These last few weeks, I have been in another pathetic writing valley. Not quite a writer’s block, but a pit of despair. Partly because December was totally shot since my family and I, all, got sick, then I started my regular work. Forget it. Just making it to work with half a smile on my face was a victory.
Now, things are settling, although it seems I am busier with teaching and union work (I teach full-time at an urban community college and run my union). And, my writing energy is coming back. Mostly, I was dealing with negative crap, what I like to call “A Writing Long Night of the Soul.” That night lasted over six weeks.
Well, in my creative writing classes, I tell my students to flip the script. I know that sounds like contemporary self-help babble, but it works for me. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with a little self-help. The point is that I finally stopped bitching and decided to see this revision process as an opportunity to write something awesome. Thus, I am postponing the second edition of Wolf Trek, obvi, as I have published nothing. The book is also supposed to be a fundraiser for Poet Jay Mehta who suffered a third stroke last week. (He is recovering and wish Jay and his family good health and better times ahead) Well, I already sent his family money and will continue to do so for the year based on this book's profits. However, they could use the support: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/authorjaym
Add that self-imposed layer of pressure and the negative reel and forget it.
Look if I don’t give the process my 110%, I’ll be complaining about it later. In fact, that is why I am producing the second edition, since back when I started publishing, I didn’t have this amazing editor, Aditya Deshmukh, and I should have spent more time with the novelette. It is now over 100 pages, but who cares? I’m on my deadline; I just don’t want to be such a negative jerk and stop producing because I love to write--despite all the torture that comes with it. Writing is wonderful, wonderful, but can be a major pain.
I also want to #writerlift Author David Bowmore. But pay heed. If you sign up for this site, use the Reader option. His book The Magic of Deben Market is up for a contest. I would appreciate if you voted for his book @ booksoffice.com. It is an amazing pastiche of short stories that take place in Deben Market. I am loving the book and can’t wait to review it.
Well, that is all I have because the novelette is calling—the bastard. Hope you are having a less contentions time with your writing. Also, if you haven’t done so, subscribe to my new YouTube channel Radical Books and Politics. Right now, it’s on hiatus because I’ve postponed the novelette, but I will most likely review a book mid-week of Red Bird by Author Steve Carr or The Magic of Deben Market.
Keep on, and drag yourselves out of your pits of despair. Putting your work out there is worth the climb. I'm rooting for you!