Breaking the Silence

IMG_2454 copyWhat do you write when your last post came out over a year ago? Do you just upload a super cute beachy pic of your family and hope that will distract everyone enough that you can just pretend it didn’t happen?

Did it work? No? Damn.

As 2013 draws to a close, the Artz family still finds itself in beautiful Finland. We’ve spent every year we’ve been here suspecting it would be our last, and this year is no different. The recent news that Microsoft would buy Matt’s particular portion of Nokia means that uncertainty remains.

That said, it’s been an amazing year. My favorite part of this year is that I’m writing again. OK, not blogging much obviously, but writing stories. And that’s even better (for me, at least).

This summer, we spent a few glorious weeks in Andalusia. While we ambled through the rather dry, desolate countryside, I started thinking about how, like a Twinkie, this remote landscape could remain unchanged even in the craziest sort of apocalyptic scenario. Like if the polar icecaps melted and, at the same time, bird flu killed off a huge chunk of the population. Fun stuff, right?

Well, I thought it was fun, and a great setting for a story for my avid reader son, Gabriel. So in November, as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I wrote a book about it.

I do hope to show up here a little more frequently than I did this year, but my main goal for 2014 is to write something and get it published. The first step was to make writing a habit again. I think I’ve managed that. The next step is to get as many eyes on what I’m writing as possible. So I submitted the first three chapters of my novel, The Outlands, to JukePop Serials as part of a contest they’re running for NaNoWriMo authors.

I don’t yet know how I feel about coming out with a new story in such a hugely public manner. I’ve certainly never done this with any of my other stories or the forever unpublished first novel I wrote a decade ago. But you can bet I’ll let you know what I think, maybe even in a timely fashion, although I make no promises.

In the meantime, if you’re curious, take a look at The Outlands and give it a +Vote if you’re so inclined.