Helping others—service—has been a huge focus for me over the last 8 years. It's important that we give back. It's why I volunteer for the Red Cross, why I started WilyWriters.com, and why I edit people's short stories.
I'll still be working on others' stories in the writers group, but I'll also get quid pro quo from them. And it's rather delightful. Tonight, they gave me three viewpoints worth of feedback on my short story "The Last Zombie," and it was awesome! I can't wait to sit down (tomorrow) and do one or two final revision passes on it.
The little fiction writer inside me has taken a breath again. Tomorrow, she stretches.
I've been reading and re-reading Caitlín R. Kiernan's novels lately because I'm interviewing her at World Horror Con, and once again, I'm blown away by her prose. She has a knack for evoking dread and wonder that I rarely see in the books I read. Going back through her bibliography in a relatively short time has also allowed me to see her growth as a writer. It's fascinating to see the stylistic changes she's made from book to book, and to examine her choices of character and voice. She's clearly someone who takes her art seriously and who has taken risks with her writing.
Day after tomorrow, I kick-off a 90-day push to finish a first draft of my novel. May the word gods have mercy on my soul.