Welcome to my monthly update!
Wow, where did August go? Somehow, it’s the end of the summer, and autumn is about to begin. It was foggy this morning where I live, and cold enough to need the central heating. The season’s are turning and, I fear, leaving me behind.
This month I haven’t got as much accomplished as I would have liked. I’m sure that’s always going to be the same though. Things have changed, as always, and emotionally, it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster. Looking back though, I can see how the bad had to happen to allow my to find myself again.
I’ve been reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy this month for a local book club I attend. I started off quite liking the first book, Northern Lights, but as the trilogy has progressed, my interest has faded. I’ll write up a full review once I’ve finished Amber Spylgass, but I’m quite disappointed in it so far.
I have been mainly focussing on Elondria and Concealed.
On Elondria, I am working my way through the first draft, but also typing up the second draft that I hand-wrote – and that’s holding me up unfortunately. as much as I enjoyed handwriting the second draft, I’m not sure I’d do it again.
Concealed is back from beta readers and I’ve spent the last few weeks editing the stories, getting them as good as I feel I can. I feel that one big discovery I’ve made is that writing is very subjective (perhaps this should have been obvious, but for some reason it’s a concept that’s only just solidified in my mind.) Another lesson I’ve learned is that I overuse the words “just” and “really.” I cut more of those words out of my drafts than any other. Sigh.
I’m hoping to release it into the wild in September. I want to set a release date but until I have the formatting done, and the print cover completely finalised, I can’t be sure when it will be ready. I am excited to get it out though.
Interesting Internet Finds:
- Prewriting in Scrivener – an interesting look at some of Scrivener’s features
- Terry Pratchett’s unpublished work crushed by a steamroller – I completely respect this.
- Why Writers Need Stubborn Hearts – I think we all need them.
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Until next week, may you go in peace. 🙂