Summer is half over, and although I haven’t accomplished nearly as much as I’d hoped, I’ve been able to get quite a few things going in the last month and a half. I’ve nearly finished two short stories, “A Thin Line” and “Pretty,” and soon they’ll be ready for a little extra lovin’ to get them ready for the book. The collection is coming along nicely, and I hope to have it finished by winter.
In May, I took the plunge on one of my life long goals: I started BLF Press, and I have two amazing editors and an artist working with me. We are so excited about our work, so stop by soon and see what we’re up to.
For the past few days, I’ve been visiting my family and taking care of a little business. I’ve also been eating some good ol’ southern cooking and drinking plenty of sweet tea, something I can’t get in the Midwest. To counter the effects of all of this greasy goodness, we’ve been taking long walks in the morning before the sun gets too high.
More than anything though, I’ve been writing, trying to finish one big project and start work on another. There’s always something to do and a deadline to meet. I was inspired to write this post by one of my very favorite writers, Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and Silver Sparrow. I’m a native Georgian, and I’ve always felt connected to her work, particularly Leaving Atlanta, as I was about ten years old during the time of the Atlanta Child Murders and I’ve never forgotten how that tragedy rocked our community.
So, what are you doing this summer? There’s still time left to get a bit done, so let’s get to work!