Tell Me What Does It Mean


I did a lot in 2012. I’m not great at setting goals, really, but my “resolution” last year was to make it “the year I give myself a break, and the year I demand more from myself.” Not sure how well I did on the first front, but looking back over the things I accomplished, I think I did all right on the second:

  • Went on-submission with two novels, Night Owls and Gid
  • Oh, hey, finished Gid in the first place.
  • Had a short story appear in an anthology
  • Traveled to Worldcon
  • Applied to and was accepted for Viable Paradise
  • Contributed to a couple of projects whose titles/themes I’m not announcing quite yet, because I’m weirdly superstitious and still a newbie to this particular branch of the writing/freelancing thing. Worded differently, I neither want to jinx myself nor commit a professional faux pas. When I know I can say stuff, I’ll say it. It’s keen, exciting work, and something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

I don’t know if 2013 needs a theme or a challenge, but why the hell not. I took risks last year, shoved myself firmly out of my writerly comfort zone, and good things came of it. Taking a page from the Curiosity rover and the MSL team, then, (and in turn from Teddy Roosevelt), for 2013 I shall dare mighty things.

No, I’m not likely to send a roving science lab hurtling towards Titan, but I can propel myself and my writing further — sic itur ad astra.

Quick updatery, then.

Active projects:

  • The Fire Children sits just shy of 16,000 words. I’m wibbling over the main character’s age, which makes the voice fluctuate wildly from scene to scene as I test things out. It’s currently middle-grade, but it could be a young YA if I make her older. Still, I’d like to be done with the first draft by early spring.
  • Adrift — the first two chapters were my VP submission, so at some point I’ll start incorporating my notes and edits. Heaps of reading and research to do for it, too.

On the horizon:

  • “The Reunion Tour of Billy James and the Flamethrowers, or How Billy Got the Band Back Together”
  • “Wolves”
  • “The Desert in Fimbulwinter”
  • Cavale stories

The Cavale stories are a project still in the mulling stages, but essentially, I’d like to write some short prequel stories set in the Night Owls universe. Not sure just yet whether they’ll be something I could submit around — it depends on how well they stand alone, I suppose. Cross that bridge when they’re written, I suppose.

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One Response to Tell Me What Does It Mean

  1. Aggrokitty says:

    I do have somebody small (and non-Dark Tower-reading <.<) who's into middle-grade books, should you ever need a target-audience test. Just saying. 😀

    And the title of "The Desert in Fimbulwinter" is awesome all by itself.

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