I came back with two publishers+ interested the complete story arc of Bitter Suites, among other things I can’t share yet. I unpacked and set to work to finish up the second book. After an intense 2-4,000 words a day (or more!) it was done. Then I had to write up a synopsis for the third installment. Also done, and I am excited where the story is going.
My original plan was to publish the story as three separate novellas. Now it looks like it will all be published as a stand alone novel. Although it starts as individual stories, they start to twist together midway through and become one story line. Now I can relax a little and write the third segment, taking breaks for other projects in between.
One of those is finishing up Altars and Oubliettes, the poetry chapbook I’ve been working on for awhile. I can see how my poetry has developed since I started with In Favor of Pain. I’ve been happy with this new work, and I have to credit mentor and friends Marge Simon and Linda D. Addison with help in developing my craft.
I’ve also been asked to do a new project I can’t talk about yet. I can say it’s something in a completely new format, it’s in the Bitter Suites world and I’m a good way into it already.
I have my trip to the East Coast starting this Friday. I’ll be meeting Gordon Linzner and Hildy Silverman, both former publishers of Space and Time magazine. I’ll be a guest on Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf radio talk show in NYC and I’ll get to spend time with my oldest daughter and her family. I hope to see a few more friends, but time is short.
Lots going on locally. As Space and Time, we are working with the local library system to establish an open mic event to promote literacy and performance skills. I’ll be sharing details if that all works out.
The exciting developments have been non-stop. While that’s great, my poor blog here has taken the hit. Hopefully when I get back from this next trip I can settle back into regular blogging. I think I’ll have plenty to talk about.
Final note: I will be posting another call for Exqusite Corpse lines very soon, and this time the finished collaborative poem will be shared at SpaceandTimeMagazine.com.