I promised you all a writing update post, and here it is.
I know I haven’t posted much this summer, but I promise you there is a very good reason. And that reason is…
I wrote another novel!
You may remember that I published my first one, Touchstones, this past winter. Well, I have completed the first draft of book one in a planned trilogy. Its working title is Light of the Oceans. It is only the first draft, and I suspect that it will be cut down to be a good deal shorter in the first round of edits alone, but right now it is 201,054 words long.
It’s not connected to Touchstones, like, at all. Different universe, no crossover characters whatsoever. It’s different, and I like it.
So, that’s what I spent much of May, June, and July doing. Writing that.
I’ve also been writing a bunch of short stories, many of which may appear on this blog, depending on which ones get edited down to be shorter and which ones grow into longer, more episodic stories. And I’ve been outlining—There are several more novels that I plan to write in the future—the other two books that are supposed to accompany Light of the Oceans, a more contemporary, less fantasy novel that I’ve been working on lately, and also… drumroll please… a companion to Touchstones! It’s an idea that I had been toying around with for a long time, and I have finally decided to go ahead and actually get that done. No idea when I will start writing it, but I do at least know what I would be writing it about.
In addition to all of the long writing projects, I think I have mentioned my job at an art museum. As a part of that, I’ve been doing rather a lot of visual artwork (follow my Instagram to see more about that). I did a post over on Chelsea’s wonderful blog, 100 Ways to Write where I talked about this—working with a medium other than words has really allowed me to open up my creative horizons, and to really stretch to the very limits of my comfort zone, to the point where what seemed impossible before now seems… I don’t know, manageable at the very least.
I am also a member of the Writing Fellows organization at my school. What is a Writing Fellow, you may ask?
WF is an incredible group of creative students, and I’m honored to have been selected. We had to apply, giving writing samples and talking about why we specifically wanted to be a part of the program. We will be meeting frequently throughout the year and discussing writing prompts and workshopping each other’s work. We also are charged with staffing the Writing Center, which is a space where we help other students develop their own writing skills.
I have also been keeping up with my reading challenge for 2015, which is to read 365 books in 365 days. If you’re curious about my progress on that, or you just want to see what I’ve been reading, take a look at my Goodreads page— go ahead and add Touchstones on there, too!
So, as you can see, I’ve been busy, and much of that busy (the part that hasn’t been writing) has had to do with social media– I have also created a new Facebook page—go ahead and like that for more updates, or check out my Twitter.