Once more, with feeling
So, it has been a while since I darkened the doorstep of my little corner of the web. Quite a lot has happened and almost none of has to do with writing.
A combination of medical woes, work worries, and various other stressors made abundantly clear that I needed to let something go for for a bit.
I've learned at the ripe age of pushing 40 that, sometimes, self-care keeps your happy ass out of the hospital.
I took September off. I read two whole books. Big books. I read Outlander for the first time (quite enjoyed) and the newest Strike novel Troubled Blood. I managed to read two books and relaxed. It was very enjoyable.
Reading, much like writing, inspires me. I enjoy reading and have since I was a kid. I usually only read fantasy or romance. I don't know why its always those two categories, but I have no shame in that game. I read what I like. I have such precious time to read and to write that I refuse to spend my time reading something I'm not interested in or that isn't well written.
On the back of me finishing two whole books, I realized that my first novel Faithless Guardian or The Guardian (the title is giving me fits) needs a rewrite. The ending - not my strong suit - is fairly weak. I need to stick the landing a little better, set up the sequel without leaving too many unanswered questions.
I've also gone back and forth on self-publishing the novel. I've sent out dozens of queries and gotten only one full manuscript request, which amounted to nothing. If I can scrounge up the money for an editor and a cover, I may just put it out there. I'd rather not. I've held on to the dream of a publisher, of seeing my book in hard copy with a Tor or Del Rey on the spine. Maybe its time to let that go and forge a new dream? Who knows.
As for Dark Ember, I'm still stuck on this God-forsaken ending. I've rewritten the same chapter three effing times. I'm still unhappy with it. I have got to figure this out.
Also, finding time for writing has been difficult. With my earlier schedule and family, its proving hard indeed. I'm thinking about writing on my lunch break 3 days a week, then early weekend mornings. I need a new routine, to shake things loose.
If I can finish Dark Ember by November 1st, I may give Nanowrimo a shot this year.
I say that every year, don't I?
In any event, that is where things stand now. I'm on for work now.
Hope you're all having a splendid day. Keep writing.