What I learned at work this week: non-writers do not understand things like “This character is being frustrating right now.” They all just looked at me funny, as though to say “What do you mean you don’t have complete control over this fictional character of your own creation?”. And then tried giving advice that didn’t really help at all, because character in question was Prince Felipe, whom I know very well, but they don’t know at all, and then my lunch break was over and I hadn’t achieved very much.
I did finish reading The Nutcracker, however, and while I haven’t written an outline yet, I have got a page of notes and questions that will have to figure in the outline… There may have to be some serious rejigging of the 7500 words I wrote essentially off-the-cuff; certain scenes will parallel the original story if I change them around a bit more. A lot of these plot elements were in the abridged version I read a while ago; I probably could have avoided this if I’d made more notes at the time, but hey, we win some, we lose some.
After doing that on my lunch break at work on Thursday, I then got about 40 minutes of editing on AMCF done in the evening (give or take). That combined with half an hour on Friday night and an hour or more this morning and I’ve achieved about two-and-a-half hours this week, surpassing my writing goal of two hours a week. So yay for that! I’m actually finding these revisions relatively painless. If I keep going at my current rate, I should have the second draft finished pretty soon.
I visited all my sponsor posts! Yay! As for my short stories goal… I’m really tempted to scratch that off my goals for this round… My focus is well and truly on AMCF at the moment and I don’t feel like I want to be writing short stories and submitting those, because that will take me away from my bigger WIPs! So… yeah, short stories can come at some other time.
I have been doing some thinky thinking since Wednesday, though. It started when I read Alice Janell’s Wednesday check-in in which she excitedly announced that she had sold her first novella to Taliesin Publishing, whose website I then proceeded to have a poke around. Then on Thursday night, my housemate asked me how the writing was going and mentioned that some friends of hers have recently started up The New List Books, a brand new publishing company based right here in the same city as me and devoted to showcasing the best of up-and-coming authors. I also remembered Cassandra Page mentioning that she had recently signed with Turquoise Morning Press.
Since starting with ROW80 18 months ago and seeing so many fabulous self-published indie authors, I had thought that would be the way I wanted to go when I finally get something to publishable standard. I think my main reason for this was, to be honest, that self-publishing seemed like the “easy” option (in some ways, anyway; I’m not completely naive about the process). But since reading up on these indie presses, I’m kind of keen to see whether I could get accepted by one of them… The idea of query letters and submissions always made me feel a bit queasy, but suddenly I feel a bit bolder about the whole thing. And if it doesn’t work out, self-publishing is always there to come back to.
Either way, though, it’s going to be a little while before I need to make any of these decisions. A More Complicated Fairytale is only in its second draft and about a third of the material in it is new for this draft, so I will need feedback on that and I envisage doing at least two more drafts before I start thinking about submissions. But it is something that I will be keeping in the back of my mind.
Anyhoodles, I’m off to visit my new baby cousin this afternoon, so I’m going to finish up there. I’m not sure what time I’ll be home tonight, hence getting the post done early. But I’ll catch you at check-ins over the next couple of days! (Oh, and by the way, my sponsor post goes up on the ROW80 blog tomorrow; keep an eye out for it!)