At this point, I’m just working on revising short stories for the Patreon project. It’s neither fun nor exciting, I’m afraid, but very much a necessary part of the writer life.
I’ve finished four stories of the initial five that I want to have set up as my buffer for my Patreon project. Then I need to revise these stories until they shine, and do some research on Patreon in general, and I’ll be ready to launch. To reiterate, this is the short story project cataloguing the rise, misuse, and fall of a magic system in a secondary-world fantasy setting.
Cue (more) heavy breathing.
This entire thing is making me apprehensive, much more so than my usual querying apprehension. I think it’s because it’s such an unknown. I have to keep reminding myself that this is an experiment, and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out, even if I’m not entirely sure what ‘working out’ looks like.
Since I’ve made progress to the point where I feel like I should be setting a deadline to be done with editing and so on, my personal, non-binding goal to launch is April 1.
I’m currently embroiled in a writing sprint, which is exactly where I need to be in terms of getting stuff ready for my Tattoo Magic Universe project. I’m mostly working on rough-drafting the first few stories, so that I can revise those and get going on the project. I’m torn between being anxious that it won’t be successful and having no idea how to define to myself what successful will look like.
It’s just something I want to do to show myself that I can do it: my little adventure into self-pub. But I want to make money on it to validate to myself that my art has value. And then I want to give some of that money to other queer artists because we need all the support we can get right now.
So far, I’ve modified one entire story to fit into the universe. It always wanted to be in the universe, but it lacked that little extra kick of connection. I’ve moved two stories over (both of which were already set in this setting, but before I had a firm idea of what the setting really WAS), and I’m about 2/3 through drafting the first or second story.
I figure when I have the first four or five stories in the arc good to go, it will be time to actually seriously start that Patreon thing. That would give me four or five months of buffer, which should be good enough to keep the project going even if I don’t have everything drafted out in advance.
I’m also looking at revamping my website and turning it into more of an author website with a blog than a blog about writing. I might do that today or Sunday, or I might push it back until next week. Stay tuned!
I was busy yesterday and went to bed early so that I could attend a five-hour Scrivener training today (happy lunch!), and I entirely failed to do my usual update blog post.
I’ve been working very hard at worldbuilding in the Tattoo Magic universe. That’s really what I have focused on lately.
It’s been a hard week to focus on writing, but I did make some progress worldbuilding and thinking on my (probably) Patreon short-story project. Namely, I’ve worked on the magic system, created a syllabary and some language/grammar rules that were necessary for naming conventions, and drawn a preliminary setting map.
I’m not yet decided on whether I’ll post finished but unrelated stories in the meanwhile. That’s kind of a tougher decision than I thought it would be.
This weekend will be busy with real-life stuff, but I intend to take the time to draw a more official setting map with my Wacom tablet. Then comes the fun part of creating borders and the notes that go along with them.
I’ve also decided on the project format. Instead of just doing an array of short stories in this setting, as I initially planned, I’d like the stories to themselves tell the story of the setting. Think World War Z. So I will have to invest some initial time into loosely plotting out the stories and how I’d like them to connect.
The result will be that the Patreon project will have a delayed launch, but I think in the end, it will be more satisfying this way.
As you can see from my previous post, I finished Surviving the Road! I also submitted four out of my eight possible queries, decided that I’d see how the responses on those look before I submit the other four, applied for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and did some major world-building and magic-system-fleshing-out for the secondary world setting in which I intend to set a bunch of short stories.
On the plate for this coming week is seriously looking into Patreon for my short stories and doing more world-building for what I’m thinking of as the Tattoo Magic world. I likely won’t start revising Flight, my second book, until February. I’m giving myself a little time to cool off from the high-pressure stuff like drafting and revising in favor of something a little more light-hearted.
It’s done! Surviving the Road, my third novel manuscript, clocks in at a hefty 88,415 words.
I’m very excited….
- to finish a third manuscript
- that was so hard for me to write the ending to
- after the first novel in the series was rejected post R&R and I hated these characters for reasons that aren’t their fault
- only 7 days after I told myself I would finish it
- despite still feeling a bit off from having the flu
Let the dance party commence! Let the celebratory meowchi be ordered! Most importantly… let the rest of the day be a video game day, because tomorrow I have to apply for the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat and look into Patreon and start researching other agents to submit Surviving the Plague to.
Even though I’ve had the flu over the past week, I’ve done a lot of thinking about writing. That counts, right?
I looked into Patreon a little and I’m feeling ‘eh’ about their terms of service. I’m going to let that simmer a little while and maybe try looking into some alternatives.
I wrote a chapter of Surviving the Road. This means I have one chapter and one scene to go before the book is done, which is also known as ‘when I can buy myself a celebratory meowchi’ to add to the finished novel meowchi collection.
That’s it, but I think that’s pretty good considering how sick I was all week!
Sorry guys, my progres update is late (and will be even more late) since I have the flu. I’ll try to update the next time I’m able to be vertical!
Honestly, other than getting my website back up and writing another chapter in Surviving the Road, I haven’t made much progress this week. Happy Holidays and all that!