By way of introduction, I’ll explain why I named this blog The Distance Writer. On the surface, it seems a neat and creative fusion of my two passions in life: Distance Running and Writing. But there’s a lot more to it below the surface.
When I run, something magical happens in my mind. Stories surface from the creative pool, characters come forth, plots percolate and develop. It’s exhilarating and, added to the endorphin rush from the physical exertion of running, expands my very soul.
But The Distance Writer has a darker meaning, tucked in the shadows where the cobwebs grow.
I’ve written many short stories, four of which are published. My latest, In the Wake of Silence, is featured in Slice Literary Magazine‘s current issue (Spring/Summer 2012 Issue 10 Growing Up, on bookstore shelves April 2012). But I’ve not been able to transition from short fiction to novel-length work. My first attempt, an unfinished manuscript of 22 chapters, was finally shelved last year. Attempt #2, a work-in-progress I refer to as Piper Crow, is slow-going. I’m determined to finish. I’m afraid I’ll fail. Again.
So, The Distance Writer is me, going the distance, dedicated to achieving the lifelong goal of writing a novel, despite my fears and botched attempts.
Surges and setbacks, pulled muscles and muses, triumphs of the pen and pace — all will be documented here. Cheerleaders welcome. 🙂
Thanks for visiting the start line. Gun’s about to go off. Ready. Set……GO