I wrote a 52,000-word novel for NaNoWriMo in 2009.

It’s called The Shadow Out of Mind. “TSOoM.” It makes me feel warm inside.

I’ve kind of struggled with what to do with it. It felt “done enough,” but I couldn’t compare it to anything on the market. I had stopped reading stuff years before because it just wasn’t interesting. It wasn’t what I wanted to read.

There isn’t a whole lot out there that I want to read.

But sometimes when I read one of my stories, I get excited. That shouldn’t happen, I mean . . . I wrote the thing. It shouldn’t surprise me. I know what happens.

Anyway. I don’t want to talk about it like it’s all that, but I’m excited.

I think I know what I want to do with the book — finally I guess — after like, six years. It’s even based on, or an extension of, a story I started in uh, 2004? So we’re looking at something over ten years in the making. Dang, I’m old.

So, I’m going to send it to a few people and get some feedback.

It’s pretty raw, I mean, there are literally spelling mistakes and word transpositions and stuff. But those are easily fixed. It’s whether I can salvage a story out of it that matters. Right? Sheesh, maybe I’m crazy. Hopefully crazy enough to succeed.

Woo! 2016 is coming.