Projects In The Works
It’s a gorgeous spring Wednesday afternoon in Minneapolis, and I am drinking ginger-spice tea at my usual watering hole (the non-alcoholic watering hole, that is) and thinking about the writing projects I’m working on (or at least conceptualizing) instead of working on my Psychopathology take-home test. So I thought I’d blog a bit about what I’ve been working on and thinking about. It’s very different than Purge: Rehab Diaries, which is cool, because as much as I like my book, it’s exciting to be investigating and writing about new subjects.
1. The Gun Book. This started with a livingsocial voucher for a “45 minute handgun experience” at a local sporting goods store. I’d never shot a gun before, but I really enjoyed shooting. I’m exploring shooting and hunting as a woman, as well as gun laws (they vary significantly by state) and society’s perceptions of guns, and women and guns. So far I’ve taken some handgun classes, and passed my Minnesota Fire Arms Safety class (hunter’s education). I have lots more plans in the works, and I’ve got a nice chunk of the book written. This is the project I am most excited about.
2. The Greyhound Mini-Book. In 2002 I took the Greyhound cross-country for one month. I wrote about my experience for my PSU thesis, and I recently dug it out and reread it. I like the idea of revising it and self-publishing it just for fun, or posting it on my blog, by section. It would be a fun little project. The Gun Book logistics can get a little overwhelming, so this would be a good project for when I need a break from The Gun Book.
3. The Poetry Manuscript. I have enough poems for a chapbook, and I can’t decide whether to pursue chapbook publication or hold out for a book-length manuscript. I’m leaning toward a book-length manuscript, in part because I have no idea how to organize the poems I currently have into a manuscript.
So that’s what I’m up to. Some of you know I was working on a boarding school novel. That was an epic fail, but that’s okay.