2013: Looking Back on My Year in Writing

2013 looks like it might take the title for me as the most prolific writing year I ever had. Here are the highlights:

January – May

  • Published the paperback version of Beauty Rising
  • Wrote mini-musical “Captured in Time & Space” and the short play “No in Spite of Itself”
  • Started writing my third novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree
  • Finished and submitted my Master’s thesis (about 75 pages including citations – approved in May.): NINETEEN FORTY-FIVE INDOCHINA BETWEEN RHETORIC AND REALITY: The Shifting Policies of the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations

June – August

  • Finished writing my third novel in early July.
  • Wrote seven short plays – “Black & White”, “Skydiver”, “The Loudest Child in Church”, “I Once Was Blind”, “Jerome, The Malevolent God-King”, “The Giant Squid that Ate Georgetown”
  • Finished final editing for my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller

Sept – Dec

  • My play “No in Spite of Itself” won best script in 2013 Short & Sweet Festival Penang
  • Published my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller  (Oct)
  • My musical “Captured in Time & Space” and “Almighty Might” were performed as part of the Short & Sweet Festival KL
  • I wrote (with a group of student writers) a full-length musical, Boardwalk Melody, to be produced in 2014.
  • I directed my drama troupe’s production of “RLT Players present ‘Captured in Time & Space.'”
  • I wrote a Christmas short story, “Angel on the Courthouse”, for my hometown paper “The Butler Eagle”.
  • I started writing my fourth novel. To be finished in 2014.

Very fun and productive year. Much more to look forward to in 2014! I’ll highlight that in my next post.

Too many dreams in my head

Here’s the problem I have with writing – I have too much to write!

Status check:

1st novel published.

2nd novel finished. Publication date: 2013

3rd novel started. Finish date, summer 2013

4th novel in my head. Start date ?

5th novel?? (I’ll think of something, probably soon.)

There are so many possibilities. I feel inspired by unexpected places, and there are so many destinations yet to explore, so many characters yet to craft, so many settings yet to describe.

Ideas, I have. Time, I do not.

But I must admit that it is MUCH better than the alternative.

Imagine if it was like this: ‘Time, I have. Ideas, I do not.’

For now, I’m content to dream in my head and hope the percolating will enrich the content even more.  Someday, these dreams will be stories.

I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

PS: This doesn’t include my drama writing.  7 full-length plays and 15 short plays completed.  1 new short comedy and 1 short musical recently written. 6 more to go for our fall production.  Then full-length play number 8 to be written in fall 2013.  So much to do! I love it.