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Lake Michigan, Petoskey, Music of Sacred Lakes, Odawa, nature writing, spiritual fiction, speculative supernatural, Thornton Wilder, Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, Nick Adams Stories

Here’s the photo on my desktop right now, taken last summer when we went camping near Petoskey, Michigan, so I could do some final research on the new novel I was writing, Music of Sacred Lakes. Yes, Lake Michigan is really that perfect (and that’s just a small inlet of the lake), and I hope to do it justice in this novel of a young man reconnecting with his life through the haunting dreams of a girl he killed and the voice of a lake that won’t let him die.

I wrote the novel in just 3 weeks, so quickly that my carpal tunnel flared up and I had to take a break. Going back to look at it now, I can see that some relationships need further development in the story, and a lot of narrative summary and exposition from me telling the story to myself needs to be transitioned into immediate scene. Actually, I have a list of about 15 different issues to track and work out. But really, I don’t think it’s going to take me all that long to clean this one up and make it what it wants to be. Whether I self-publish this one and get it out to you quickly or go the traditional route depends on how agents and publishers react to it and how much of a success they think they can help it be. A few agents have already asked to see my next project, who liked The Little Seer‘s writing but not its controversial content, so maybe this could happen quickly either way. But whether someone champions it or I self-publish it, this is the next novel headed your way from my head and heart, and I hope to have it to you very soon.

I’m also working up some short stories that are more contemporary dark fantasy, all about the different ways the spiritual and physical worlds might intersect. That collection I’m thinking of breaking up and bringing to you a few stories at a time as well as putting them out as a full collection later this year. Just wanted to let you know what I’m up to, since I just fell off the map after The Little Seer blog tour. I hope you will enjoy reading these stories as much as I am writing them. I really think they have something special you will love.