Well, summer is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Alice is back in school, which means more time for me to write. Yay! Though, I have to say I’m pretty proud of my progress over summer break.
I’m also another year older, and what a year it’s been! A new nephew, my first publishing deal, the fist anniversary of my blog, and a lot of great memories. 😉 There’s plenty of exciting stuff on the horizon too, so here’s hoping for another great year! Without further adieu, here’s what I got done over the past month:
Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’ve finished the second draft! Currently, my agent is looking it over to provide developmental notes, after which I will start fine-tuning.
The Price of Tomorrow – After saying this book was done… I changed my mind. Yeah, I do that. I thought of something that would strengthen one of the characters and, hopefully, make the book stronger as a whole. So, I wrote, and edited two chapters to replace some I already had, adding several hundred words to the story. Having done that, I’m now confident (again) that this manuscript is ready for querying. I intend to start by pitching it at the CO Gold writer’s conference. I need to get practice at this whole in-person talking about my book thing.
Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – I’ve started writing scenes for book three, the tentative title of which is now: Fairy Forged. What do you think? I’d love to get some feedback, so drop me a comment below. 🙂
WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH
The most interesting thing I learned this month:
You can make yourself sneeze by staring at a bright light… Who knew?
I started this month by reading a writing book titled GMC. It had been recommended to me previously, but hadn’t made it to the top of my reading list until Debra Dixon, the book’s author, became my editor at Bell Bridge. I figured I should read what she had to say about writing if she was going to be editing my stories. I’m happy to say, I loved her take on character creation. 🙂 Animal Dreams was recommended to me by a friend, and Steelheart was just for fun.
- GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon
- Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
To see reviews as they come out, as well as other posts, follow my blog at Ramblings from an Alternate Reality.
ON THE HORIZON
Currently on my TBR shelf:
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
- Masques by Patricia Briggs
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
September brings the annual Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold conference. Wow, that was a mouthful! I’m excited to attend informative classes and learn as much as I can. I’m also terribly nervous because I hate being around so many people. I know most authors say they’re introverts, but as far as I can tell they all like getting together for lengthy discussions and comradery way more than I do. Just the thought of that many bodies makes me feel sick. But, I will persevere! And I’ll let you all know how it goes once it’s over and I’ve crawled back out of my hole after an appropriate period of recovery.