Fair Warning: This post isn’t going to be, strictly speaking, about crime fiction. So if you’re not interested in what I’ve been doing with my writing, then I am very sorry to disappoint you. Please click on to the next blog on your round and stop back tomorrow.
Oh, you’re still here? Thank you. Normally I don’t talk a lot about my writing, but a few people were nice enough to ask how it’s going. So… here goes. I had a serious setback on my writing this year (more on that in a moment), but….. I did it! I really did. I finished my fourth Joel Williams novel just in time for the end of the year – I just made my goal. That one’s for you, Maxine…
So now I have Joel Williams #3 and Joel Williams #4 done. I won’t give chapter and verse about the plots because neither is published yet, so anything about the stories could change. But if you don’t mind me saying, I’m pleased with the stories. Once I’ve gotten beta-readers who can show me where I need to improve #4 (#3 has already been beta-read), I’ll be looking for a publisher for both novels. I’m really happy about that if I may say so. I had the kind of year this past year that wasn’t, shall I say, conducive to a lot of writing, so I was proud I still met my goal. That’s all right though; obstacles are made to be overcome.
And what of my non-fiction book? Those of you who’ve been kind enough to read my blog in the past will know that I had planned out and written a few chapters of a book about crime fiction. Well…that’s where the setback comes in. In April of last year I lost all of my data – including that book – in a hard-drive disaster. Despite all of the efforts of the very highly-skilled and hardworking data retrieval experts I worked with, the non-fiction book is at the moment in small bits and tatters. Want to know what I mean? Take a jigsaw with at least a thousand pieces and separate each piece. Shake them around, dump the pieces on a table and you’ll get a sense of what my non-fiction book looks like at the moment. All of what I wrote is there, but it will take me quite a while to put it all back together. And then there’ll be the matter of adding to it. I will do that though. That’s one of those long-term projects I will be working on this year. Any king’s horses or king’s men out there?
But all in all I’ve made progress. I don’t go on about it a lot because this is a crime fiction blog more than it is a ‘How is Margot doing on her writing?’ blog. Just to let you know though…. She’s doing OK, thanks. And trust me, next time I have news that I think is interesting enough to post, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, thanks to all of you for your kind support of what I’m trying to do. Your interest and caring mean a lot. Joel Williams appreciates it too. I know. He told me.
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.