Looks like I didn’t post twice in August, but as it turns out, I’ve been extremely busy!
For one thing, I’m an aunt now. I’m not going to tell you much more for the sake of privacy and all that, but I will say that it turns out that I’m not as terrible with babies as I thought. Huzzah!
Secondly, and I’ll treat this with more enthusiasm since I can talk more freely about it, I have just finished as of the 31st of August at 8:51 pm, my fourth book. It is a continuation of the story in Machine and it has been a crazy whirlwind of a ride to write. You may remember me talking about this book in a post regarding plotting, in which I expressed some frustration about figuring out the plot. Well, let me tell you, it’s all resolved, and in ways I’d never expected. Turns out this book is not what I first thought it might be and is, not surprisingly, far better for the fact. I haven’t gone back and read any of it yet as I want to give it a bit of time to rest before I do that, but it’ll be extremely interesting to see what comes of it. I’m also looking at finding a better title for it than Two Years Later, which is what I’ve been using as a pitiful excuse for a working title. Two options I’ve been looking at are Escapement or Out of Beat. Escapement is what keeps a clock on beat and is also what causes the tick tock sound. Out of beat is a term for when a clock’s tick tock is off. I thought of using Main Wheel too, but that seems kind of dumb. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it though, so feel free to drop a comment!
Thirdly, I had my second dance routine at a spotlight party at dance the other day. My instructor and I danced a rumba to Kimbra’s “Good Intent”, and, rather than telling the story the song’s lyrics tell (which to be fair, may or may not be what Kimbra actually wanted to address with it), we decided to be high society jewel thieves, people who don’t need to steal and would be ruined if found out, but revel in the thrill. The routine went fairly well, though to be honest I was unreasonably nervous that day and all of the finesse-y things we had talked about pretty much went out the window. I was bummed about that of course, but we did get some really good feedback and hey, I looked dang fine.
Anyway, that’s what’s been taking up a lot of my life recently (oh, I also got a pixie cut again), but there’s definitely more on the horizon. I’m still seeking representation for Machine and homes for a few short stories, and of course, once I come down from that relaxing “finished a book” high, I’ll get cracking on something new. I haven’t decided what that is yet. I’m looking at either editing Equilibrium so I can start querying for that, rewriting my first book for nanowrimo, finishing off a project I already started or possibly writing something completely new. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a few prompt words from my closest friends and then trying to run with it for nanowrimo, having been inspired by the creative agility I get from playing Storium (started narrating a new story on that too, which is incredibly exciting), but I’m not sure I can (or would even want to) pull off an entire novel based on that alone.
So, that’s what’s up with me. I’ve been working towards more freedom in a few other areas as well, so hopefully I’ll make some progress and be able to give you a heads up on that as we go.