I used to blog quite a bit. I had an editor years ago who told me I had to have an internet presence. As much as I disliked the idea of regularly writing modern personal essays (because that's basically what a blog is), I sucked it up and did it, writing about teaching, parenting, writing, politicking, and a little bit of everything else. It was eclectic at best and insane at worst. As time went on and I became more engrossed in writing and teaching that actually made money, that I didn't stress over, that didn't seem forced, I let the blog fall to the wayside. One night, in a mad fit, I deleted the whole thing. "I'm done with this nonsense," I told myself.
Now I'm back.
This time though, in order to keep away that strange "this is forced" feeling, I have a specific goal for my blog. I'm tracking my progress as I search for an agent for my latest novel. Anyone who wants to come with me is welcome. I'm hoping that getting my thoughts, processes, and ideas down here, in a public forum, will help all of us. After all, maybe someone will read a post and see a glaring mistake--a distinct possibility--and can share that knowledge with me and anyone following. Nothing I have done to get here or will do in the future is an exact science. Chances are, as I go, I may even ask my readers a few questions....
Anyway, when I manage to lockdown an agent, I'll track my progress with that. When I get a book deal, see publication, etc, I'll track my progress there as well. Then I'll track whatever comes next.
Or... I'll have another mad fit and delete it all again.
It's a writer's life I guess.
Come back on Saturday July 14 to gechusum. It's going to be all about the writing that came before the agent search. Baby steps folks.
AE Stueve is a writer and a teacher.