Jeff Goins, whom I admire greatly, and wish didn’t look like such a kid, wrote recently about the need to slow down and learn from the down times of life. This is not to say that he is too young to offer some much needed wisdom. Here lately, everyone looks like a kid to me: the UPS guy, my dentist, my neurosurgeon.
In typical Goins’ style he alludes to a snippet of dialogue from some cheesy B-movie to make his point. In this conversation a super hero and his sidekick reflect on the inbetween times of life.
Frank: Maybe you need to be bored sometimes.
Libby: You don’t see them bored in comic books.
Frank: That’s what happens in between the panels.
Libby: Wow, in between the panels! Is that where we are right now?
If you would like to glean more of Goins’ thoughts on living in the inbetween, you can read the first third of the book for free here. As for me, my writing life is between the panels but far from boring. But because that part of me is fairly private for the moment, this blog will be in limbo for a while.
This doesn’t mean I ‘m chilling out, catching up on Dr. Who and watching the sandpipers as they continue their constant pursuit of a meal while avoiding the Gulf waves. In fact, here is what is happening with me during this time between the panels.
Works in Progress – Yes, I said works. For the first time in months I am pushing ahead with Gone now that I finally know how that story should end. That novel should be through the second draft by end of the year. I am also in the process of plotting out and building the story world of a piece of distant future dystopian fiction that is a total departure from my usual suspense genre and beginning to give me the uneasy feeling I am writing Young Adult fiction with a female lead. Think Hunger Games without the game, Wool, and shades of The Book of Eli. This is what happens when you spend a couple of months of late night pain after a car wreck.
Fan Fiction – Yes, I will be releasing a novella on Amazon next April or May that fits into the story world of a wildly popular series (also dystopian) with the author’s blessing. This will be under a pseudonym but you get to know who the mystery writer is if you promise not to tell anyone.
Not so Personal Stuff – Some who read my blog know that I am a follower of Christ and even a few know that I am an elder (think unpaid preacher/teacher) in my church fellowship. Fellow writer, Marc Schooley, author of Nightriders, understands. Needless to say, this requires what few gray matter I have left so weekends on off limits to blog writing for now.
My point is that blogging will be sporadic for the time being. The newsletter will continue (meaning start back up) during this time so we will keep in touch. My Facebook page remains active and I plan to post a good deal more. Until then, enjoy your times between the panels, get Jeff Goins’ book, and stay in touch. So what’s happening in your inbetween times?