mumbling to myself
there are a lot of things i’d like to get done this year. too many to be realistic. and i have, y’know, a whole to do list about it, but sometimes i apparently just need to sit down and mumble to myself in a longer format as if it will somehow make a difference.
the must-finishes are doable: august needs to see the redeemer notes finished (going pretty well, those; i *might* finish by monday), benedict revisions, year of miracles copy edits. i can probably get all that done. probably. we’ll see.
beyond that it gets muddier because i want to be writing something new but also will have to do redeemer revisions and benedict line edits, and those things always always throw a spanner in the works.
first thing i need to write, tho, is the 4th & final YA epic fantasy novel for my nephew, a series which i will be kickstarting next year.
the next three things i want to write after that are sequels to benedict, atlantis fallen and magic & manners, and perhaps a couple more murphy lawless novellas in between.
these are grimly pragmatic writing choices: they’re all self published and are therefore the fastest route to income that i’ve got. there’s no way i can finish all of them by the end of the year, even if i was writing full time and with no other edits to deal with. (…okay, there’s a very faint chance i could finish them all by the end of the year, but it’s not very likely.) it’s more likely they’ll take me through the end of first quarter next year in terms of writing/editing/producing (altho ted will be doing as much of the production side as is humanly possible, YAY!).
i would *like* to then spend a few months writing some things for sending out to the trad market, before doing another round of heartstrike/austen/lovelorn lads rough drafts.
none of this will go as planned, of course, but it’s what i’d like to do over the next 18 months…
a-revisioning we go
348 page manuscript. Cut 32 pages wholesale. Have probably 50 or so to revise significantly by switching into the heroine’s POV, plus front-loading the story with essentially all-new material (some 30-50 pages of it all told, though not necessarily all in the front). Total expected major revision work, something like 70-100 pages. Minor revisions throughout to make the old stuff work with the new. And yet, delightfully, neither stressed nor panicked over all of this. Let’s hear it for not being behind the 8-ball. Got about 1.5 chapters actually revised, new writing & stuff into them, today. Na’ bad.
Vague intended work schedule/delivery dates for the summer: TRUTHSEEKER revisions (June 12). Walker Papers #6 proposal (June 19). Chance GN #2 proposal (June 26, ’cause most of it’s done already, really). Mia GN proposal (July 17). WAYFINDER proposal/writing (Aug 28). DEMON HUNTS revisions (Sept 11).
Yeah, yeah, man plans, God laughs, but it’s a structure, which is important. And maybe this fall after doing DH revisions I can revise RIGHT ANGLES TO FAERYLAND and write a screenplay before writing WP #6.
ytd wordcount: 175,000
miles to Minas Tirith: 294