I’ve been mostly quiet on the writing front these last couple of weeks. The cause is a familiar one: I find myself at a crossroads, faced with a number of different ways to approach a much larger plot problem with Book 3. So in the face of indecision, I decided to sit down in the middle of the road and think about things for a while. And like all the other times I’ve been stumped with a riddle related to a work in progress, I’ve turned to other projects to stretch my creative legs.
In a nutshell:
- I sent out a query for the first time in . . . shit, I don’t know. Years? Almost a decade? The odds are against me with this, but it seemed like the right thing to do. I won’t say anything else about this unless I get good news–and if that happens, it won’t be until sometime next year.
- NaNoWriMo began this month, and I got to thinking about a novel I started for NaNo 2012 that got shelved. I opened up the Word document and dusted it off to discover I’d written almost 13k words, and the plot actually made sense; furthermore, I figured out how to get around the problem I ran into, and . . . well, I’m seriously considering putting Monochrome 3 aside to work on it. Right now I feel too constrained with Monochrome 3, like I’ve boxed myself in and can’t see the forest through the trees, if that makes sense? Probably not. In any case, I think a palate-cleanser is exactly what I need.
- Speaking of submissions, I intend to pull out one of the unfinished ULT stories from last year and complete it for the upcoming submission window for Crystal Lake’s third volume of the Tales From the Lake anthology series. I’m not sure which one yet, but when I figure that out, you’ll be the first to know.
- I’m also in the process of wrapping up a project I’ve had in the works with Tony Rapino for over a year now. There’s just a tiny bit left to go, and then . . . well, I can’t tell you. Not yet, but soon. Next year’s going to be an exciting one.
That’s about it. The TL;DR version boils down to me needing to stretch my legs and work on something else for a little while until I can think my way out of a plot jam.
Also, Fallout 4.