My Year in Writing: July

A tower of used books This past month I spent most of my time game planning, and getting things together for the future. The fall is almost here. Soon the air will be cool, and the world will be quiet. That’s when I most want to write. Nothing makes me want to sit down to write more than dying leaves, a cold breeze, and a coffee.

On Tuesday of this week I had a great two hour strategy session with the guys at Foxhead Books to plan old school Sub-Pop world domination. We covered a lot of bases, and I feel like we’re on the right track. Big changes are coming soon for the press, and I’m eager to see what the future holds.

As for my short story collection with Foxhead Books, the release date is still to be determined. It might be released this winter as originally planned, or it might come out during the early part of next year if that makes more sense. At this time I’m waiting to meet with my new editor, as the last one left the press, and waiting to see what the cover might look like. All good things in the end.

My novel writing has picked back up as I’ve been busy re-editing the novel I pulled from publication earlier this year, and have been outlining my next book. I’ve never outlined before, but with the new book it’s necessary.

I’ve also been working on a few new book reviews. I have a new one out August 5th in Necessary Fiction, and have completed a new one for them which will appear later this year. I’ve also accepted a book reviewer position with Fjords Review which will start soon.

Other than that my writing has been focused on completing a few new flash fiction pieces for upcoming contest, and working on this research-heavy collage essay which seems to grow more each time I go back to it. Not sure what final form it will take.

This month I was a featured reader as part of the Ink Tank reading series, and it was great to see old friends again and share the words with a crowd. I’ll be reading in September at my college, and again in October as part of the Louisville Unbound series.

Lastly, the project I can’t talk about is moving along as far as I know. This month I had a good phone conversation, and am waiting to hear back from the West coast. When more is set in stone I’ll cover it here.

August is here, and I’ve got time to get back to the words before classes start again. I’m happy for the time I have.

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