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No News is Nothing New

I’ve completely failed my simple new year’s goal: to take up more space. We’re on another round of lockdowns and the general population isn’t getting a vaccine here until June so it’s teeth gritting time with case counts rising. With the news, nonstop baby and child demands, and too many people we know dying… it’s been a lot.

But, I have finished writing the first book in a duology that I absolutely adore. This book saved my sanity the last year at home. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can tell you this book is set in an alternate world 1920’s Chinatown. There are fairies, shape shifters, witches, cannibals, and a case of mistaken identity. Maybe it sounds bonkers, but it’s sooo fun. Someday I hope you all get to meet Maricel and Corwin.

Still, book Twitter has been heavy lately, and I’ve been thinking about all the aspiring BIPOC writers who gave up and all the published BIPOC writers and editors who left the industry. I know there’s a lot of anger, and I don’t blame any of them for leaving, or staying but remaining bitter. I haven’t even sold a book, and I’m so tired of it all. It feels like swimming upstream trying to get any kind of support and then you have to figure out who’s being genuine or not. I wonder how many folks were never on social media, or didn’t find community there, or got mistreated but never spoke up, and just quietly left with their crushed dreams in hand. That makes me so sad.

2 Comments to “No News is Nothing New”

  1. I for one truly hope you keep at it, keep your dreams fresh and alive, and keep striving.

    This book of yours does sound bonkers – but in an Oh-So-Good way! I’d read that no questions!

    I won’t belabor you with empty aphorisms and affirmations. Hard work isn’t all it takes to get to the top. It also takes a healthy helping of good luck and right-place-right-time, etc., and that’s not something any aspiring author can recreate. I just hope, for me and for you, that continuing at it will lead to good things in the end! I can only hope because that’s all I have.

    1. I am as stubborn as a goat, so I’ll still be here working for that shot however long it takes. Gotta hold on to the hope, however tiny that glimmer may be. I am hoping for good news soon-ish, or at least… any news.

      I fully expect to see your books in print someday Stephen! I’ll keep that bit of hope for all of us.

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