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Happily, I’m getting closer to finishing my next story.  I mentioned in a previous post that I hoped to publish my next one by the end of this year.  I don’t want to pinpoint an exact date or even an exact month, but I’m pretty confident that I will be able to meet this foretold deadline.

This story will be different from my last story, “The DiVacci Curse.”  I don’t want to give too much away, so all I can say right now is that it won’t be a ghost story.  Publishing the story will be a huge personal accomplishment and milestone for me because I first got the idea for this story and began writing it in the summer of 2000 while I was living in Pasadena as a struggling actor in Hollywood.  I had already been through a lot in life by that time and was trying to make sense of most of it.  I was also trying to decide what direction my life was going to take at that point.

Well, seventeen years later and I’m much closer than I was before.  After long, and I do mean looooong, bouts of writer’s block and a very topsy-turvy journey on the path of life that led me down many different roads and adventures, I feel that the time for me to get this story out has arrived.  The story is held together by almost twenty years of angst, frustration, fear, uncertainty, resentment, indecision, intolerance, impatience, jealousy and lots more of the darker elements of my personality.  These are aspects of my psyche that I’m not proud of, but they are a part of my past and cannot be denied…for better or for worse. I’ll leave that judgment to the readers of the story.

That’s all for now.  I’ll post again when I get a little closer to completion…or maybe my next post will be the astounding announcement that I actually finished and published the book!

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Being from Louisiana, hurricanes are a natural disaster that I am all too familiar with.  Hang in there, guys.