I really should write more blog posts, my friends. I really enjoy reading others, but when it comes to writing my own I blank. Does anyone really want to hear how my food allergy elimination diet is gong? I haven’t had cheese in ages, and I am very sad about this. Is there anyone other than me who is interested in pictures of my cat? (Actually, considering that one picture of Butter has over 1k notes on Tumblr that might be a yes.)
I’ll get to the news and have a TLDR at the end for anyone who is too busy.
What I’m Working On:
The Moonlight Herders is finally out! I wrote that story in 2014. It was picked up by Ellysian Press in 2016. I’m so happy that Hattie and her herders are making their way into readers’ homes. If you’ve already picked up a copy, please leave a review on Amazon. (Or wherever you like to leave reviews.) Now that the pre-publication work is done, I’ve been able to put more focus on the second Opposition book…
Liminal Boy. I started writing Langdon’s story in February 2017. I’ve thrown out about 3-4-5-6? drafts. This week, I finally finished my current and most successful draft.
This draft isn’t going to need a drastic overhaul like all the previous ones. I quite like this one. It holds true to the vision in my head much more than all the others. Now all I’ve got to do is rearrange it, fill it out, cut it, and wrap it in some masking tape so it doesn’t fall apart. Langdon’s story is a puzzle whose pieces fit together no matter what angle you put them together. I’ve just got to decide which is the right picture I want it to show.
As for now:
Word Count: 122k
First word: Midnight
Last word: angel
Feels Like the Song: 505 by Arctic Monkeys
(For reference, Midnight is around 85k and feels like Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy.)
Have I ever mentioned how I link songs to book? I majored in Creative Writing. A teacher once said she compares plot arcs to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to help students understand how tension should build in a story. I never shook the concept and took it even further. Now I find a song that matches each of my story’s pacing. Beat-wise, not lyrically. Lyrically, I have playlists for some individual characters filled with no less than 40 songs each. However, the lyrics “may death find you alive” and “middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start” is very Jo and Langdon, respectively.
I’ve already got some beta readers lined up. And I’m DEFINITELY looking for sensitivity readers, so if you think you might have some spare time in a few months to read LB please send me a message and tell me a little about yourself. I might re-create the Facebook group on my page if there is enough interest. If you don’t know if you’re the “right” sensitivity reader– if you saw something in Midnight you feel like you have authority on, you’re the one I need. Additionally, if you follow me on social media you might have picked up on hints I’ve not very carefully dropped, I need someone who can help me accurately write someone who has a service dog.
Sometimes revisions move quickly. Sometimes they don’t. I can’t promise when LB will come out, but I will certainly keep you updated on the progress.
One of the biggest problems that delayed LB (other than life/work stuff) is that his story is very difficult. Emotionally. Mentally. Literally?
While Midnight was the “kick-off” with minor foreshadowing and only a few hidden clues, Langdon’s story is packed with both of those, is non-linear to a degree, and requires full knowledge of specific concrete details of the final two Opposition books. There have been several times I’ve had to stop and write chapters from the POV of the other two characters so I could write his story.
(Who are they? I’ll reveal the POV of the third book after LB is published, but I’d really like to hear who you think the other two main characters are. I’ll give you a clue. You’ve met both of them in Midnight, but you only know about one of them.) (And CPs I already told– no cheating!)
I am turning 30 in less a couple of weeks.
I have no idea how I got this old. I always thought people who were 30 were adults, but I still feel like I’m 17. Or maybe that’s because I’ve spent the last 18 months in the mind of a 17-year-old boy.
Anyway. While I might not think I’m really 30, the highlight of my week is grocery planning and I’ve contemplated picking up crocheting again (I need some sort of stress relieving hobby that doesn’t involve words. Any suggestions?) so I must be.
My life is nothing like I imagined it would be when I was young but I’m so grateful for that. I never aimed high as a child when planning my future, so my image of me at 30 was pretty boring. Now I can say I have two published books, a college degree, and a lot of interesting (real life) stories to tell.
I like aiming high now. I haven’t figured out what my next goal is other than publishing the rest of the Opposition and the dozens of other stories in my head. A small voice keeps telling me to go eat something with dairy in it, but I won’t listen to it.
TLDR: All of my time is going toward finishing LB. No other on-going projects but plenty are gestating in my head. And I’m old.