The More Things Change

This has been a long transitional period for me, filled with various upheavals while I’m trying to keep steady on my feet. A new city, a new job, a new direction. Questioning my writing, my religion, my relationships, my identity. It feels like the ocean is rolling beneath me and I’m trying desperately to stay upright.

In the midst of turmoil, some solid ground. I have opened a Figment account (so much more user-friendly than Authonomy) and I have posted my completed novel for public perusal. I would recommend everyone having a look at it here if you’re so inclined.

That being said, I’m still struggling to stay afloat with writing the second novel in the series and trying to find representation for the first. Doubts keep filtering in my mind. Is the vampires and witches thing too cliched now? Is my protagonist someone that people will relate to? Am I presenting the archetypal epic journey in a unique and interesting way?

I’m always open to critiques. I’m open to change. It’s just I never know what will stay the same.


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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