Progress Report, in which I find a place of my own

At last, all my critiques are done.  Now I have to start a couple of critiques.

Funny how that works.

It’s like this:  the contest over at Codex is over, but them participants as are willing may participate in a critique swap of entire novels.  Not committed to a new project yet, and in need of feedback on Wet Work, I signed on.  So now I have two full novels to read and critique.  The rewrite of "The Hills" will have to wait a bit.  Do try to contain your disappointment.

I also spent a bit of the past week in a reflective mode.  Year-end assessments will do that to you, I guess.  A documentary I watched on J.K. Rowling (an extra on the latest Harry Potter disc) contributed to the contemplation.  It occurred to me as I watched it that Rowling, in creating Hogwarts, found and claimed a place of her own.  She’s hardly the first; she won’t be the last.  Stephen King has Castle Rock.  Jeff VanderMeer has Ambergris.  And you know, it seems to me that it’s possible–possible, mind you–that I might have found a place of my own, too . . . and it’s Petra.

No, I’m not comparing myself to these well established authors.  I’m not as arrogant as all that–not yet, anyway.  But seriously, folks, I love that prison planet.  I know most of you out there know next to nothing about it, but I am drawn there, and I feel like it’s mine.

So my faith in Petra has been renewed.  The publishing world hasn’t heard the last of it, and neither have you, I’m afraid.

Anyway, onward.

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