I hope everyone had a great month. I've been catching up on blog reading this week and I see a lot of people successfully completed the A-to-Z challenge (which, for those of you who aren't familiar, involves blogging every day for 26 days on topics beginning from the letter A through Z. It's quite a feat!), so congrats if you participated!
April was... an interesting month. There were some dark, scary days that I hope none of us will have to live through again. There were some brighter days. There were hints of spring. There was plenty of eating, reading, and writing.
So here is a list of writing-related things that I did:
- I started rewriting parts of ELEGY. When last you saw me, I had the first draft done and was getting ready to send it off to CPs. But upon rereading, I found a plot error that needed to be fixed ASAP or the story would make NO sense. See, this is why I love and hate writing stories that revolve around a timeline. It's fun/cool to switch back and forth between the past and the present, and see how the two plots fit together, but things can get really screwed up and uneven if you're not careful. I'm still playing book-tailor and patching chapters together, but hopefully it'll all be straightened out by end of May!
- I came up with another story idea. Which is neither strange nor out of the ordinary, but this project just refuses to be ignored. After ELEGY is done, I'll be working on FOTL, but maybe I can find some time for this new book. I've wanted to do a mermaid story for years and years, and when my main character - who is a guy (!!!) - appeared in my head, I knew that the time had come. (Some of my sharp-eyed Pinterest buddies may have already noticed a new storyboard.) More on this in my next blog post, which is about the music and the night I spent sitting on a dark beach in Hawaii that inspired this story.
- I spent a glorious afternoon at Barnes and Noble. For the first time in AGES! I came out of there with a HUGE bag of books. It is a goal very dear to my heart to help keep brick-and-mortar bookstores alive, whether it's B&N or local indies. I've promised myself not to be lazy and hop on Amazon anymore, not when books (real, paper-and-ink books) and the stores that sell them need us.
- I started re-reading the Harry Potter series. I always set aside a couple of months to do this every other year, both for enjoyment and for craft-learning purposes. I try to learn something different each time I tackle the series. This time, I'm paying attention to foreshadowing and details that become more important later on. So much fun! Join me - I just cracked open Book 2 the other night!
- I queried five more people. One agent passed, but with the nicest compliments that made my entire month. I'm saving the form rejections in one email folder and the personalized responses in another. I use both to motivate myself and it's really been helping. Haven't heard from anyone else yet, but I'm keeping busy and trying to keep my mind on my new projects!
So there's my quick update!
How are you doing? What are you writing and reading nowadays?