Friday, February 26, 2010

Excuses, excuses

I just wanted to pop in quickly to explain my current bloggy absence and to say that it may drag out for a while. You see, I'm writing my first novel!

The idea to write a novel came about quite suddenly- one day I'm the midst of an existential crisis and the next I've decided that I was going to write a novel. It's been an amazingly enriching process, but I won't lie, it's hard to find the time for it. I'm not saying this because I'm a busy mama, oh no, there's more to it than that! Over the last two weeks I've had a very sick husband and little girl in the house. Matt is going on being sick for TWO weeks and it isn't letting up. Poor sweetie. Iris's illness was fairly quick, but it left me housebound with one sick kid and one hyperactive kid for more time than I really wanted. Despite all of this, I'm finding time to be creative and have written more than 11,000 words (over 50 pages!) so it's all coming along nicely. Matt has done a first round of editing for me, just guiding me down the right track at this point. I can't lie, it was pretty exciting to hear his praise over the work I've already done! Of course, he has to say that, I'm married to him, but I very much believe that he's not going to fill my head full of fluff just to make me feel better. I don't think I would be able to do this level of writing without my very own in-house editor.

The story I'm working on is based on actual events from my teenage-hood. I went through some pretty insane, difficult stuff (over a boy, of course!) so I felt that telling the story would make for a great young adult novel. Going back and focusing on some of these memories that are close to 20 years old now has been quite a trip. Once I got over the tears and sadness about reliving it the writing hasn't been as hard, emotionally, as I thought it would be. What IS hard is cramming two years worth of heavy drama in to a normal length novel! Stephenie Meyer I am not, as much as I would like to be!, so there will be plenty of editing down my thoughts.

Everyone is sleeping now, so off I go to do some more editing and writing! Thanks for sticking around. I am still keeping up with my Twitter account, so follow me there at http://twitter.com/SybilRyan. This is a change from my previous Twitter handle, so make sure you're following the right account!

5 comments:

  1. How exciting!!! I am here if you ever need any other input. (I am sooooo curious!!!)
    :)

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  2. I'm so excited for you!!! I would love to try to eek out some time for an informal writer's group. Maybe it would help motivate me to get going again on the YA novel I started last summer.

    Is that why Matt hasn't called me back because he's been sick? Poor guy. And poor Mama for having to take care of everyone! :(

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  3. I'm really impressed at how much you've written so far. Hope things are still chugging along for you!

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  4. Oh, I wanted to add: You've inspired me to get back to work on my novels. Thank you for the inadvertent kick in the pants!

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