After a rough spring and summer (losing our little one, hellacious busy season) we’re drying our wings in the sun...
On the Road, working remotely, sleeping in fields... as we drive our new motorcycle (with sidecar!) from Oregon home to South Carolina, via national parks, crazy byways and one library hot spot after another. Filling up with new stories, taking the space just to think, explore and be close.
I'm (erratically) posting our travel journal on Insta: @sidecarsideshow :)
With the Ural’s top speed around 55 mph... we’re gonna be on the road quite a while.
I’ve been drawing again, working on a fun project with my girlfriends -more on that soon- and lately doing more thinking than writing, but I've been ‘getting’ some major plot pieces I’ve needed for the novel I’ve been obsessing over since I was on residency three years ago, before I started working with Andrew.
In my previous role (purchasing) at the company, it was easier to write short stories rather than novels, but they’ve now moved me into a more expansive position that opens up the whole world.
It changes everything. I’m so excited, and so grateful, to be warm again.
Here’s to lightness, love and freedom: may they be yours.
"His kisses trailed sideways, lingeringly, traveling down my throat, my shoulder. Leaving a wake of fire as though he held a lit match in his teeth.
I knew he was biting me, but how can I explain this? - I didn't mind.
It was as though I existed for this. For Dane to come along and cut me open with his teeth, expertly teasing out desire between us as though it were a moth, a third and separate creature entirely.
I fluttered, floated, died; I rose again.
The window faded pale, flared scarlet, ran with dark..."
Excerpt from my novella, Stalker: A Gothic Thriller, available here.
P.Z. West's first novel, EVENING’S LAND, is a Library Journal Self-e Selection, winner of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Award and recipient of the Carol Marie Smith Memorial Scholarship for the NOEPE Center of Literary Arts.
Pauline West's books on Goodreads
Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance
ratings: 27 (avg rating 4.04)
ratings: 24 (avg rating 3.46)
Candlemoth Volume 2: How To Spend It
ratings: 10 (avg rating 4.40)
Candlemoth Book 3: A Twist of Fate
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.17)
Stalker: A Gothic Thriller
ratings: 4 (avg rating 4.25)