Two Novels in Progress and a New Resolve

The coast at Santa Barbara where my novel Requiem Lake begins
The coast at Santa Barbara where my novel Requiem Lake begins

After a break of about five months, I’m writing again, trying to pick up where I left off in two different works. The break lasted longer than I thought it would. I assumed I’d restart the process shortly after January 1st, but, as they say, life got in the way. We sold the house we’d been living in for more than 25 years, bought another house, and moved half-way across the country. All of that would have been daunting enough, but doing it in the middle of a pandemic added a layer of challenge that slapped us around more than we’d anticipated. Yesterday we traded in our California drivers’ licenses for Texas versions, marking an end to our physical and bureaucratic transition. Our psychological and emotional transition continues. Writing again should help.

Resuming work on Nick Temple File no. 6, The Heidelberg Gap, has been a smooth process that consists of reading what I’ve already written, reviewing my notes, and doing a bit of online research to take me back to the late spring, early summer of 1968. I drafted a new chapter that, once finished, struck me as too mundane until I figured out how to weave it into a thread that has treason at its heart. I haven’t picked up my other work in progress, Requiem Lake. I have yet to clearly define that story’s arc; every attempt I make results in turns that are darker than I’d expected, something I don’t seem prepared to address at the moment. So, the plan is to finish The Heidelberg Gap (15k words and counting) and then let Requiem Lake take me wherever it may. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you’re looking to catch up, Nick Temple File nos. 1 -5 and my other works are available here.