Thursday, February 5, 2015
On the work front, I'm back at J.D. Young, the printing company I worked for through high school and college. I went back shortly after my last "State of the Human." By about April or so I got moved to the print department, and now spend my time babysitting robots and troubleshooting paper jams. It's dull, but I have lots of time to write, so I won't complain...
Speaking of writing: I've been sending out EHUD to agents, and despite several revisions and versions of my query letter, I have yet to get any interest. So, until I have some other publishing credits to my name, EHUD is effectively dead... The querying process is also why I never put the promised last chapter on this blog. Apparently, that might constitute as "previous publication," and would be looked upon unfavorably by agents. In December '14, I finished the first draft of Dear Sir, You Shall Taste My Blistering Fury. I haven't started editing it yet, but look to start in April. Hopefully by the end of this year, it'll be done and ready for querying. In the mean time, I've finished a short story, which I will shortly begin peddling to online magazines, and have begun my third novel, Compulsively Yours, based on my short film of the same name. (this one.) It can be considered a loose prequel to EHUD. Yes, I'm crazy like that.
On the romance front... That girl I mentioned last year? Didn't work out. Never ended up meeting her. However, I did meet someone else, which led me into perhaps the most surreal period of my life. For a period in late summer of 2014, I had my very own manic pixie dream girl. Yeah, it was weird. I'd known her for a while through church, then suddenly she was bursting into my life, challenging me to break my boundaries, get out of the house, live! We went out to late-night pubs, we went line dancing, we went to an outdoor movie and got drunk. It was amazing! But then it turned out she had a boyfriend, and things got weird, and we drifted apart... though we still occasionally talk. Right now I've just started with a fellow writer who lives over a hundred miles away. Maybe it'll turn into something, maybe not. Who knows?
Okay, okay, what else... Oh! Okay: I've started running and weight lifting. Still can't seem to dip below 291 (I don't know why, but that is the oddly specific weight I maintain month after month), but I'm slowly getting healthier.
And saving the best for last: I done got a new dog: Spuds. (See top of post)
And that... is the State of the Human going into 2015. Goals for next year's update? And agent and a girlfriend, maybe with some publishing credits. Time will tell...