Obligatory Wishing of the Happiness for the New Year

2015 was survived. Now, we’ve got another one to get through.

This year, it is my hope that MEDOUSA will in fact be published. As you may recall from a previous post, I am still waiting to hear whether or not the Virginia Kidd Agency feels confident enough to take a chance on my novel. If they do not, then I shall go on to publish on my own. In any case, it will be another week, possibly ten days, until I know.

I have a few other projects that I do want to work on, almost all of them derivative. There’s an unnecessary sequel to MEDOUSA that I am writing, but am not at all sure I want to publish. I have a SciFi adaptation of the story of Pygmalion that I’d like to write– except that everyone from Mary Shelley to Alex Garland has already done this story, and far better than I’m sure I could. So I’ll need to think about what I could bring to the story that others have not yet brought. I have a few short stories in mind to write, including one about Wonder Woman, seeing as this year marks her 75th anniversary as a character. I may even go back to trying my hand at some poetry.

So, my year is looking full for the time being. I have other, more mundane things I must tend to, of course: Renewing my commitment to martial training (which really took a back seat whilst I was writing my first novel), recovering from a meniscal tear, finding a new job that pays respectably, and, it is to be hoped, let’s me engage in something I enjoy doing, and drawing down my weight and increasing my cardiac health.

But what I’m really looking forward to this year, is publication.

I hope you all have a pleasant New Year, and I hope you all meet with success in your endeavours.

About Michael Butchin

I was born, according to the official records, in the Year of the Ram, under the Element of Fire, when Johnson ruled the land with a heavy heart; in the Cradle of Liberty, to a family of bohemians. I studied Chinese language and literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I spent some years in Taiwan teaching kindergarten during the day, and ESOL during the evenings. I currently work as a faceless drone in a corporate call center, and am an unlikely martial artist. I have spent much of my life amongst actors, singers, movie stars, beautiful cultists, Taoist immortals, renegade monks, and at least one martial arts tzaddik. I currently reside in my dead grandparents’ house, alone, with an impressive collection of martial arts weapons, where I practice and train daily. I am not currently on any medications.
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