Goal non-oriented

With the Holiday Rush nearing an end, I am tempted to make a list of sorts in terms of accomplishments for 2010.  But anyone that has read this blog at least on occasion knows how miserable I am with keeping self-made schedules.  So I am not going to torture myself over it.

Instead, I am finding that not forcing myself to devote chunks of time to writing is actually pretty good for creativity.  In the past week or so, I have rewritten a 10 page section to Broken Skies (more on this below) and finished my book of poetry, A Mouth for Picket Fences. I am currently arranging the poems in such a way that they fit thematically into the book’s 3 different parts, currently titled “Normalcy”, “The Darkness Weighs Us” and “(in)Humanity”.  After that and  final run-through, I’ll be sending the manuscript off…a pretty good way to start the New Year, I suppose…high hopes and all that.

The rewrite to Broken Skies is significant for two reasons.  Firstly, the deus ex machina ending I was dreading has become a little less blatant.  Secondly, it is looking to end up being a little less dark fiction/sci fi and more…well, I don’t know, really.  This is going to be a hard one to classify when it comes time to send out queries.  Also, during this rewrite, I had to do a little bit of research on Iceland.  I’ve always been fascinated with the country but now would say that I am nearly borderline obsessed.  Granted, their economy is in the toilet, but with a small population, a 99% literacy rate, an extremely high use of renewable energy and that unexplainably beautiful scenery, what’s not to like?

So maybe…just maybe…I will finally finish Broken Skies sometime in 2010. Wait…didn’t I just say that I wasn’t going to be setting any goals for next year?…



  1. It’s funny how changing things up can make the creativity flow so much more freely.

    And mmm, Iceland. Can’t blame you for obsessing. I saw an episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain was there and damn, it was awesome.

  2. Those photos – wow! Otherworldly.

    I think you need to include an ambient tune to go along with each story – how cool would that be?! Maybe a new website feature for you…hmm…

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