Smile, it’s Monday!
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I started researching a new top secret project (I can only tell you, it’s a horrific idea), and I got some amazing news. Remember my zombie short story, The RELIC Experiment? Well, I submitted it to a dystopian anthology. Guess what? It was ACCEPTED! I haven’t stopped smiling! I’ll be posting more about the anthology in later posts. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get to see the cover when it’s revealed.
Now, let’s see how I did with last week…
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Critique chat with partner to go over Chapters 45 – 49 of Rescue. DONE!
*Continue planning scenes for Restore. I came up with an approximate word count, chapters, and working on an outline for the scenes.
*START revisions on Demon’s Birthright! I couldn’t stop myself. I’ve revised the Prologue, the Part One Intro (I’m doing a little free prose in this book. Each part, there’s three, will have a free verse intro in iambic pentameter.), and Chapters 1 & 2.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Critique partner chat: It’s the last one for this round of revisions for Rescue. I’ll be doing a complete read-through and then sending it to beta readers in mid-April.
*Revise Chapters 3 and 4 of A Demon’s Birthright.
*Continue planning Restore.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [This comes from A Demon’s Birthright, Chapter One. Raevyn, the main character, has had a visit from a demon.]
The next morning my mind raced, searching for answers regarding last night.
I received my acceptance letter for the anthology late Saturday night. I don’t have a release date right now, but it occurred to me I will be published in THREE anthologies this year. I will also have THREE books released (two full-length and one novella). That’s pretty awesome. I’m reaching my goal of being a prolific author. But, it’s not merely quantity. I’m putting out my best work, which is the important thing.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Patience. I got an idea for another story. I’ve enjoyed reading novels written collaboratively. It’s something I wanted to be a part of. Sometimes you have to make your own opportunities, and that’s what I’m doing. My new project will probably take a year to finish because we both have other books planned. But you know how it is with new shiny objects. They grab your attention and demand you focus on them.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: [A Demon’s Birthright] I love fairy tales. When my daughter was little I used to make up my versions of the classics for her. It was a lot easier to tell her a made up story with the lights off, trying to encourage sleep. Over the years, I thought it would be cool to write my rendition of a fairy tale, but all the classics have been done. I wanted something different, and that’s ADB. It’s based on the Grimm tale titled “The Raven”. The Prologue of ADB reads like a classic fairy tale.
That’s it for this week!