Being the restless sort, I don’t do downtime very well.
It’s not correct to say I’m bored; only boring people have this problem. But for a month and a half I’ve been writing at a crazy pace. Seldom have I done less than 2,500 words in a day. Even when I don’t have a project going, I still get a few pages of verbiage out.
I just finished the first draft of a new novel, on a manual typewriter that’s even older than I am. It will sit for 40 days and 40 nights, then I’ll take it out, read it and scribble all over it with a red pen. By the time I’m done with that it’ll look like I bled all over the thing and half of the manuscript will be thrown out.
That 40 days and 40 nights, that’s the hairball. But it’s a good time to stretch my little writing legs a bit. Some short fiction, sure. Some shorter-than-that fiction, absolutely.
That’s where this blog comes in. It is a testing lab for some of my writing. Call it a lunatic’s scrawling and you may be about right. Some fiction, some nonfiction, a few screeds, basically whatever sticks to the wall.
During those 40 days, I’ll be experimenting with other forms of fiction. Some short stories. A little flash fiction. You’ll find the latter here.
After that period? Ahh, I’m always experimenting anyway. The testing lab stays up, with more stuff going in.
This is gonna be fun. Join me …