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Writers in the Heartland - I've been awarded a residency

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Exciting news. I just confirmed today that I'll be one of a handful of authors that will be attending a residency at Writers in the Heartland this October. They only take ten authors a year. I'll have a week in a house out in the middle of Illinois, three square meals a day and nothing but time to write.

Now the hard part, what to write? Do I get a bunch of stories started, play around with some steampunk, neo-noir, edgy lit, horror, magical realism, and aim high with journals and magazines? Or do I start my third novel? I have an idea for the third one (I'm shopping my second, Disintegration right now) that might be steampunkish, in the Stephen King, Dark Tower kind of way, with a tentative title of Incarnate. I was able to write 40,000 words in one week for Disintegration, over four days, can I keep up that 10k word pace over seven days? Time to do some research and re-read some books that have inspired me in the past.

Whatever I write, don't worry, it'll be dark, sexy and strange. In other words, the usual.