What I’ve Been Up To and What’s Coming Next on This Blog

Hello Friends and Readers!

I regret not posting this update yesterday, but my life has just been weird in the last month (in both great and not so great ways!) and part of that relates to why I didn’t get this up, so without further ado, here we go!

PART I: WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO

During most of the month of August, I had a nasty summer cold which fucked up my voice. I went to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist on the 4th, and he prescribed me a short course of steroids and nasal spray to get the persistent post-nasal drip and inflammation in my vocal cords down, and yesterday was my first dose of the steroids out of six. I had to take six steroid pills on top of the seven that I normally take for all the weird shit that goes on in my body, including acid reflux, allergies, an autoimmune thyroid condition, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The weirdness of having to adapt to that after a five-day vacation to Florida (where I totally geeked out at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) is one factor in me not being able to get this posted yesterday.

As I just mentioned, I also spent the better part of last week at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Despite the constant humidity and daily rain, I felt smack dab in the middle of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and I loved every second of it. It allowed me to just nerd out, and I got my Elder Wand and drank butterbeer (and actually alcoholic Wizard’s Brew) and experienced a virtual Quidditch match. Lots of fun, zero time for blogging.

On this note, I’ve also been reading a lot, and just generally diving headfirst into fandoms of different types, including Star Trek, Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds trilogy (which is AMAZING, YA dystopian supernatural thrillers, read them!) and of course Harry Potter. Next I’m likely going to be reading Stephen King’s The Shining (my mind always changes), to gear up for the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, coincidentally and delightfully occurring on my birthday, October 7th. I’m pumped!

INTERMISSION: A NOTE ON TODAY

So here we are, finally getting this entry written on a day that’s now permanent in our country’s history. While the primary focus of the entry is not one of memoriam, I do want to take a moment as many have across the Internet to remember those we lost fourteen years ago including the father of one of my grade school classmates. We are changed by today, regardless of political and religious beliefs and identities, and as is the slogan adopted for today, we never forget.

PART II: WHAT’S COMING NEXT

PART A: BOOK REVIEWS

As my reading habits have increased dramatically, so has my activity on the book lover’s social network, Goodreads. As I’ve become more active there, two independent authors offered me the opportunity to review their short young adult novels on my blog, and I jumped at the chance. A review of J.A. Cipriano’s Under Wraps will be published here on Monday, September 21st, and a review of C.E. Wilson’s To Nowhere will appear here on Monday, September 28th. Keep a look out for some great indie YA!

PART B: THE NOVEL AND MORE ABOUT ME

In between reviews– of which I plan to schedule more, even if they are not publisher or author-sponsored– I’ll be writing more blogs about me, including my disability of Cerebral Palsy and how it relates to my pursuit of a writing career. I’ll also be giving updates my novel idea, as to which I alluded in my Coming Out As a Writer post, will be drafted in considerable part during November’s NaNoWriMo event (click the link to learn more if you missed that post). The story and its outline and slowly but surely solidifying as we approach mid-September, and I’m happy with where I am. My goal is to have the outline finished a few days before Halloween to give myself a few days to brace for the writing frenzy that is NaNo, but while I am a plotter by necessity, I’m a pantser by heart  (as I steal from Chuck Wendig), so it’s likely the outline will spill into the writing time of NaNo, but I guess now is as good a time as any to address that even I don’t hit the 50,000-word goal and lose NaNo, I’m going to finished more than one draft of this book. Even if I win, the  book won’t be done at the 50,000 word mark. Most novels of the supernatural thriller type are around 80k-110k, and the scope of my story seems like it will fall in that range, so the drafting, self-editing, and professional editing phases of this novel will extend way beyond November. I’m really into my characters and themes, and the chapter-to-chapter and scene-to-scene events are coming together around my larger ideas, and I’m not going to let an arbitrary word count during a month-long challenge keep me from seeing this story through. I’ll write another most later this month or in October around some spoiler-free specifics around my plot and characters, but what I can tell you now is I love my characters, I love my idea, I love my supernatural elements, and I’m beyond excited.


So that’s what I’ve been up to and what’s coming next, At minimum there will be one post of the review of J.A. Cipriano’s Under Wraps in the coming week, but another personal narrative style post may also come this week time permitting. Until then!

Best,

Joe

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