Hello! It's been a while... too long. I've fallen into bad habits and haven't been writing as consistently as I want to be. Given the current situation in our world, I plan to establish more of a routine while staying home as much as possible. I am still working full-time, remotely, but since I don't have commutes to make and am not really leaving the house in order to do my part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I plan to write more. Reading and writing, specifically the fantasy genre, has always been a way for me to escape the reality of our world, and I know that it can serve the same purpose for most of you. So here is my plan (subject to change at any point): I'm slowly working on rewriting UNMARKED. Those updates will NOT be put on wattpad in the near future as I smooth it out and polish it. I'm rewriting it more intentionally so that I can lead into the sequel a bit better. The reality is that though many of you love UNMARKED in its current form - it is a first draft. What I can tell you now is that while the general plot remains the same, some characters have been cut, and some locations swapped. So far I'm happy with the way it's turning out. Second: I am going to continue writing As Dark as the Forest. The feel of this novel and the societal themes that I plan to address in it are I think very important to this time. I want it to be a novel about perseverance. I am currently rereading my first 28k words to refresh myself and then intend to continue Ori and Asher's stories. Anyway, things are starting to get pretty dire here - I live in New York State, and though I am hours from the city, cases of COVID-19 have begun to pop up with frequency in my region. I'm afraid for my grandparents and immune-compromised friends, and for that reason I am staying home. How are things where you are? How are you coping?
@FrankOShea Thank you! We are mostly self isolating here - everyone is working from home etc. Except for the grocery stores which people are flocking to and panic buying everything. But even as someone who normally doesn't like to leave the house anyway, the days get monotonous. Thankfully the weather is turning more mild here so I can go out and walk! Wish i could go out on my back porch to write, but alas... Either way, looking forward to turning this situation into an opportunity to get more writing out into the world!
@LadyKnightMeg Hello, Lady Meg. I've missed you and our unmarked friends. Things aren't too bad where I live, except for a handful of rich jerks who openly, and in one case even violently, flout self-isolation policies and even quarantine. I'm a bit of a shut-in, so I don't have a big problem with that, although I need human contact to stay sane just like anybody. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing.