I have been busy with editing book one in anticipation of sending it to agents and editors, while endeavoring to keep book two alive and well or at least not forgotten, while also cogitating about short stories.
Also, although I personally lead a fulfilling existence in which I pursue creative writing as my primary endeavor, my nom-de-real-life keeps dragging me along to her day job. I don't mind humoring her, to a point (and I'm afraid her performance would suffer if I weren't there to help her with the more cognitively challenging aspects of the work), but sometimes I wonder if she's just jealous of my writing career. Perhaps she is trying to sabotage my success, whether she realizes it or not.
She's very needy, and by stepping in to solve her problems, I fear I have inadvertently nurtured a dependency. I hope to wean her of this clinginess soon, for her sake as well as mine, but it will not happen overnight.
That in mind, you will understand the necessarily brief nature of this post--but it is my pleasure to direct you toward substitute reading material. I discovered the blog maintained by Suzanne Vincent, Editor-in-Chief of Flash Fiction Online, and accepted her open invitation to ask a question of an editor.
My question had to do with conflict in fiction. I struggle with writing believable conflict, naturally, owing to my enviable blend of easygoing charm and delightful sass. Literally everybody loves me.
I had not been expecting such a lengthy and thoughtful reply, though in retrospect I should have (again: everybody loves me). Please take a look at Suzanne's thoughts on developing conflict in fiction, and try to wait patiently while I revise my novel and deal with demanding alter-egos.