Forever Stairs

It’s been a long trek.

But the trek continues

I’ve had to sacrifice time that I might have spent on this blog in favor of the final rewrites of the first volume in the series of A Wizard’s Life.

I apologize to you who wait so patiently.

To those who have sent notes of encouragement: Thank You. Your kind thoughts are truly appreciated.

To those who have requested an update to the status of the project: The rewrites continue. The days are long, and there is no rest.

However, I could not be more pleased.

As per usual, challenges have appeared that were not on the map before. A single chapter rewrite turned into 3 new chapters of material. Significant structural changes have required some heavy lifting.

There have been hours of frustration followed by long, hard work. Days and days of material are composed only to be tossed out the next morning. When one approach does not work, I try another.

More oft than one might wish, it is only after hours of sweat that inspiration surfaces.

But when it finally does appear … something wonderful, surprising, and beautiful is born.

At times, the process makes me feel as if I build a pyramid, stone-by-massive-stone, carrying each load alone upon my back, trudging up a slope. Day by day, I ascend. I am a poet of pick and shovel. I sweat language. Refrains come at the cost of my bloodied brain.

Light Ahead

Rather than look back over the time and labor that has got me here, I continue to look forward.

The journey’s end is in sight. I just have to set the stones to get there.

Of course, that end is the beginning of another stretch. As one stretch in the journey ends, the next begins.

Over the next few months, please grant me forbearance. I continue to pour my efforts into this big push.

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2 comments on “Ascent

  1. rhchatlien says:

    So happy to hear that you are making progress and looking forward. Rewrites can take a massive amount of energy, but it sounds like you’re doing good work.

  2. rhchatlien says:

    Hi Marc,

    Thank you for agreeing to do the blog chain. Here’s what you need to know:

    Step One: you send me a short bio of about 50-75 words and a low-res photo that I can use in my blog to link to you. I need this by Sunday April 6 so that I can put your link in my blogpost on Monday April 7.

    Step Two: Answer these four questions about your writing process. 1) What am I working on? 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 3) Why do I write what I do? 4) How does my writing process work?

    Step Three: Your blogposts incorporating these answers needs to go live on Monday April 14. In it, please acknowledge me and mention my blog ( for involving you in the blog tour.

    Step Four: In your post you must also say who will be taking part the week after you do – choose three writers. Give a 1-2 line bio and link to their website.

    You can send the information to me by e-mail: rhchatlien at aol dot com, and I’ll follow up from there. Thanks for participating!

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