I just created a page of books that have made it onto my permanent bookshelf and learned a few things. I noticed that I have almost twice as many short story collections as novels and that almost all of the novels focus on adolescent girls. Not exactly sure what that means. A woman at a conference once asked me if I intended to write YA fiction because for many of the in-class exercises my characters defaulted to that particular voice. At first I took offense. I want to write “real” fiction. Literary fiction. I read a lot of YA myself. It’s good. Really good. But for some reason, when she said that, I took it to mean that I couldn’t cut it as an adult fiction writer. Irrational, I know but that’s the price I pay for living inside this head of mine. So am I considering writing YA? Should I only write short stories featuring adolescent girls? I don’t know the answers quite yet. I am thinking that part of the reason I can get so stuck in my writing and not focus on one of my many, many half done projects is because I have not found my natural subject yet. Or am fighting it. Or avoiding it. Or forcing myself to be a certain kind of writer that I am not. So not real answers, just somem things to think about as the new year rolls in with all its possibilities.