First off, I'm sorry to have disappeared unexpectedly. I was at a (science) conference in Rhode Island last week, and though one would expect that wireless internet would be provided for the 70-something university professors that were there, it was not. Bygones.
After the conference, I had the chance to spend the weekend in New York to attend a wedding--the bride in a beautiful traditional wedding gown and the groom in a tuxedo and monkey cap. I also went to a Broadway play called "Red" about artist Mark Rothko, whom I've mentioned before.
Since I don't feel like I have a proper post today, I thought I'd briefly describe what I've been working on writing- and publishing-wise. In writing, I've been focusing mostly on my cannibal novella. Given that I was traveling last week, I ended up handwriting a dozen -or-so pages, and I'm quite pleased with them. I'd say I'm about 80% of the way through my first draft. I like it so far. I think I'm writing this one with the right amount of restraint and the right amount of showing. And, even though the situation is a bit extreme, I'm finding more opportunities to write about myself in this story than I have in the past, which is interesting and scary.
In publishing, I recently sent a partial of my novel Rooster to an agent who requested it several months ago. I hadn't been in the mood to deal with publishing for awhile, so I initially ignored the request. But, after a few months of "rest" I sent it out. After having been sick of this book for awhile, I finally did reread it, and I'm happy to say that I liked it more than I thought I would. Getting the manuscript ready for this latest mailing also forced me to do the last polishes on the book. Even if this agent doesn't want to represent it, I feel like it's finally ready to be published, so I'll be getting it out soon.