I didn't know what to expect on this trip. Regrets? Guilt? Happiness? Unwanted stress? What I found was something unexpected. It was a sense of calm I never experienced before. As I boarded the plane on the way back, I realized San Diego is where I belong. It reminded me a bit of when I wrote the last scene for KIN. I knew the story was there. What I need to do now is strengthen the groundwork I laid out for the story. In the past year, I feel like I've done the same thing for myself.
I'm only getting started on the path I've chosen. One of the reasons why I wanted to move was because I was determined to grow more as a writer and as a person. I knew I couldn't do what I wanted where I was living. There were no visiting authors, writing jobs, and the closest writing community was in four hours away in Minneapolis. A few years ago, Joey and I created a list of all the things we wanted to do. It's when we realized that we did pretty much everything on that very list that we needed to move.
|A homemade Tardis and working Dalek at CoreCon. Joey and I with our friend Sulu.|
I'm really looking forward to the second half of 2013. My goal is continue revision until I know my manuscript is ready for submission. I'll be working on my query letter and cleaning up my synopsis. I've started a spreadsheet of agents. Things are started to move along in ways I almost didn't imagine possible. I'm very thankful to have the time to do the work of my heart.
Look for weekly updates of my progress in June.