It’s been awhile since I’ve reported on my own writing, but that’s not (completely) because I haven’t done any. I hadn’t had enough time to prep in October due to a deep revision on Domino’s Game, and didn’t have a good grip on the voice of the story going into NaNo. Then when my mom passed away at the end of the first week, I just couldn’t be bothered to try to put it back on track. It took a solid week for me to have any energy or clear thoughts after the funeral and by then November was half done. Sadly my NaNo novel stayed content to be sidelined.
When I was ready to get back to work, I finished the 60 pages of Domino’s Game that still needed a run-through and sent it for one last crit read. Then a CB (crit buddy) needed a quick crit on a full-length novel due at her publisher’s, and another needed a crit on a partial that needed to be sent out–both helpful in getting my brain on track.
A few years ago I wrote a YA fantasy, Off Beat, during NaNo and managed to put it right out of my mind for the intervening time. I pulled it out, reread it, and got completely caught up in the story. So I spent a couple of weeks going through it cleaning it up and booted it out for crit, at which time Domino’s Game arrived back in my inbox. Today I finished dealing with the comments my CB had made on that one, so I feel comfortable now as I wait for responses to the proposals and partials that are currently out.
Meanwhile, a story that played around in my head awhile back has come back to bug me, and I’m working on characters, setting, and plot for this one, hoping to start writing in January. This will be a YA fantasy as well, currently code-named Sebastian. Here’s the blurb I wrote a few years ago–not sure what’s up with the Social Studies teacher, to be honest!
When three teenage misfits meet for the first time at their awards ceremony, they are astonished to discover that the online worlds they have created are one and the same. Astonishment turns to panic when they cross the portal into it. Their fairy tales have run amok and it is up to Sebastian, Curtis, and Evelyn to restore order by slaying the dragons in their lives…along with the giants and the social studies teachers.
So, even though I’m not constantly reporting on what I’m writing or where my word count is at, you can see that I’ve got a lot going on! Three novels are out on submission, one’s in crit mode, and I’ve got something to start writing on soon.
Life is good.