Here we are at the end of the year and the end of the decade. This is the last post for 2019 (yes, I know I said the last post would be the last one, but I was wrong). Friend, I hope that you are resting and recharging from the crazy year that’s wrapping up. Or that you’re working hard at achieving your dreams for 2020. Or both!
I sent the first draft of the first Kaye Bellingan book (working title: Love in Bloom) to my editor at around 3pm yesterday. Yes, it was supposed to be in on the 22nd, but due to things outside of my writing life going a bit squiffy, I didn’t make that deadline. My lovely publisher did agree to a week’s extension though, and I made that by the skin of my teeth.
As first drafts go, it’s… alright. Not the worst thing I’ve ever written, but for sure not the best either. I think the bones of the story are there. But I am definitely not going to escape the red pen. Not even a little bit. There will be a mahoosive rewrite.
Because of the tight timeline we’re trying to work to (because this is The Itty Bitty Indie Experiment™ [not actually trademarked]) I’m not going to be able to let the story rest as long as I would like. I’m going to have to jump on the feedback pretty much as soon as I get it, which should be in the next day or two. So to give my brain a break I have a couple of smaller projects that I can dip in and out of while I wait.
Because there’s a lot that I KNOW is wrong with it, I’ve already spoken with my editor about some possible solutions. So those things are already sort of percolating in the old grey matter.
The biggest problem is this: I hate my female protag. She’s supposed to be sassy and creative. She’s supposed to be capable despite her circumstances. Instead, she’s whiny, mopey, and 5 other small, bearded miners. I have some ideas on how to fix this, and (if it actually works) you can look forward to a post about it early next year. Well, sometime in the first quarter. Probably.
In the meantime, I’m going to be working on my entry for the Mogford Prize, another short story, another crazy brain dump because I apparently can’t stop coming up with weird and wacky ideas when I’m too busy to take on more projects, and some cover mock-ups because I like doing cover mock-ups.
The BXP2020 Challenge starts in just under 2 days – and if you’re just hearing about it now, it’s not too late to sign up (click this lovely link here). It’s only 200 words a day. That’s about 15 minutes of concentrated writing time (i.e. not faffing time – that could push it up to an hour or maybe even 8, depending on how faffy you are). There’s nothing to lose, and at the end of the year you’ll have at least one novel’s worth of words!
And, speaking of both The Bestseller Experiment and Kaye Bellingan… Robyn Sarty (a.k.a. Belwood Publishing a.k.a. Kaye’s publisher) and I have been invited to do a Deep Dive for the BXP podcast. Nothing’s been finalised yet but I’ll be shouting from the rooftops as soon as I have more info so you can all sign up and listen to me making a complete idiot of myself (as I’m bound to do).
That’s all I’ve got to say for now, so I’ll sign off by saying thank you for supporting me through this year, and I hope that next year will be the year of all our dreams.
Be good, be kind, and I’ll catch you in the ’20s!