In the weird two-track world that is my writing life, it’s a little odd timing (but always good news) that I have another new book out just as That Forgetful Shore is getting launched and I’m busy promoting it. James: The Brother of Jesus is the latest of my novels about Bible characters, and one of my favourites. However, it’s not yet up on Amazon or other online sites, so in a few weeks when it is, I’ll be talking more about it and trying to entice you to buy it.
It’s a funny place to be in, because I know that with two new books out, lots of other writers would love to be where I am, and it’s certainly not a bad place to be! Yet it’s been a long time — several years at least — since I’ve felt as confused and directionless about where my writing career is going, as I do today. There are a lot of reasons for this, and I may blog about some of them later, but let’s just say for now that I need a little time and head-space away from either writing or promoting books, to think about what I want to do, and write, next.
This year instead of doing NaNoWriMo I’m going to be dedicating some extra time to writing in a different way — not producing another 50,000 unpublished words (heaven knows that’s the last thing I need) but doing some marketing and promotion, but also some planning around where I want to go next, and what I want to do with some of the unpublished work I do have around here. Also, what my next book is going to be — because for the first time in a long time, I’m not sure of the answer to that question. I’m sure you’ll see the results of some of that thinking showing up here on the blog (as well as some fun book giveaways, so stay tuned). But first, I’m off to one of my favourite places with some of my favourite people (5/6 of the Strident Women) to relax for a much-needed weekend break and … well, not write. But think and talk about writing, and try to figure out what my next step is.