Being back in Boston has been amazing for the past several months—five and counting!—and I haven’t been this happy in a while. I found a great job at an amazing company, and I’ve been settling back into city life.
Writing has been going slow as I’ve been re-acclimating, but I’ve finally picked it all back up again. I’ve written a couple of short stories (one that’s going to be published along with an article I wrote!), and one I submitted to a contest (won’t say which one because I’ll probably lose anyway). I’ve also progressed on my Thriller and have even started the YA series I’ve mentioned before (which I’ve gotten great feedback on from my critique partner!).
I’m going to start back in with my blog, because as my friend Dawn keeps pointing out to me, this is something agents and even publishers will look at when considering representing me. I’ve got to rekindle my presence!
So, I’ll be talking more about my writing, as well as restarting with my reviews of books and movies.
I’ve seen about 100 movies since my last post, many of them as Advance Screenings (have I mentioned I love living in a city?), and have even seen some celebrities in the process for Q&A’s after the movies (director Edgar Wright and actors Michael Cera, Anna Kendrick and Jason Schwartzman for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, writer Aaron Sorkin and actors Jesse Eisenberg and Armie Hammer for The Social Network, and even director Danny Boyle for 127 Hours), all of which were amazing experiences.
I also went to the 2010 Boston Book Festival and got to see panel discussions from authors such as Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End), Andrew Gross (Reckless), Denis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island) and Tom Perrotta (Little Children). All were completely engrossing, but nothing was as incredible as seeing the keynote interview with Joyce Carol Oates (Rape: A Love Story, among MANY others!), whose verbal sparring with host Faith Salie (TV and radio personality… why was she hosting a book discussion?!) was the highlight of the evening…
I’ve also been reading a lot (yay!). I’m actually rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix right now (I reread the series once a year… so just making my way through them!), but finished a truly heartbreakingly witty novel called One Day by David Nicholls (which is being turned into a movie!) that I would highly recommend.
Other than that, I’m working and trying to write. I’m looking forward to going home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks, and then it’s down to Disney for Christmas! And then hopefully welcoming in the New Year with at least ONE newly finished manuscript.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from me now that everything has settled down. (I know I said that last post, but this time I mean it!)
Kyle W. Kerr