JP Fosterson

Latest | About

February Work-in-Progress Update


As a new feature for y’all, or maybe only benefiting myself, I’m planning to post short monthly updates on the stories I’m working on and where I’m at as they said in Pittsburgh when I was growing up.

Catmarans in White Bay, island of Jost Van Dyke

After a period of creative exhaustion in the second half of 2021, I feel now as if I’ve ramped back up again, writing about 10,000 words in the last month. The pipeline is filling back up again, but it will take some before I can get a few pieces finished and published.

All titles are working titles and could be changed up until stories are published.

Active work


Random notes

I would have made even more progress this month, but I took a week off for vacation. Normally, a vacation would be an opportunity to get in an hour or two of writing every day, something I have a hard time doing when I’m working my day job. But in this case I discovered that seven days and nights on a catamaran in the caribbean with nine of your closest friends doesn’t leave a lot of space, time, or solitude for writing. The trip was bookended with a fair amount of anxiety over COVID tests and international travel clearances, but all ten of us managed to get there and get back. In between the testing and travel, were a lot of scenes like the one below, which made it worth it not to have written, really.

Not the most conducive writing environment, actually.

The Black Spot!

I did, at least, get some reading done. The best travel reading complements the itinerary. Luckily, I think, I had already read The Beach. So I decided that the best accompaniment for jaunting among islands of the West Indies would be Treasure Island. Before the trip started I would have told you with certainty that I had read that book as a boy and was now re-reading it, but the moment the old pirate fell dead on his face after receiving the Black Spot I knew that I had never read it before. Although it’s obviously a kid’s book, it was just the right complement to the scenery.

Now I’ve got my land legs back, and I’m ready to get back to work.

Medium, Substack, Blog

For those reading this on my static blog or on Medium, my last update for this month is that I’ve started a newsletter on Substack. I’m crossposting this message to my personal website, Medium, and substack, on the (possibly wrong) theory that these three venues have distinct readership.

That’s all for now. Happy February.