Monday, December 22, 2014

What's inspiring me right now

So I kind of already had space scifi in mind for a future/next project.

Then I saw this .gif somewhere (I've sourced it from Daily Mail in this linkage). It's what astronauts see out the window on reentry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making sure you're really ready

So, every time #PitMad happens, I miss it. I only occasionally find out about it ahead of time (I did this last week) but invariably, I miss it.

Really, it's good that I missed it this last time. It's good that I've missed it every time. My novels aren't ready yet. Learn to Howl might be. However, I'm fairly confident that the query letter for it, at present, is shit. I also want to have the subsequent two novels of the trilogy at least outlined (the sequel is a book I'm going to be working on presently, I feel. Still not sure what Official Next Project™ is) The Last Song might be ready, and I don't feel the query letter is shit, actually. Which is kind of a surprise, actually, but a nice surprise.

In addition to the novels not quite being ready (I really need to hear Reader Opinions on The Last Song, and I do want to start querying it in the new year. February, if not January), I also don't have a 140 character pitch. If I have a hard time with a query letter, how am I going to whittle it down further? It's possible, obviously. Many people do it, many of them very well.

I don't know when the next one is, nor how one becomes part of that whisper-network with its fingertips dangling in the publishing currents via twitter. But maybe I'll be ready then.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Collecting my thoughts

Took kind of a break there. It's typically needed, after NaNoWriMo. After running a library program for NaNoWriMo (today was the last day for that). The decompression is good. Perhaps a bit of self congratulation for writing every day (pretty much) for the month. After a month of submitting stories every day.