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!
Nanowrimo preparation chugs along. Lots of in-person planning events and private freaking out at the middle of my story. Hopefully on the other end of this I’m going to have a novel instead of a hot mess.
(PS for some reason this post deleted itself, so here it is Monday, with me putting it back up.)
I’m outlined through to the end, but at this point it’s only about twenty chapters. I know that it’ll expand as I’m writing it, since some outlined chapters tend to turn into multiple chapters, but I’m thinking I need to go back in and add some subplots.
I’m approximately half way through with outlining Surviving the Road (the sequel to Surviving the Plague, which will be my NaNoWriMo project this year). The good news is that I’m about half way through! The bad news is that I really stink at middles.
I love the beginning. I love where it’s going to end. The middle part needs some spicing up.