I've been thinking of taking my blog in a different direction. Part of the reason I started it was to stimulate my creative-writing process and return to achieving one of the most ambitious goals on my bucket list...writing a novel. Alas, I seem to have found a way to write about anything except a novel. I haven't done any serious work on it in over a year.
So my idea is simple; to write my novel here. Not all in one post, of course...but perhaps at the rate of a chapter every week or two. About a third of it is already written (some 20,000 words), including the first four chapters, parts of the climax, and the development of a flashback story (told throughout the novel) for one of characters.
Hopefully I won't write myself into a corner on the way. I feel pretty confident about the story even though there are a lot of smaller details I haven't worked out yet. Much of the outine and specific setting I had to develop during the initial writing phases. I'm not always so linear and was writing sequences from throughout the story. When a good idea hits, you just want to write it down! Worry about working it in later. Eventually that catches up with you, and you need a roadmap that is going to join all these great ideas and mark the waypoints for your characters to follow, both physically and emotionally. I've done a lot of that work already and now I think it's time for a more linear approach to get this thing done. If it reads well, I'll create some audience anticipation to inspire me to the end. And, hey, if I actually got it published someday, that would be cool too.
Oh, I'll still tell you about any adventures I take, and update you with that icky stuff from time to time. But things are slowing down here in the desert summer heat and I really don't have any plans except for swimming and sweating out the next few months.