Showing posts from November, 2011

Okay. It's Finished.

The first draft of The Fifth Circle is now complete at 81,319 words. As mentioned in a previous blog, this is my first attempt at non-fantasy and quite possibly my last. The only thing I like about this book is the fact that it's finished. Really. Maybe I'll change my mind after edits, after I've given myself a chance to put some distance between me and the book which has consummed me over the past several days.

Over the past eighteen days, I've written over 40,000 words and I feel as if I just completed my own personal NaNoWriMo. For the past three weeks, I've barely tweeted, blogged, returned emails, tormented people on authonomy, or cleaned my house. After finishing the first draft last night, I feel like a new person.

Today I ran errands, cleaned the house, made a casserole...all the things I've tried to avoid doing while I pushed myself to finish The Fifth Circle.

With a great sense of relief and anticipation, I'm going back to writing fantasy. I can'…

A Journey Through the Fifth Circle of Hell

As Dante descended into Hell in The Divine Comedy, I have endeavored to do the same. I travel deeper and deeper into the concentric reaches of the Inferno, a journey into the depths of fear, apathy, denial, regret, and despair. My current manuscript—the only non-fantasy I’ve ever tried to write—has forced me to face every bad decision I’ve ever made as a parent…or as a human being. I’ve given a great deal of thought to the following issues: how I deal with relationships and why; how doing nothing is still making a choice; that apathy and wrath are mirror images of the same emotion; that anyone can have an epiphany, but the true test of character is how one uses that insight to make a change. Yes, my current manuscript is my own personal circle of Hell and I can’t wait to be done with the first draft so I can put some distance between us. Three months, six months…forever. I hate the book and it is only through sheer will that I’m coming close to finishing it. I’ve put myself on a strict…