Happy New Year!!! I hope your holidays were as relaxing as mine and that you're well-rested for all of the writing we're going to be doing this year. I know I am! Basically I sat around for a whole week stuffing my face and watching movies, including The Hobbit (loved it, of course; it felt like coming home) and Les Miserables (in which I got teary only ONCE - must have been an off day).
I got some writing done, but I have to be honest... I really didn't do as much as I wanted to/should have. I won't punish myself because I did need that mental break, but I'm trying to be as productive as I can this month so I can catch up a bit.
This past weekend, I had some free time and debated whether I should continue revisions on PPP or write ELEGY. I'm glad I went with ELEGY, because I ended up pounding out nearly 8,000 words. That's one of the things I've learned over the course of writing novels - to never push myself on a project when I'm not feeling it. I have been a little burned out with PPP lately, since I've looked at it SO many times in the past few months. It was nice to work on something else!
ELEGY is going well. I'm a little worried about Stella, my main character, being too unlikable, because she's... well, kind of a stuck-up snob. But I'm hoping to show her growing out of that as the story progresses, and I want readers to discover a better side of her right alongside her new friends. Yesterday, I got to indulge my inner music geek when I wrote a scene in which Stella and her friend Paul are investigating a dark wing of the music school, and all of a sudden a loud burst of music breaks out into the silence and they recognize it as the devil's chord. (Also called a tritone... listen to the beginning of the Danse Macabre and you'll hear it.) How often do you get to write about someone threatening someone else through music? (/nerd)
Eventually I will get back to PPP, but I want to make sure I'm inspired and excited to do the revisions so that it'll be in perfect form for the agent.
I also really, REALLY want to get back to writing FOTL. I just need to keep pounding out ELEGY until it's done, and then it'll be full-speed ahead!
Are you juggling projects too? How are they coming along?
FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS (FOTL) (Novel, YA Epic Fantasy) An exiled princess searches for the five elements she needs to win the allegiance of the dragons and reclaim her kingdom from the grasp of an evil empress.