂


 

Post-Script: Books I’ve Read Since my Last Post

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (**audio**)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (**audio**)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

The Runner by David Samuels

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

Othello by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (**audio**)

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Elevation by Stephen King

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (**audio**)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (**audio**)

The Late Age of Print by Ted Striphas

Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop (**audio**)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Merchants of Culture by John B. Thompson

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (**audio**)

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (**audio**)

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Participatory Composition by Sarah J. Arroyo

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke (**audio**)

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Be a Writing Machine by M.L. Ronn (**audio**)

Doctor Who: Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories by Eoin Colfer, et al

The World Made Meme by Ryan M. Milner

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (**audio**)

Finale by Stephanie Garber

 

Currently Reading

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan (**audio**)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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