After the Draft

After Novella Draft #2

I finished the first draft of the second novella in the Cross Cutting series last week. What a relief! 

Writing this draft was an intense experience. Adjusting to a new semester at work is always a challenge and I've struggled to balance my schedule. (Welcome to adulthood, right?). I learned a couple things and will be better next time. I lost an hour or so of work because of a computer problem. I learned to save, save, save.

Despite it all, I had a great time. Writing is fun. 

I loved revisiting the characters, revealing new ones--and letting this set of monsters out to play. Finding and getting into the groove of storytelling is one of the best things about writing. 

 I faced my usual hurdles: the terrors of the introduction, the "thats" and other tics, the filtering words, and the occasional wrong turn. I also ran into new territory. I've never written a second installment to something. They present particular challenges and bring up new questions: what to reinforce and what to let readers figure out.  I chewed over it and pondered...and finally just did my best. There will be more drafts ahead, after all...

For now I'm in renewal mode. 

I've been reading a lot. I finished Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon. It was right up my alley--cool mix of tones and ideas, a touch of the weird, a kickass heroine, and a love of monsters. I'm reading the Suspended in Dusk anthology. My obvious bias aside, it's been an excellent read so far. I'm also about a quarter of the way through Peter Clines' 14 and I'm liking it so far. 

I'm also catching up on some TV. American Horror StoryBroadchurch, Doctor Who, The BlacklistSelfieThe Voice, and the third season of The Legend of Korra, and whatever else strikes my fancy. 

And then there's the writing. I'm working on a flash piece, and a couple short stories. I'd like to get them finished, edited, polished and out on submission. I also need to work on the outline for the third novella, and, and, and...

There's so much to do, but I have to say I'm loving it. 

It's the beauty of the process. As good as it feels to finish a draft there's so much more to do and new projects to begin. 

Other Bits of News

  • I ordered some business cards. It may seem ridiculous, but I am dead chuffed about it. I love how they look and it feels so...official or something. Now I just need occasions to use them. 
  • I'm planning to participate in a Halloween writing event. I'll be posting an update about that if it comes to pass. 
  • I'm still waiting to hear about the print version of Suspended in Dusk. I hope it's soon. 

==That's it for now. 

Thanks for reading!