I can’t believe it. After all this time, hoping, praying, wishing, dreaming, I can officially say that I am a published writer. And to my utmost surprise, I didn’t get a story published. No. I got several haiku published! ^_^ You can read my haiku’s here… http://threelinepoetry.com/free-issues/ (issue 23) and herehttp://haikujournal.org/e-issues/ (issue 25) I never would have thought about submitting my work if it wasn’t for Tamara, who got several of her own poems published in this format. She’s also the one who inspired me to start my haiku blog in the first place, so I owe it all to her!
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I’ve been quite lack at writing on this blog and for various reasons. One, is I started a new project way back in August. At first I didn’t know where it was going, but as the months went by, and I continued to write, I discovered that the story was much larger and much more contemporary then anything I had ever written before. Five months later, just before Christmas, I finished it.
It is a romance story, about a young girl who finds a fragment of a poem in an old book and goes off looking for the entire thing. This story is in the editing process now, and I hope to have that done in the next month or two.
Aside from finishing “When Roses Turn to Stone” I also took a writing course at Sheridan College from September to December. The class was Crafting a Novel part one, and the whole point of it was to develop the writing process from start to finish. The creative process was quite regimented, deciding the goals and motivation for your main characters, discovering what the character arc / plot was, and then writing out character sketches. They were all very valuable tools to learn, and I actually quite like the “Wants – Because – But – So” method of plotting (what does the character want, why do they want it, what is standing in their way and what do they do) but because the creative process that the course had us go through was so alien to me, I find myself unwilling to finish the contemporary romance that I worked on in that class. Will I finish it one day? Perhaps. I do like the story, it’s just getting it written which will be difficult.
Speaking of difficult… in addition to writing Roses, and taking the writing class, I also took on National Novel Writing Month with a third contemp. romance story with a magical twist. Of the actual novel I wrote about 30k, but because I was working on the two other projects, I added their word counts to my total to reach 50k. I really do like the notion of the NaNo plot, but it was very slow moving, and would need a complete overhaul (I think) to be completed.
So what does this mean for my writing? Well I thought that it meant that I was burnt out, but as always the muses are spinning and I have new ideas popping up. Will they turn into anything? Who knows. But I’m certainly going to continue writing ^_^
New Year. New Rules. I am going to develop my inner poet. I am starting a blog that will chronicle this year with a haiku a day. I am very excited– even though I’m not sure whether or not I’ll be able to maintain it. So here it is, HAIKU HEART!
This novel in manuscript format comes in at 403 pages of actual story but the book itself (when I get it) will be around 414 pages due to the other added content (title page, contents page, author’s bio, etc).
The novel is 79877 words long, and it is my longest completed novel to date.
I have done as much as I can with it and now it’s off to friends and family to read through to see what else I can add / take away / change.
This is the book that I’m going to get published one day. I just know it is.
“Are we human because we gaze at the stars? Or do we gaze at them because we are human?” ~ Stardust
I remember loving that line when I first saw the Stardust movie (I’ll admit, that I haven’t read the book yet) and I find that it is an appropriate place to start this post. I, have always gazed up at the stars. I have always wondered what was out there and my belief in extra-terrestrials is much stronger then my belief in other supernatural things.
Yet, despite my love of the stars, my reading habits have tended towards the fantastical / supernatural / magical. That’s not to say that I haven’t read science-fiction books, but my exposure has been limited to the Star Wars extended universe and the Voyager books (yes, my geek colours are showing).
Because of that, I have always thought that my stories would be based in fantasy worlds, or stories of the heart set in contemporary times… in the last little bit while I have been editing SoulShip, I have come to realize that my heart, my writing soul lies in science fiction.
I have heard authors say, write what you like to read / what you want to read, and I guess I have been searching for some really good young-adult science fiction that I can sink my teeth into. I haven’t really found it as of yet, but I guess that’s why my brain is in overload with science-fiction plots 🙂
Of course, this could completely change as my inspiration comes and goes, but for right now, I am a science-fiction writer. ^_^
I am currently knee deep in edits of SoulShip. My goal is to get the manuscript done in the next week or so, so I can get it sent off to CreateSpace and have my five free copies as quickly as possible.
Once that happens, I will go through the book with another fine tooth comb and edit it again. When that round of edits is done (and the edits that are being done by lovely friends of mine) I will start querying it.
I am loving my story more and more. After I finished it, I tried to move onto a new project but I couldn’t. SoulShip has invaded my psyche like no other story has… not in a very long time at least.
And to make things even more exciting, my manuscript template is sitting at 166 pages right now and I am only halfway through ^_^ I can’t wait to see how long this novel is going to be when I’m done.
Any writer knows that getting to the end is a sacred thing. There is no greater feeling than typing the words “The End’ at the bottom of a manuscript. For me, it is even more sacred and amazing because I very rarely get to the end of a story and when I do, it is cause for much celebration.
Last night, at 11:50 I reached the end of my science-fiction novel that I started with NaNo 2012. Back in November when I reached the 50k I wasn’t sure whether or not I would finish the story. I wanted to, but life got in the way and I put it aside.
Then, at the end of February / beginning of March I went back and began re-writing the beginning and middle of the novel. I added in subplots, rearranged moments and when I got to the end of what I had written I continued on. In eight days I wrote more than fifteen thousand words which is a freakish pace even for me. Last night alone I churned out close to five thousand an they encompassed the last two chapters and the epilogue.
My story is might be complete but now the real work begins. I’m going to make it presentable. I have a really good feeling about this one. I’ve written and completed many stories in the past but this is the first one (save my very first novel) that I’ve felt was good enough to try and get published.
That’s the endgame after all and my fingers are crossed that SoulShip can be fixed up enough.