Look, see, I’m editing Dreamwalkers! The TV is even off! (Made possible due to the completion of my “Parks & Rec” marathon).
My goal is to complete editing by the end of this week. Only 13 chapters to go! And then another read-through! And probably another round of editing… Editing is a lot more work than one might think.
The time of Camp Nanowrimo is upon us again. I wasn’t planning on attending, but then again, my 2014 goal of writing 500 words a day hasn’t exactly panned out, and of course now that I’m nearing completion on Dreamwalkers, my mind is having slutty new ideas. Such as a Wolf Point prequel novella called The Beast of Gevaudan, which would be the story of Geo, oldest living werewolf and alpha of the enemy pack (I can’t remember if I mention him in Hitchhikers, but he is definitely discussed in Dreamwalkers).
So of course I’ve been spending more time lately gathering information on Gevaudan and Soissons and other areas in France that were beset by wolf attacks thought to be werewolves, instead of finishing Dreamwalkers. But I’m so close! It’s just hard. Really hard. I have the final sentence of the book in my head, it’s just a matter of getting there. Seriously, I feel like there are only a couple of scenes between me and that ending.
And yet, slutty new idea.
Perhaps if I decide to do camp, I will crank out the end of Dreamwalkers in the next 4 days? And since The Beast of Gevaudan would be a prequel novella, I wouldn’t have to go full-force for a 50,000 word goal. I’d try for only 20-30,000 words, and that would give me time to edit Dreamwalkers?
It must be the weather. Either that, or I’m so close to finishing Hitchhikers that I’m delaying it. It’s hard to end something I’ve worked on for so long… unlike during Nanowrimo, when I am usually so ready to finish it and put it away and not look at it for a few months. I like Daniel, the main character and I ended up with a new character now towards the end. I’m up over 50,000 words and I feel like it will be at least another 10,000 to finish off the story. In my head I’m already dreaming up a sequel from Kayla’s point of view, called Dreamwalkers. But I will not allow myself to write a single word of it until Hitchhikers is finished! (I might allow myself to work on a short story. BUT THAT IS IT).
In other news, I finally finished a short story, “Seventh Son,” and submitted it to one of the anthologies over at Pill Hill Press. They have a lot of interesting anthologies over there, so if you are a writer of horror, fantasy, or sci-fi it might be a good market for you. I also got a request from an agent to see more of the manuscript for Seven Minutes to Midnight, so I’ve been hoping and waiting to hear back… I’d just like to hear SOMETHING back, because the number of rejections on my wall is far less than the number of queries I’ve sent out, because so many agents only respond if they’re interested. How am I supposed to get to 100 rejections that way? I should probably focus on the snail mail only agents, as they seem more likely to respond.
I’ve had quite a few ideas for series. The Wolven is meant to be a trilogy, although I’ve rewritten the first novel three times and haven’t gotten around to more than a skeletal idea of the other two books. So even though I had planned for Seven Minutes to Midnight to be a trilogy as well, or at least have a sequel, and I went so far as to write a variety of first lines and let my test readers decide which sequel they’d like (all of them picking the same one), I’ve had a hard time actually sitting down to write the actual sequel.
I had started a few pages, but it felt like I was rambling… so I did something I very rarely do. I wrote an outline. Not a very detailed one. I just had to sit down and ask myself, Where is this story going? Where am I going to end this? Then I also had to think about subplots. Most of the time I just sit down and I have an idea and I know how I want the story to end, and the subplots just come. It’s much more difficult, however, when you’ve already got characters and backstory that needs to be explained somehow.
It also doesn’t help when it’s finally sunny after weeks of rain!
I’ve been querying agents for both The Abandoned and Seven Minutes to Midnight, and have met with what appear to be form rejections:
Thanks for your query, but I’m sorry to say I’m not the right agent for your book. I wish you the best of luck in your search for representation.
Thank you so much for querying us with your project. Unfortunately, we did not feel it was the right fit for our agency at this time. Thanks again for thinking of [name of agency removed] and we wish you nothing but the best in your publishing career.
That is, when they actually respond (some of them haven’t). Well, not much to do but sent them on to another, hopefully more receptive, agent and get back to writing.
Lately I’ve been working on a rewrite of The Wolven: Animal Nature (that book I’ve already written twice? that book I thought I’d lost to the computer gods?). I’m on chapter three and I have to say that I think it’s definitely going in a good direction. I realized that I was so unhappy with the first two drafts because basically it was all plot and no characterization. Sure, the characters had some traits, but then they never behaved in accordance with those traits… which becomes a problem because essentially the story can go anywhere, because the characters are not making decisions based on who they are. They’re just doing whatever the hell they want.
I’m going to say that I was inspired in how I am rewriting by Stephenie Meyer. Stephen King can knock her all he wants, but she’s created some very powerful characters that have affected a lot of people (throwing plot aside). So I’m dwelling a lot on how the characters feel and their reasoning for their decisions in this draft. This not Twilight with werewolves, but hopefully my characters won’t be random people who describe themselves as shy then behave in an outspoken way.
I also started working on a short story I started several years ago. Haven’t gotten too far. I think I need to read some Edgar Allan Poe or something to really get in the mood for this story. Still working on some edits for The Abandoned between sending it out. Melissa wants me to hurry up and write the sequel for Seven Minutes to Midnight, but I haven’t been too interested in doing that–I’ve only written a couple of pages.