Well, I got through the Beautiful Freaks Fest with most of my brain intact. I don’t feel it was my best writing, and the fiber arts/artifact creation/photography caused lots of insomnia, and nearly gave me a panic attack by Sunday. Sooooo many things got cut out of the posts because my imagination far exceeds my time and abilities. I had to be vague with specific details, like dates, names, and locations, because the second I commit, I HAVE to make sure everything is 100% historically accurate, and I would have never pushed the “publish” button, AND that would have been its own kind of failure. Also, I was so busy trying to get my own posts out, I couldn’t get to the other writers/artists to look/like/share their work, too.
I also ignored a lot of weekend chores to get anything posted, and there is a vague sense I was only half aware during the conversations I had with my family. Writer’s fog, I call it, although it affects all creative types. I will hope for their forgiveness, and try to do better in the future.
BUT, I did it! Three fiction posts in three days! The links to the fest are still open, so I will spend the week visiting my co-conspirators. Please, visit them, too.
I didn’t realize how comfy I had become with the “publish” button while running a blog. All the old anxieties came roaring back when it was a work of fiction. This does not bode well for future self-publishing, and puts another tick mark in the traditional publishing column. Hmmm…
When I wrote the original short story six months ago, a letter from a man to his sister, begging her to come home and help him deal with the aftermath of the Fae touching his life, I had no idea it would go in this direction. Now, I have the beginnings of a blog serial, and perhaps I’ll collect it into a novella. (Although pic heavy e-books are difficult to format, from what I have heard.) There is so much more to that short story than I thought. Time to dig deeper into the research. Yay! Research!
What else is in my future? Finishing the other short story, catching up on beta reading for friends, overdue reviews for other friends, revising and editing my novels, more blogging with my creative brain exposed, and hopefully–somehow–getting my work out into the world and published.
But first, I’m going to take a nap.