I'm back, though, with great determination to write in earnest. Back to editing those blogs. Back to the detective novel (which, by the way, now stands at thirty-two thousand words). Back to jotting down every idea I have, in case it proves useful (in addition to enough ideas for a series of detective novels, I have a plot outlined for a separate, non-detective story that I intend to write as soon as the first detective novel is finished). Back to scouring the newspapers for gruesome stories.
Some great news today, though: I have my first credit in an online newspaper article for a review that I wrote. Take a look at it here. I feel more comfortable calling myself a writer now.