If you imagine writing as a journey through hills and valleys. Right now, I’m slogging along the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This month I’ve been doing a final read through on A Drop of Magic before returning it to my editor. Normally, I can read forever, slipping into a sort of reading trance, lulled by the rhythm of the words. But, reading my own book, I have to be constantly on the lookout for typos, consistency errors, etc. I can’t relax. It’s exhausting. Plus, I don’t have the “What’s gonna happen next?” that keeps people reading. I’ve read this book a hundred times. I know exactly what’s going to happen next. *sigh* All that aside, I did manage to finish my read through and get the manuscript sent off. Plus, I think the book is a lot stronger thanks to all the changes I made, both requested and impromptu.
Other than that, I carved a wand and knitted a scarf so my daughter could dress up as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter for trick or treating. The robe was courtesy of her grandmother.
Also, our trip to the Mindbender Mansion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for my mother’s birthday was great fun. As always, there were too many people for my tastes, but then, anyone besides me is really too many people for my tastes. The puzzles ranged from easy to nearly impossible, providing a great challenge for all levels. There were a couple of the larger attractions that we didn’t do because they were swarmed with the aforementioned people, and there was a good deal of waiting for other people to finish before being able to attempt certain puzzles, but all in all it was a good, mind-bendy, time. I would highly recommend stopping by before the exhibit closes if you are in the area.
Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- This book is back with the editor for the next round of review. I made considerable changes to it, hopefully making the story and characters stronger in the process. Now, it’s back to waiting. So… much… waiting…
Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’ve started editing the next draft of Courting Darkness, mostly making necessary adjustments based on changes I made in book one.
The Price of Tomorrow – Still waiting to hear back from various agents, including the one who requested the full manuscript. I’ve also sent out a second wave of queries, which means… you guessed it… MORE WAITING!
Magicsmith Book 3: Faerie Forged- Finally ready to get back to work here. I contemplated using this project to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I’m not so good at working at somebody else’s pace. Also, you may note the spelling changed on this title. More people liked faerie than fairy for the fae, though it was close.
WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH
The most interesting thing I learned this month:
2017 tied for Denver’s deadliest year in a decade with 56 homicides. 2018 is on pace to break that record.
I finally managed to knock some books off my reading list. Not easy when most of my days were spent reading my own work.
- Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
- Chibi Vampire by Yuna Kagesaki
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
ON THE HORIZON
Currently on my TBR shelf:
- Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
- Masques by Patricia Briggs
- Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
- Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
I’m looking forward to getting back to the writing part of writing. Not that reading and revising aren’t fun, but I’m eager to get more of my books to a stage where people can actually read them. Beyond that, November heralds the beginning of the holiday season, which means food, family, and lots of distractions. Hopefully I can stay focused and get my work done while still enjoying this time of year.