Happy New Year everyone!
2016 saw a lot of changes for my family, and there’s still more on the horizon, so I thought I’d take a moment to take stock of where my projects are and what I’m hoping to get done in 2017.
First off, my art projects have been taking up a lot of time lately. I get more orders for my chainmail jewelry around the holidays, and the launch of my husband’s game development company has had me getting back into asset creation and dabbling in animation for the first time. As for my writing, let’s break it down:
A DROP OF MAGIC is still looking for agent representation. I had two agents ask for the manuscript. One passed, stating that the plot and pacing were excellent, but the character of Alex wasn’t quite what they were looking for. The second hasn’t gotten back to me yet, so fingers crossed I’ll have news on that front soon.
I’ve finished the first round of editing for THE PRICE OF TOMORROW, my young adult science fiction novel. Next up is voice reading for the individual narrators. Then I’ll be looking for a couple early beta readers, so let me know if you’re interested. 🙂
COURTING DARKNESS, the second book in my MAGIC SMITH series, is on hold until I figure out what is happening with book one. That said, I have been poking around with it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a complete first draft rears its head in the later part of the year.
The preliminary work on HANNAH is coming along nicely, and I’m hoping to get a first draft out in 2017.
I have two other novels that are in the pre-writing stage, and are nearing the point where I will attempt a coherent outline, so look for those progress bars to be popping up later in the year.
I’ve finished three short stories, am halfway through a fourth, and have outlines for at least three others. My intention is to write one between each stage of my novel work. I haven’t yet decided how I want to disseminate those. Maybe I’ll release them as exclusive content for people who follow this site.
My two complete children’s books: WHERE I DREAM and DANCING WITH THE WORLD are on hold while I decide whether I want to do the illustrations for them myself or not. The third, THE WORDS THAT GOT AWAY, is still in progress, though the first draft is done.
Since my daughter will start kindergarten in the fall of 2017, I’m anticipating a significant change in my schedule that should free up more time for writing. Here’s looking forward to a productive year!