Large Tumblers of Bulleit

The wife and I have been hard at work for the past month writing a large chunk of our Young Adult novel. Tonight we will not only hit, but will surpass our target.

Tomorrow we will spend the day reading it out-loud, picking apart the beats. Then each of us will lay a thick red pen (or in my wife’s case a pink pen) to the lines for a final edit. Fucking masochistic.

She will then write the book summary.

I will tweak the full novel outline.

We will both pour large tumblers of Bulleit Bourbon, clink glass in celebration, attach all documents to an email, and press sent to our agent. (Hi, Doug. Told you we would have it to you by March 1.)

Monday holds more exciting possibilities that I will divulge early in the week.

Then the great re-write of my novel formerly known as ALPHA HOUSE will begin. Then maybe all of my anxiety nightmares will quiet a bit. They have really been fucking with my REM.

If all goes well, maybe there will even be time for a screening of Zombie Strippers! You have to have a goals.

That’s the latest, slackers. Hope you are having a time this weekend.

Keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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