Alec Nevala-Lee

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Looking back at an eventful year

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A year ago, my writing life, which had always been something of a gamble, was looking more uncertain than ever. I had a draft of a novel, Kamera, that I thought was in pretty good shape—although looking back at it now, it’s humbling to realize how much more work it actually needed. I no longer had an agent, having parted ways with mine the previous year (in a story that has yet to be told). My most recent publication, my first in a while, had been a novelette in Analog that summer, but I had nothing else of note in the pipeline. And I was faced with the prospect of a fourth consecutive year of writing for a living without very much to show for it.

Now, as the year draws to a close, things are looking brighter: I have an agent, an editor, and a deal for two novels, one of which has already been finished and accepted by my publisher. (I also have this blog, which has been a real pleasure to write over the past few months.) And yet certainty still feels a long way off. That’s the nature of the writer’s life, at least for most of us: security lasts only as long as the current project, if at all, and there’s no way to tell what the future holds.

Over the next year, I’ll be taking you through the process as Kamera heads for publication in February 2012, and as I continue to push forward on my second novel, which I’m scheduled to deliver in September. I’ll have another novelette, “Kawataro,” coming out in Analog in June, and hopefully a few more surprises down the line. Much of 2011 already feels mapped out—with a novel to write and revise in just over nine months, I don’t have much of a choice. But I expect that there will be some unexpected twists as well. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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December 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Quote of the Day

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I’ve got to [write] anyway. Like beavers, you know. They chop, they eat wood, because if they don’t, their teeth grow too long and they die. And they hate the sound of running water. Drives them crazy. So, if you put those two ideas together, they are going to build dams.

—David Mamet

Written by nevalalee

December 31, 2010 at 9:53 am

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