Due to a death in the family, I’m going to be driving all day tomorrow and unavailable all weekend, so I decided to do my progress update today instead.
I cleaned up the first 25 pages of Flight and completed 2-page synopses for both Surviving the Plague and Flight, to prepare for a writing conference I’m going to in late January. The first 25 pages of Flight are going to an editor for a critique, and I’m going to pitch Surviving the Plague to an agent. If nothing else, it will be good pitching practice.
I’m done through Chapter 24 of Surviving the Plague. I have one more major change left, but it’s going to affect several chapters. I’m still sure that I’ll have it done by the end of January because that is when it needs to be ready to pitch. Ideally, I’d like to be able to read it out loud at least once before then and have it as 100% fully polished as I can get it without doing something like hiring an independent editor. Wish me luck!
I also need to submit one of the stories I got a rejection for in November. I keep putting that off, but just sitting on it isn’t doing me any good. Hopefully the weekend after Christmas, I’ll have a solid chunk of time to do market research and send that out again. I’m getting faster with market research, but it still takes me a good couple of hours to do a submission.
I’m taking my laptop with me out of state. I’m still going to try to get my daily two hours’ writing time in. If nothing else, it should help keep me sane.