New Projects

I’ve been thinking, since I posted Seeking Perfection, of going back and doing a sort of retrospective with each chapter.  I’m reasonably certain that at no point anyone would actually care if I did so but I think on a personal level it would help me figure out how I approached everything.  If nothing else it could at least be mildly interesting I suppose. Continue reading

Nano Update 1

So the first week of Nanowrimo has come to an end.  There was… I want to say a bit of a hang up I guess, right at the start.  In fact after the first three days I had a whole seven hundred words written.  And by the end of Monday I was more than four thousand words behind.  And I’ll admit I almost performed the virtual equivalent of flipping a table, raising my arms into the air and flipping off the laptop.  But I ground it out.  Kept writing… and closed the gap.  I’m still behind a bit but if I keep up the same pace I’ll probably be caught up by the end of the day.   Continue reading

November 1st or What the hell did I just get myself into… again!

And here we are.  Again.  Sitting at zero words written with thirty days to go.  Fifty thousands words looking like an unreachable mountain peak way off in the distance.  And here I am just sitting at the bottom with only the faintest ideas of where the story begins and where it will end.  Fun times are ahead. Continue reading

Nanowrimo 2013 – The Revenging

Well I can’t honestly say I was expecting to be so absent as I’ve been.  I think it’s, in part, due to feeling a bit down over things.  Haven’t had the urge to write in a good long while.  Basically I’ve become the embodiment of a bum except employed and well groomed.  Hopefully things will be changing soon though.

I say hopefully because I received a reminder that Nanowrimo is starting up again.  There was a bit of a groan, both internal and audible, when I saw that.  While the first go round wasn’t what I’d call a painful experience it sure made November a long and grueling month.  But I did write a novel I enjoyed.  And maybe this time I’ll actually get a chance to join in on the write in sessions.  Although since the first meet up is on a day that I’ll be running my annual Call of Cthulhu Halloween adventure it’s already not looking good.

Ah yes.  Cthulhu.  Like I’ve said before many, many, many months ago: I don’t run these seriously.  In the slightest.  How can you when some of the plot lines involve a group of Krampus (Krampii?) going on a killing spree in worship of a crude statue of Santa?  Or a herd of Gremlins emerging from decades spent in caverns beneath Arkham, only to see images of elves and Santa Claus and believe that they are Santa’s little helpers of death?  This time round I’ll be throwing a bit more horror in and a bit more puzzles.  But since my stipulation for character creation is that they all need to be from ISIS from Archer I’m expecting this to be a very dark horror comedy.  Also lots of show references.  If there isn’t one mention of “Danger Zone” I will be deeply disappointed.

But back to Nanowrimo… I do think I’ll be taking part.  I’ve been throwing around some ideas for a sequel to the Seeking Perfection.  And once again I know how it begins and how it ends, and a couple things in between.  I think it will still bounce between character perspectives but instead seeing things from the antagonists perspective it’ll bounce between Mike and another protagonist or two.

Something something best laid plans…

I have to say that things have not exactly gone as expected.  At least in regards to writing.  I ended up getting sick on the 17th and that just dragged on through until yesterday.  A week and a half of being barely able to talk, coughing, nausea, and muddled thinking.  It was a grand old-time. Continue reading

Familiar Yet Strange Faces

It’s been a bit of a struggle getting back into the writing mind-set, especially coming off five or so months of editing.  It’s even harder to stop myself from going back through the previously written chapters and editing them to the nines.  I keep catching myself scrolling back to the previous chapters and frowning and furrowing my brow and making corrections.  To be brutally honest it is an aggravating annoyance. Continue reading

And then it was done…

Seven months. Three revisions. 72000 words. And the novel is finished. Unless I receive a request to change something Seeking Perfection is now complete as far as I’m concerned. It has been quite the experience… spending this much time editing and reviewing and thinking and revising. I know that my short stories should have received this much review but laziness won out back then. Not so much this time. For all intents and purposes this was the longest I’ve ever spent focused on one single piece of writing and actually having something to show for it.

Where to go now… I have no idea.  I want it published.  I know it’s good enough to be published.  The how part of getting it published is a bit of a mystery though.  I’ve reached out to some literary agencies here in Canada and don’t expect to hear anything back for two months, if at all.  I did learn the very depressing fact that Canada has very few literary agencies.  And very few that will take science fiction, or more specifically the Cyberpunk Noir that is the novel.  I suppose I’ll wait and see for now.  If none of the agencies wish to review the completed manuscript I suppose I’ll try expanding into agents in the States.  And if that doesn’t work I’ll try the publishers directly.  Maybe.  Although if anyone knows of an agent looking science fiction detective stories let me know.

I took the opportunity, today, to review that very first version of Chapter one.  The one I posted all the way back in November.  Ha… so many corrections were made between then and now that it’s staggering.  Mostly minor things, spelling and punctuation and what not.  But it’s just one of those things where you look back on what you wrote and have a momentary cringe.  It is, I suppose, a nice reminder of where you were and where you ended up.  I feel that, as a writer, I grew over the course of the month and a half that I wrote the novel.  And grew ever more over the five and a half months that I spent editing it.

So what now?  What am I going to do while I try to convince someone to publish what I’ve written?  It’s back to work, so to speak.  I’ve put off my supernatural themed novel for seven months now.  And it’s time to put what I’ve learned over the course of writing Seeking Perfection to actually finish it.

I already know I’m going to have to heavily edit the completed first five chapters.  But I’m actually confident that I can finish it by the end of the year.  I can see it ending up around 100K to 110K words.  Though probably a little less than that.  But.  Only one way to find out.