More Than I Can Chew
I thought it might be helpful, or at the very least interesting, to keep track of the writing projects that I've been plugging away at. I don't often just sit down and write a thing. I cobble together minutes here and there throughout the week, which means I'm not often in the right "space" to work on the same thing twice. I write to channel and release my emotions, so if I'm having a shitty day I need to work on something where I can get out all the shitty.
In any case, here is a list of the items that I have been working on. It's a pretty big list, and other things keep getting added to it all the time. Hence: more than I can chew, at least with the writing time I have at the moment.
Welcome to My (Rage) Garden - I'm taking out some of my anger on my crappy back patio, and have had a few epiphanies along the way.
In The Middle - In the timeline of my family's history, there are many befores and afters. Before my dad's paralysis and after. Before we left Hawai'i and after. This piece is about another significant before and after - my brother's birth. Something happened in our family when my brother was born premature at 28 weeks. I always thought I was "just" another whiny middle child. Digging deeper reveals that something larger was at work. But when did it actually begin?
The Complaints Department - Another piece about my mom and how taking care of her during her final months brought up so many difficult and painful relationship patterns.
Who Decides When It's Oversharing? A video I watched warning Moms about "oversharing" on FaceBook made me really angry, and I retaliated by...half writing a post and keeping it in my admin page. But really, I'm mad. I promise. Finished!
Susanna: Shining a Light on Postpartum Depression. But what kind of light is it? - The Wigs series Susanna is supposed to be about Postpartum Depression, but I was incredibly uncomfortable with the way the story played out. I loved Anna Paquin's performance, but that's about all I loved.
My Atheist Marriage - I am angered by the claim that gay marriage should be illegal because it is against the bible's version of marriage. I reject outright the idea that I am adhering to a biblical standard of marriage simply because I am in a heterosexual union and think that if we allow civil marriages, then we are already rejecting the idea of the bible as a standard for marriage. Okay, maybe I don't need to elaborate because that's all I really have to say but I want to elaborate anyway.
Guest Post for On Fecund Thought - Lauren was gracious enough to agree to a post swap and I'm thrilled to try my hand at writing for somewhere that's not "just my dumb blog." We're hammering out all the details and I can't wait to see this come to fruition. Thank you, Lauren!
Inaina - I started this in March and haven't gotten back around to it. This story stars "Manny," a Hawaiian man living in the mainland, wondering where his life is headed after his fiancée is killed.
The Last of the Evening Primroses - A conversation between two people just kind of got onto the page while I was sitting at a blank screen trying to work on something entirely different. This is your typical coming of age story, fraught with (what else) grief and loss and hard-learned lessons about friendship and family. Not even going to pretend. Working out some mother issues in this one.
The Debutante Cloth - (Novel) The last completed painting that Dante and Luca have from their mother's collection might be worth enough to solve the brothers' financial problems, but Dante refuses to sell it. Luca uses renewed interest in his mother's artwork and apparent suicide to restart his music career while Dante fights to keep family secrets from being revealed.
In The Flesh - (Novella) Cadence leaves her long-time boyfriend and moves back in with her judgemental mother. Marcus, Cadence's often absent and world-travelling lover, encourages her to make use of their open relationship. Many sexploits ensue, but when Marcus is incommunicado for far longer than they had agreed, she slips into a deep depression that begins to fracture her fragile grip on reality.
The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchannan - I won an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and have been in love with it ever since. I've won a few books from Goodreads and this is so far and above the greatest of them that it's in its own category. It's spectacular, and I have been wanting to rave about it. I fear I might have to read it again first to get a few things straight, though. It's a wonderful problem to have!