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So … I know I’m not alone in finding the COVID-19 quarantine a singularly frustrating experience. Yes, I fully acknowledge: I have been lucky. Yes, I am home safe with my family. We’ve all stayed healthy so far. Yes, I still have work, and I’m still earning money to pay my bills. These are things I’m grateful for.
But at the end of the day … working from home is not fun. Teaching math over video chat (VIDEO CHAT, I ASK YOU) is not something I ever prepared or trained for. Worst of all? The hours of video lessons have drastically cut into my screen allowance, and hence, into my writing. I simply can’t spend all afternoon on the computer, teaching, and then be like, oh, yes! Time to type them words, baby!! If I aim to save my sanity (not to mention my eyesight), something’s gotta give.
And since I don’t have the option to quit work–and since I’m not one of those lucky writers who can draft by hand–well, my WIPs must take a backseat for now.
#priorities #adulting #apocalypse edition
So instead, I thought I’d do a bit of a pick-me-up post. I want to talk about where I am in my writing, how far I’ve come lately, and what I’m planning for the future once all this blows over. Shall we?
I’m currently querying agents for Water Horse, the 90K-word Western cowboy fantasy I finished drafting back in December. (Just got through a round of edits.) I know it’s a weird time to be querying, but agents on Twitter be like “PLEASE SEND US SOMETHING,” because THEY’RE stuck at home & bored, too. So, I am duly sending them something 😛 We’ll see what I get back!
In the meantime, I’m 20K words into Book 2, Dragon. The basic premise is, I’m taking Jack-the-cowboy from Water Horse, and I’m throwing him together with a rampaging Chinese dragon and a Chinese-American masked vigilante girl who fights sex trafficking. What with editing and querying and work responsibilities and now quarantine, this new draft has been moving more slowly … but I really love Jack’s POV. And Shufen’s POV. Jack has #anxiety and a gambling addiction and makes Trash™ Life Decisions. Shufen is full of rage at the entire world, for, like, obvious & understandable reasons. They’re a fun, juicy pair.
Additionally, I’m mulling over how to revise that Holocaust novel from a couple years ago, Gold. I still think I had a killer emotional concept, but I also think the middle really dragged and needs to be punched up. Also, plotholes?? so many plotholes?? *facepalm* PLUS the hist-fic market is suuuuuuper saturated with WW2 stories at the moment, so I really need to make my product as good as humanly possible, lest it get lost in the shuffle.
Then, of course, there’s brainstorming Books 3, 4, and 5 of the Western fantasy series … not to mention that Roman Empire heist-treasure-hunt-fleeing-from-arranged-marriage story which popped into my head last week …
No, I promise, it’ll be really fun, see??? There’s this girl who’s the daughter of a big-shot Roman military governor, and he’s trying to force her into a politically advantageous marriage with a Stupid Jerkface, soooooooo she skedaddles and takes her mother’s ancient jewels, which were supposed to be her dowry, with her, setting off this huge, empire-wide manhunt, because THEY WANT THE JEWELS BACK. Also, there are pirates. Cuz why not. xD
How about you, friend?
What’s a writing milestone you’re shooting for this year?
Tell me all!