New week, new sights

by Joni Abilene

I’m starting off this week with a slump so maybe I’ll end it with a whole bunch of energy, right? Last week closed on a down note, but I’ve moved away from that and have started writing again, albeit tired slow, writing. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m actively working on something. Basically I’m finishing up the Johnny Cool novelette for a collection of pieces that I’ll most likely publish in November. You never know what’s going to happen so I’m not going to swear by it, but hopefully I’ll have the collection ready to go by then. So far the title is Tales of Woodsocket, but that sounds kinda boring. I don’t know. I might call it Woodsocket, USA. I kind of love the vibe of that one, but again, we’ll see.

What I love about Johnny Cool is he just rolls and takes life as it comes, and it’s not like anything changes him—he’s pretty much set as a human—but he’s totally willing to be taken somewhere or led to another way of life as a means to learn and grow, which is probably a reflection of what I’m going through. But in general, I love characters/people who see life as a constant lesson. Johnny has a lot of weaknesses which he allows to sort of ‘divert’ him to, again, another means of thought, or rather, something he hasn’t experienced yet and knows he must in order to reach some higher realm of understanding. He’s rather comical the way he deals with things, maybe that’s what I enjoy the most. Johnny cracks me up. He’s a fun guy to be around. And, of course, I’m talking about fiction, so I’m a freak.

But, yeah, I hope to finish this by November. It’s kind of exciting . . . and scary. But it ain’t boring. Amen.