Updates and assorted nonsense

Working on a story right now that has a speculative publisher…they gave me some direction for what they want, and I took the direction and ran with it. Should be around 20,000 words or so. That said, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you put on your public resume, so I’m writing it under a pseudonym. Still, lots of fun to write so far.

Fifth draft of the novel is under development, along with the sixth draft. A good portion of work for this week will be lost with the assignment, but I’m okay with that. Hoping to still have a good chunk of work ready to submit to an agent by the end of the month. Who knows, I might even have a publication credit under my belt by that time.

The Tyranny of Word Counts

Anyone else despise them? Realized I had duplicated a chapter in the novel and it dropped the word count back below where it “has” to be. So now I have to add useless padding. Do I really need to be punished for being able to prune my prose?

On Finishing the Fourth Draft

Well, here I am. I’ve crossed the nominal finish line: the fourth draft of Torat Book 1: Initiation is complete. What does that mean, exactly? It means that the entire book is in a stage where I would be quite all right with a publisher or agent or what-have-you reading it. The first chapters that I submitted in the last few months had gotten all the way to submission draft status, which is three drafts past where I am now, but that is, essentially, gravy and polish.

So this would be the second major milestone of three when it comes to completing the novel.  The first was completing the first draft; the third is completing the “submission draft”, which is the eighth draft. All of the major themes, however, are in place, and I feel they’re well fleshed-out. The most major theme, of course, turned out to be drifting through life versus taking control of your own life and choosing your own fate. Funny that that emerged as I worked, as it is where I am in my own life at the moment; I am taking control of my career, taking control of my physical health, taking control of my emotional life. Having been the antithesis of a control freak for most of my life, it’s a major thing, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that it became so important to my characters.

I started this back in October, so it will end up taking roughly six months when all is said and done. I think that’s a respectable pace, and certainly the fastest time frame in which I have completed a novel.

Once I’ve gotten through this, a short story, and then I start the next novel, about a little girl discovering the truth behind her world. It’s going to be a fun one, as well.

Joined the Kindle Boards

Trying to get more writing friends and get more into the Internet writing community as a whole. It’s a great place so far – really liking it.

Back at Work.

Had a wisdom tooth yanked last week, and wasn’t able to do a lot of work over the weekend due to the ensuing pain/drug combination. I’m back at it, though, and prepping a package for submission. Learning that writing synopses is a LOT harder than it looks, but I’m starting to get the hang of the voice I need. But yes, today is the day. This will be my first novel submission to a publisher ever. It feels really good, like I’m finally doing something with my writing, but of course I’m having last-minute, self-sabotaging doubts. I am determined to press on.

Tentative One-Sentence Summary…

I’ve never been good at these things, but submission necessitates learning. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

A young woman learns that the veil between worlds is very thin as a war between the heavens becomes very real to her; in the meantime, a rogue spirit fights for redemption.

It needs some tweaking, but it could be back-of-paper-copy print one day. Just maybe. Writing up paragraph-long summaries of Books 2 and 3 is also very enlightening.