As I mentioned in an earlier post I've been away from my ongoing project Appearances: A Novel in 365 Fragments.
As things stand I'm about 50 pages into the project after 9 months of working on it.
Today I read through the whole thing slowly and carefully. I made some edits and added a few lines. And I started meditating about what should happen next.
While Tammy is a straight ahead exploration of scary id-ish things, Appearances is idea driven work with a sort of allegorical collage structure, all laid out in numbered fragments. I'm a little more than a third of the way through a first draft.
I'm doubting I'll make my goal of a first draft by the end of this year. But who knows. Sometimes I go for days without being able to add anything to it. And then, all of a sudden, I'll have a day when I come up with a few additional fragments.
There's an interesting associational logic working through the project, a sort of philosophical inquiry about the Nature of Things going on. It's recognizably my writing. And, yet, I've never written anything quite like it before.