Well as the first full week of February 2013 comes to an end, I have to admit I’m amazed at how quickly this year is flying by. Usually January drags, but this year it sailed past. And February is shaping up to be even busier, followed by a March and April that will probably set speed records. After February, the rest of my year is practically booked.
- Copywriting conference in March.
- My company’s National Sales Meeting in April.
- Memorial Day trip with my brother in May.
- Writing Workshop in Colorado Springs in June.
- England (Lord willing) in July.
- Guatemala in August/September.
- Major dramatic production at church in September/October.
- Preparation for the holidays in November/December.
And there you have my year. On one hand, this is nice because it means I will hardly notice how long my best friend will be gone (she’s in England; thus the reason why I’m going over there). But on the other hand, did I really think I could finish two trilogies this year? How am I going to have time for that?
Geez. I’m crazy.
I have made good progress on the standalone novel that I’m writing about Guatemala. The first draft has been done for a while, but I’m working on the second (and hopefully final) draft. Trouble is, my main character is angry at me. He decided to cop an attitude once he found out what was going to happen to him in a couple of extra chapters I’m adding in, and he is not a happy camper. The guy (Jamie Logan) is kind of a snob anyway, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s angry. But I have a lot of work to do, and his dragging his feet isn’t helping.
One of the two trilogies is also underway. At the moment, I’m referring to it as the Adventures of the Rainbows of Light – Chapter Violet. I sat down and did three chapters for the first book (Revenant) over lunch in a couple of days, and I’m pleased with the direction that it’s going. But it’s practically a complete rewrite of its original draft, so it will take a while. I have the other parts of the trilogy ready to start, but I need to finish the first one first.
The other trilogy, the Covenant Trilogy which is part two of the Morningstar series (The Destiny Trilogy, Nameless, Namesake and New Name, I put the finishing touches on last year) is still on the back burner. Haven’t even touched it yet. It’s outlined and ready to go, but it’s not budging. The Destiny Trilogy Part One, Nameless, is currently at a publisher who is looking at it, but the earliest I will hear about it is April, and it could even be as late as October. So I’m just waiting on that one.
And in a surprising event of alarming proportions, the characters out of another series related to the Rainbows series started speaking up. I wasn’t prepared for it. But all I could do was sit down and let them talk. So I did, and I was pleased with what came out. But it’s way too early to start working on that series yet. Way too early. So hopefully they’ll quiet down and sit patiently until I can get to them.
In other news, I’m working on skits for my church presently. They should be a riot, but I’m majorly under the gun to get them finished in time. So I’m going to need to have them ready in the next few weeks. Ideally, I would prefer to brainstorm with my creative team, but I don’t think I’m going to have time. We’ll see what happens.
Allow me a brief moment of nerdy excitement:
Okay. I feel better.
Another short story is still out for consideration at Strange Horizons, an online literary magazine. That story is called “The One without a Book” and it’s been turned down a couple of times, but everyone keeps telling me it’s really good, even though it doesn’t fit their publication. It’s on the long side. So I’m eager to hear what Strange Horizons has to say. Nice folks over there.
I’m still selling copies of my devotional book. Folks are still buying them, which never ceases to amaze me. I have yet to see them on the shelf at the local bookstore. I need to go look into that because I’d love to put a picture up on here.
Oh … and just because the number one viewed post on this blog is the one about True Story magazine … no, I haven’t received payment yet. No, I’m not going to email them again any time soon, unless it gets to be June and I still haven’t heard anything.
And that’s really the latest going on with me. I’m hoping to put a post up here on character sometime soon because one of mine recently threw me a curveball I wasn’t expecting, and I would like to share the experience. What exactly do you do when your characters take over your story?
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!
Submitted: February 2, 2012
Piece: “The One without a Book” (4,600 words; Fantasy)
Publication: Strange Horizons
Estimated Response Time: 40 days