So, it’s been almost a year since I last posted here, and I’m the kind of person that once I’m starting again, I want to start fresh… but in the interest of continuity, I’ve decided to eschew that behavior right now and start up this journal again for my writing diatribes. So here I am again! Miss me?
It is November 1st, and as most of you probably know, November is the month of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as those of us in the know like to say. I’ve competed in many other NaNos, as far back as I can remember, and I’ve never actually won. Every year, I’d say I’d like to change that. This year is no different. I’d like to win one!
Leading up to this NaNo, I toyed with two different stories, both with tentative titles. The first, Gautier, is one I’ve been marinating for a while. It’s a gay shapeshifting erotic story featuring — wait for it — UNICORNS! The second, Spellblade, is a more traditional fantasy epic, complete with a Trojanesque War and dueling wizards and quests to obtain legendary items. I like the idea of writing something like that, but it’s still pretty fresh in my mind and I didn’t get a chance to flesh the plot or the setting out as much as I’d have liked.. so I’ve settled on Gautier.
I wrote the prologue, set in present tense, and the first chapter, set in past tense, tonight. That got me to about 2,500 words already, which is well above my daily goal of 1,667 words. I usually start strong, though, and then peter out in a few days. A lot of my momentum tonight, I think, came from a brief divorce between me and my usual hobby, competitive online video games. Let me tell you, playing League of Legends is not good for my blood pressure or my sanity. So I uninstalled, then wrote the 2,500 words, then reinstalled for lack of anything better to do. At least I’m consistent in my inability to stick to my guns, right?
In related news, I’ve had a poem and a short story published since last we spoke. Both were accepted by Chelsea Street Editions for the anthologies. One is for modern gay poetry and one is for modern gay fiction, though I never remember which, and since I’m both modern and gay, I fit right in! I got paid nothing for the poem and only $35 for the short story, but I don’t mind; it’s two more credits to add to my writing resume! And that’s great!
In addition, I sent out Eternity in an Hour to Riptide Publishing’s open call for submissions. I’m not supposed to hear back for up to six months, though, and until then, Eternity is on a hold, since Riptide doesn’t accept simultaneous submissions. I find that whole standard baffling. Do people realize how hard it is to get published? Do they realize how long it takes to write a novel? Do they not understand how big of an inconvenience it is to have to sit on a manuscript for that long? I mean, I’m in the market for publication, not marriage. Do I really have to be monogamous?
But I digress. I’m hoping I hear from them sooner rather than later, and I’m hoping the news is good. As far as gay publishers go, Riptide sounds pretty fantastic, and they seem to care about their writers’ careers as well, which is nice. It’d be a great way, again, to get my foot in the door and, if Eternity is well-received, an automatic in for the sequels. That’d be great!
But it’s late, and my sleep schedule is absolutely destroyed because of an early morning meeting I had to attend last weekend. I do, however, need at least to attempt to sleep, so I must bid you adieu. I will, I hope, not be quite as absent as I’ve been the past year. I may not be able to quit video games cold turkey, but perhaps I can at least cut back?