Considering how dangerously ill I got last winter, 2015 has been an excellent year for my writing.
It started when clever, insightful, magnificent Kate Pearce took me as her mentee. I’ve mentored two authors, one of whom is still with me and is welcome to stay as long as she wants to, and now I’m a mentee too.
Do you have a mentor? Are you a mentor? It’s a wonderful experience. I recommend it.
So. To the writing.
I finished my novel The Honesty of Tigers and have submitted it to a select group of agents. Everyone who has it, has it because I genuinely admire her or him. I really think this is my best novel so far. One of my first readers said it’s my masterpiece. I enjoyed writing Tigers more than any other book I’ve written so far, and that’s saying something.
Took some weeks off to recover from the physical and mental workout of finishing Tigers, then I got back to work on my novel The Orphan Age. I rewrote the half that I’d completed in 2014 before my health fell off that cliff, and enjoyed doing a big chunk of ancient history research (the Celts of Gaul when the Roman Empire was getting all fascist on their arses, fact fans) for when I’m ready to write the other half.
Eye surgeries looming on the horizon will play their part in the timing of this. It might be next spring before I can finish Orphans, but finish it I will.
Meanwhile, I’ve started several other projects, including adapting the first chapters of my novel A Flight of Thieves for a TV drama series. Its working title is Sky Ships.
All of which sounds great, and it is great, but it points up the difference between my public achievements and my physical condition. Always, every year, between the peaks I achieve, are deep valleys shrouded in mist. Sweating my way through them is as much part of my journey as the satisfied thrill I enjoy when I reach a peak. It mightn’t be as visible, but it’s there.
Which is why I ask, how are you? Really. Not just in your celebration dances on the mountains, but down in the mist too. Are you sweating through a valley?
How are you doing?