It feels to me like every time I come back here it's the same sort of thing. I talk about how I haven't been here in ages and talk about what I've been doing since then and what I'm working on at the moment, and then I go away for a while and I rinse and repeat.
Well, I've pretty much always got a million billion things happening, but some of them are happening and some of them are not. Like the 20 minute film my friend, an ex-film student wanted me to write and direct, is not really happening at all. My semi-autobiographical poetry collection isn't really happening, and never really had much happening in the first place. My bizarro novellas go through stages of intense happening followed by months of tumbleweed nothing happening.
I started my third year of creative writing at uni a few weeks ago, and as such, my main focus is about making stuff happen. Getting short stories and poems published. Talking to writers and publishers. Going to literary gigs in my hometown and doing the occasional poetry recital. Since the last time I was here, I've had a few more reject letters notched into my belt, and I'm getting the odd story worked into my student magazine here and there. No nationwide publications, no professional literary magazines.
What I'm planning on submitting over the following few months, well, there's the MWC entry here, which I haven't done in quite a while, and a bizarro anthology, both of which I'm about half way through, and (eventually) I'll write a story for the Newgrounds Writing Anthology. I've also written around 4,000 words of fictional blog posts over the past month or so that was sort of a warm up for one of my creative writing units at uni this semester, and I've turned it into a 28 page zine, which will hopefully work it's way onto zine tables at local poetry gigs and perhaps even a local bookstore, so I could start actually selling some of my writing.
On top of that, I've been doing a lot of reading, especially over the holidays. I've taken a huge influence lately from writers such as Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, D. Harlan Wilson, Tao Lin, Alan Moore and Andersen Prunty.
Now, while I'm not making any promises, I'm not planning on just vanishing again, only to reappear a couple months down the track with more blah blah on how my writing is treating me. I'd like to hang around and talk writing with some of you guys, whether it be books, what you're working on, or the mechanics of writing in general.