It has to be better than last year. It does. I hope it is. A lot of bad personal things happened to me in 2007. But I’m still here.
As for writing, it was definitely a bad year. There wasn’t much. I had to put 200 pages, that I’d mostly written in 2006, into a drawer. I didn’t know how to work the con therefore the novel had to be put away. I have a feeling I’ll take it out one day.
I made at least one other false start. Maybe two. I complained a lot. I might have even whined, sin of sins.
On a positive note I had a short story published in the anthology A Hell of a Woman, and the story was picked up for another anthology of the best crime stories of the year.But that year is over. And this year I’m going to start a new novel. Next Monday. I still don’t have a title. Not quite true. I have a working title but I’m not mad for it. Still, I’ll be able to make a title page and that’ll give me the feeling that I’m going somewhere.
I like the idea for this book. As usual I don’t know if I can pull it off. I wonder how many writers know for sure they can pull it off when they start? I always have a touch of fear that it won’t work. But because I’ve had such trouble in the past year I’m more nervous than at other starts.
So, next Monday I’ll sit down here and hopefully write a few pages. If I write three that day I’ll be happy.
I know it’s not going to be easy. And I know it has to be one day at a time. That’s all I know.