Hey Laura Axelrod, What Are You Doing Now?

TypewriterWriting, of course.

For starters, I’m working on getting back in the groove with this blog. Several lifetimes ago, I was a dedicated blogger. I wrote about everything from the mundane to the political, but mostly I focused on my writing career.

About a year or so ago and with much relief, I turned off the lights on the site. With that chapter closed, I felt like I could start anew. Which is what I’ve been focused on for the past two years, along with overhauling my writing process, working on a book series, bringing a film to market and a whole host of smaller projects. I’m busier now than ever. So busy, I haven’t had time to go on the Internet to track or discuss it.

Now is the time to change that. If nothing else, blogging gives me a chance to reflect on things.

Right now, I’m working on a story about tornadoes. I thought it would be a short piece, but it has become something much larger. I would consider it a sidebar story to a much larger work. Right now, I’m writing it as a play because playwriting tends to be easier for me. I’ve done it longer and I still tend to think of things performed on a stage. However, being in my position, I still don’t have access to resources or that kind of thing. Publishing is big here – playwriting not so much. Plus, I’m not sure how people in theater would react to these characters. Culturally the country is very divided right now. That, too, is a consideration.

One thing I’ve gotten in meditation, over and over again, is that it is my responsibility as a writer to find the right audience for what I have to say. Keeping my eyes open while living in Alabama has changed me in so many ways. It has been difficult to see poverty, racism, hunger and whatnot. I know it has made me more introspective, which is one of the reasons why I have gone so quiet publicly. I can also see that it has given me more colors on my literary palette. The characters and themes I write today are a radical departure from my previous projects.

The past two years, in particular, have been educational. Being quiet on the Internet has given me the opportunity not to run with the herd. I’m so glad I made that decision.

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