Ten years of Abby Irene

This morning, I meant to go for a run. And then I looked out the window and realized it was the other kind of glorious October New England day–the kind that comes with a steady cold rain. I actually got as far as putting on my running clothes and looking at the weather map before I realized that I’m forty-one now, and have been fighting off a cold for a few days, and I actually am old enough to know better.

So I did yoga instead, and some living-room cardio, and will groom the dog tonight and go for a run tomorrow and kayaking on Sunday. Excelsior!

Yesterday, I finished going over the page proofs for the New Amsterdam collection Garrett Investigates, which should be out very soon in ebook from Subterranean. It comprises the previously uncollected New Amsterdam stories along with one long new piece, and reading over it was very, very interesting indeed.

You see, the earliest story in the collection is the very first Garrett story I ever wrote, “Almost True.” Which is about ten years old at this point. And the most recent one, “The Body of the Nation,” was written this past summer. So the collection really does provide a quick overview of my development as a writer.

It was nice to see that I seem to have gotten somewhat better at this. I take myself a lot less seriously than I used to, and am much better about letting things be funny or wry, varying the emotional tone, and giving the characters a chance to shine than I used to be. I actually caught myself chuckling at my own jokes occasionally, which was really encouraging.

And dammit, I still miss you-know-who.

Of course, despite the fact that there are not currently any further plans for more New Amsterdam stories, I walked away from the proofing job full of ideas for a story about Ruth and Mary in the 1970s, and one about Garrett and Cuan in the 1880s and the 1940s. We’ll just file that under, “get to it when the deadlines permit,” I guess.

In other news, it’s time to get back to outlining Steles of the Sky. I’m actually a little nervous about this. I have the third-book-in-a-trilogy “How am I ever going to pull this off?!” jitters.

Peace out.

Posted: Friday, October 19th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm
Categories: Audio, Bibliography, Bibliography 2013, Bibliography 2013 Collections, Writing, Writing Stories.
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