I had an epiphany the other night about my writing efforts as of late. I’ve been pouring my time into my favorite short stories, editing them ruthlessly, while outlining others here and there and taking my time bringing them to life. This entire year I’ve almost exclusively focused on cranking out short stories, with only a few weeks of work put towards my novel. I’ve wanted to build up my portfolio and have more short stories to show agents and publishers, since when this year began I’d sold all of my work and had nothing to show potential editors. Continue reading “It. Is. Over.”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been sick this year, I’d have enough money to go on one hell of a vacation. The problem is, I’d be sick the whole time…
This week I started editing my novel hardcore. I eat, breathe, and sleep in the world of Tove now. Yet despite spending numerous hours each day editing and revising, I am only a fraction of the way through this behemoth. This book is killing me. In a good way, though. Continue reading “So. Many. Words.”
So I bet some of you have probably been wondering what the heck I’ve been up to recently and why the lack of content on my blog. Well I assure you, it’s not that I’ve been doing nothing this whole time, just that I’m sort of discouraged about what I’ve been working on, and I didn’t feel like sharing all the negative news with you. But it’s confession time; I feel I must come clean about what I’ve been pouring my writing efforts into.
Recently I was notified that a short story I wrote won a contest and will be featured in an upcoming anthology along with some pretty big names in fantasy and sci fi. Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in.
Get thyself ready, friends, for I am about to drop some updates upon thee.
Greyheart: I submitted a manuscript to an independent publisher a few weeks ago and got an email back the next day saying that the editors liked it and would like to work with me, attaching a contract to the email. So waking up to an email of that was… Pretty cool, to say the least. I found myself waiting for the first person I saw to throw this news at them. But after some consideration, I chose to decline the publisher. Though they would manage a lot of the book production in a much more professional manner than my self-publishing techniques, they take a share of the profits, they come up with pretty much all other text and material that isn’t the story itself, and they take a lot of the copyright and property of the work itself. Granted, they also provide real book signings, free copies, book trailers, posters, cards and author cards, which is also pretty cool.
But, call me crazy, I just don’t feel like giving up that much of the book to someone else, even as small as this “book” is. I like that I’m responsible for almost every aspect of it, and I’d like to keep it that way. It may not be presented in the traditional fashion, but I think that will also add to its quality. In a weird, not-making-any-sense sort of way.
Also, I hired a professional editor with the last of my book funds to look it over with a super critical eye one last time before final publication. He gave great subtle corrections that just make everything, I don’t know, flow better? I like.
Egypt Anthology: I found a publisher that is looking for submissions for a couple of anthologies, one of which is all about mummies and pharaohs and pyramids and stuff. It caught my eye, and I have penned a short story about a treasure hunter attempting to recover a pharaoh’s lost heirloom before a crazed museum owner collects on an old debt. It’s… Catchy. More humorous than usual, but… Catchy. I’m also submitting to a Dark Monster anthology, but, come on. That’s a given, right? Am I right, or am I right?
The 5th Element (working title): So the next project I started writing after Greyheart was awesome. It’s been on my mind for a long time and it was spanning into something incredible. But after five chapters in, I realized it started off totally wrong and it needed to be changed. So I started over. I have been feverishly writing away at it ever since, expanding the story dramatically, adding tons more characters, and having the plot make sense. Which is sort of important, you know?
That quote sums up how I feel about this book. Since working on it, I must say that I am extremely excited about it. I’m sure all author’s feel this way about their books, otherwise why write them? But I’m all giddy and not myself when I think of the powerful stuff that’s going to happen in it and how connected I am with all the characters. My room is quickly turning into an office littered with papers that help me keep track of the writing process. I have a page of every character’s name and who they are, a page of girl and guy names to draw from whenever I need one, the main story outline held together with paper clips, the chapter outline in a pile and spare paper if I need it. All of which is on my floor, hanging off my bookshelf, or all over my desk.
Writing Retreat: I am heading on a vacation to the mountains of Georgia in a few days and was planning on doing nothing but writing while I’m there. Sitting secluded in the quiet mountains, surrounded by lush bushes and within view of grand river. Ahhh… But now it’s looking as if there may be activities planned each day, so I’m not sure how much writing will actually get done. I will be regaling you with pictures of me rafting, biking, hiking and fishing, though. You’ve been warned.
In other news, I’ve been playing Pokemon so much lately that the music is stuck in my head. Not cool.