I've finally reached a decision about the manuscript I wrote in 2014 -> I'm not going to pursue publishing it this year. While I'm really proud of myself for writing so much - about 80,000 words at last count - I'm not really happy with the direction that the book took and with the quality of the story I chose to tell. It's just too predictable, too cliche, for me to be really proud of it. Certainly, I might go back and try to revise it at some point in my life, but I don't feel any real calling to do that as of now. For those of you who shared kind words as you read parts of my story, thank you so much. It was hard for me to share my writing publicly, and I appreciate your kindness more than you know.
You might also remember that I had a fabulous idea for a book during NaNoWriMo in 2015, but I had great difficulty trying to get the words out for the story. I still think it's a great idea, but I'm not pushing myself to make that book happen right now either. I may pick it up again in November of this year or maybe even when I'm traveling this summer, but I'm not too worried about it as of now. The story will still be there, even if I'm not ready to keep writing it just yet.
I thought you might appreciate the heads up on my writing status as of now. The real question at this point becomes, what story must I tell right now? And I don't know the answer to that just yet.