Let’s do this again.
The Sandman, B24 Liberator, photo by Jerry J. Joswick,
It’s been 8 months since my last post, and over a year since the last actual writing article. That’s…disappointing. True to what I stated in one of my final regular posts (that was 18 Sep 2013, for crying out loud), my writing time was devoured by my graduate program. Last August, I finally completed my master’s degree in military history. It was an intense program, and I am quite proud of the accomplishment. In fact, since graduating, I’ve been expanding on my final research paper in the hopes of submitting it to an academic journal or popular history magazine. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I hope to write a book on the topic.
For the foreseeable future, I intend to focus on historical research and nonfiction writing. As you can imagine, writing history takes significant time in terms of research, let alone the actual composition. But as I’ve mentioned before, history is an exciting source of creative writing inspiration. I think that the slumbering The Desolation War stories will be all the better once I can return to them.
My last short story was The Vacuum Isn’t Crazy About Nature, Either. It was also my most successful in terms of feedback and downloads.
I intend to keep The Weathered Journal active, as I still need a creative outlet that isn’t appropriate for my history blog, Fog and Friction. You’ll see short stories, flash fiction, occasional updates on Maladine, and anything else that I think can spark creativity. I also intend to share snippets of my nonfiction writing, and hope that you find it enjoyable as well. The comic strip President Jeff, which enjoyed an encouraging level of success, is on a bit of a hiatus since there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything we want. Jeff will return (we continue to develop story lines), but let’s just say he needs some more time at Martha’s Vineyard.
I’m curious if any of you writers out there also have nonfiction writing interests. If so, what? And if you’re primarily a reader, do you read both nonfiction and fiction?
Thanks for you continued encouragement and support. I admit I’ve been quite a blog and Twitter lurker over the past year and a half. I think it’s time to reintroduce myself. See you soon!