Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Update: Con Recap and Optimism

I usually wait until the middle of the month to update, but I have a lot to say about the second half of last month and what I'm looking at for the first half of this month. Maybe this will be a part 1 for September. I keep talking about having multiple updates a month. Maybe this month that'll finally happen!

First up, I didn't win anything for the 24-hour short story contest. Apparently they were not looking for humor. I didn't even get an honorable mention. Which breaks my streak, sadly. I thought about doing the fall contest, but I'm not going to have time this month.

I do have the story I wrote for the contest on submission, though. It may not win me prize money, but maybe I can get it published somewhere for a few bucks. We'll see. It's kinda quirky flash fiction, which will make it tough to place. But at least it's unpublished. That should help.

Second, I did go to WorldCon, despite my misgivings and last-minute vows to stay home. It was a grand old time. I got tons of free books (the free book line was probably my favorite part), I spent a ton of time hanging out with Dianne, which was a blast, and I got to meet a ton of cool authors and editors. I even spent about an hour sitting at the same table, talking with John Scalzi. He is a totally awesome dude. I got to hear lots of other well-known authors talk: I'm now a big fan of Charlaine Harris as a person, along with Gail Carriger, both of whom I plan to give their books another chance. I may have even landed a possible slush pile reader job if I can ever vag up and contact the lady.

There were horrendous and awful moments, too, like That Panel and barfing forever in the middle of the night (not even because of drinking). But it was a five-day con. It's not all going to be roses. I had a great time and would definitely go again someday. We're thinking New Zealand in 2020, hehe. I should have things published by then!

I am still on track with my project timeline. Ahead, actually. I fixed the first chapter of MoL and made a few other tweaks to it so that it is now officially ready for line edits. I turn it over to Rachel in mid-September when she kicks me her novella for editing. I also finished my in-depth first-pass edits for ToK. I've passed that draft on to the husband for alpha reading. Once I get it back from him, I'll do a bit more tweaking, then kick it out to a few beta readers. Hopefully by that time I'll have line edits back on MoL, so I'll have the pair ready for reading.

Both are out of my hands, for now, though.

So I have two weeks before I get my next freelance editing project, and I have nothing to work on. My timeline said that August and September were for MoL and ToK. So I'm toying with throwing a few words at my next adventure novella. Not sure I can get a whole adventure written in that time, but if I get a solid start, that leaves my October open to finish it up and finish any final tweaks on the MystWatch books.

Oh, and freelance edit the next novel-length project for Kevin!

So yeah, October is shaping up to be a conglomeration of various projects, kind of like August and September so far. But that's ok. Keeps things interesting.

And prepares me for starting to write book three in November! Aaaaahhh! I am hella nervous for that. It's the last book in the trilogy, so I have a lot to wrap up. I'm a bit intimidated and I'm not totally certain I know how it ends, or at least what the climax looks like, but hopefully I'll figure it out as I start to write. I have the first several chapters mapped out, at any rate.

And while we're getting ahead of ourselves, I have officially added "commission cover for adventure series" to my project list. I decided that once I have two "seasons" complete, it'll be time to do that. And as long as I stay on track with the project timeline like I have for the last six months, that should be around this time next year, weee!

I am making great progress and I'm feeling optimistic.

Of course, that feeling can change on any given day. But. The fact that I've been able to keep pushing myself, keep working even on the bad days, I really truly believe that I can make it. That I can do this.

I am going to make this happen.

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