It’s been a couple weeks since I posted a new story about a mysterious or bizarre event in history. My lack of content isn’t coming from a lack of interest in the blog anymore, but because my time has been spread thin with other writing projects.
I had a story already in mind and partly researched for the next post I planned on publishing earlier today, but time got away from me yet again. So instead, I want to provide a brief update on where I’m at in my writing career both in fiction and freelance.
Many of you may know I’m the Events Editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, where I also write an art column and write in other areas of the publication. I also freelance write for several other publications depending on the week. Most of my freelance writing is about culture, entertainment, and food. I’m fortunate to have more than one or two publications to write for as a freelancer. When I want to get started on a new Recount & Reveal piece, it’s hard to even know where to begin the research with everything else on my plate.
Another big project that has kept me from Recount & Reveal is working an extensive re-write of a novel I’ve been working on for the past few years. In October I hired an editor to go through the story with me (shout out to the wonderful editor and writer Victoria Mixon). We worked on it character by character, scene by scene, and I ended up with a new story to write. It was a thrilling, stressful, and amazing experience. I wasn’t expecting to re-write my entire novel, but after going through the process I understand how necessary that is for the story.
More than my freelancing writing, this novel is what has kept me from Recount & Reveal the most. I’ve had to re-focus and re-prioritize my schedule entirely for this book. The rewriting process has been as thrilling and stressful as the editing, and I’m just now jumping over the halfway mark in re-writing the story. I never understood until this book what it mean to be obsessed with a story, to know every nook and cranny of the characters and the world they live in. What inspired me to pursue writing are the clear obsession and details Stephen King puts into his own works. Most of what he writes seem to be the tip of the iceberg of the real world he’s writing about. For the first time in the long time I’m excited to write something I believe in.
Thank you for those who have read every post from the beginning. It means the world to me. I’m still researching a rather strange and dark story I plan to release within the next couple weeks. I’m excited to share it with those who’ve never heard about it before. That’s been the purpose of Recount & Reveal: to tell true stories to those who haven’t yet heard it. Most of the stories I’ve shared here I’ve never heard myself.
I hope those who do read Recount & Reveal continue to enjoy these stories. I hope you continue to spend a few minutes out of your day to visit this site and learn something new and strange.