It’s funny, I’ve spent the past couple of days wishing I had time to write a blog post, and yet when I just opened up the “Add New Post” page and set my fingers on the keyboard, my mind went completely blank. I had nothing to say. So that’s why you are getting this little rambling to kick things off.
Let’s see, what’s been going on?
Well, I just spent the last couple of days in Marilla, New York with my dad’s parents (so for those of you who commented on my last post, I’m so sorry I haven’t responded yet, I’m going to right after I finish this post). For those of you who don’t know western New York, Marilla is close to East Aurora which is close to Buffalo. Marilla is such a small town that my grandparents mailing address is East Aurora. But anyways. Being with family you only see once every couple of years or so (if that) is always awkward, but it’s nice too. Like seeing my dad get hammered with his brother and sisters around makes me realize how all his children got to be the smart asses they are today.
Of course, there’s always the inevitable “we’re interested in your life” conversations which lead to things like my uncle checking my hands to see if there are any engagement rings there (for the record, there aren’t) or being told by my seventeen year old cousin that I need to get married soon so he could come down and visit us again (he and his family came for my younger sister’s wedding last year and we had a blast) or being told by my grandmother that there’s always the internet to find someone or being asked by my aunt if I even have a boyfriend. At least my grandfather told me I looked slimmer than the last time he saw me (though I’m probably not).
I did get some time on the plane ride to Buffalo to type up a few random chapters of The Death Effect that have been waiting in my notebook for a week or two. My current word count is 37,163! I’m about 1/2 way there. I can’t believe how long it is taking me to write this book, but I should remember that writing Twenty-Five in a month was a real fluke, and I shouldn’t expect that from every book I attempt to write. It got me thinking about how much I’ve written on some of my other ideas, probably not much! So, of course, I looked. Here it is:
30 Dates in 30 Days: 2,598
Anita’s Dream Diary: 21,525
David and Adrian: 14,551
Love or Friendship: 4,133
The First Mermaid: 1,870
Apparently the long novel is not something I’m very good at, the longest one on this list is the “sequel” to Twenty-Five! Or at least, I don’t have the attention span for it. My friend Ang once asked if I’d ever thought of doing a collection of short stories. She may be on to something, since it seems I think in 5,000 words or less most of the time. I’d love some suggestions of what to write about- what would you guys enjoy reading?
And a little thing that makes me happy: A pen that writes really really really well.