With the start of every new year, there is the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. Also, it enables one to look back on the year past -- if they haven't done so already -- and reflect on what they have accomplished in the previous twelve months. Needless to say, I've accomplished quite a bit in that time.
At the end of June 2012, I released my first published novel to the masses; then, a mere four months later my second bundle of writing joy came into the world. It's hard to fathom that this geeky teenager who toiled away on a novel for a larf in his final years of high school 23 years ago could see himself listed on Amazon today. While the stories I've told in the past year are an advancement in the life of the detective I first wrote about during my secondary education all those years ago, I have not forgotten my main character initial "birth" in my mind. Rest assured, by the time I decide to hang up my quill for good, that first story -- which I admit was rather cheesy -- I featured Gary Celdom in back in 1990, will be retooled and shared with everyone who have been compelled so far with Scarlet Siege and Barbadian Backlash.
That being said, it is now a New Year, and my creative juices have begun to flow once again. For those who read my interview over at Dianna's Writing Den last month (if you haven't yet, you can do so right here) I alluded to my plans for writing the first drafts of a few more stories in the upcoming months; including the fourth volume of the lives of Gary, Jessica, Karen, and Doug. However, those are still in the germination stage, which leads to question: what will I be toiling on between now and April Fool's Day when my first non-Gary Celdom series tome, The Band on Balsam, begins to be typed onto the page? The obvious answer to that is, before Gary's fourth begins to be written, his third needs to be completed; which brings me to right now.
Over the upcoming weeks, I will be in the process of editing and rewriting the tale I scribed this past November, Rouge Numbered Week, and along the way, I'll be providing sneak work-in-progress previews of my work in advance of its eventual release later this year. (Thank you for the idea, Alley.) I won't give away too much about "RNW", but let's just say it's a case that's a century in the making, and is decked out in blood-splotched Double Blue. I hope you'll all come along for the ride, as I put the finishing touches on it.
Also, if you live in the Toronto-area, I will be doing a reading at the People Who Read Aloud event on Friday, January 18th, 2013. I'm hoping to have my edits on the first chapter of "RNW" completed by then, so I'll be able to share it with those in attendance. If real life gets in the way, thankfully, I have two novels to choose an excerpt from.
At least, I'm fortunate in that regard.