Monday, October 5, 2015

October, October

So, it's October 5, and I'm at that stage of pre-writing I like to call "But what am I gonna write for NaNoWriMooooooo?"  (imagine that in a whiny child voice. Five year old, say)

Because I don't know what I'm going to write for NaNoWriMo. I could actually write the sequel to Learn to Howl this time, but I've actually gotten a somewhat notion of how to rewrite Learn to Howl so it's no longer "Is this YA?" as a few people have asked (I mean, I guess as it stands, it could be NA urban fantasy, but New Adult currently has mostly to do with things like "steamy scenes" and "heat levels", and there is none of that in Learn to Howl. Theoretically, there's room for non-romance, but romance-y stuff is what's caught fire there [hurr hurr].)

I did kinda-sorta think of a way I could write a sequel to The Last Song....but considering I'm hearing crickets and form R's on that front, a saying about eggs and baskets comes to mind. Also, Angry Robot Books is going to have another open door submission period in December, so I could send either manuscript there.

But, I feel like I should keep with the spirit of NaNoWriMo and break new ground. So maybe I'll stop dithering and write some fucking space scifi (my Get Your Ass to Mars shirt should arrive today, in fact. I purchased it from Buzz Aldrin's site after live-watching the NASA brief on how THEY FOUND EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL LIQUID WATER THERE and if you're not excited about that you should be).

And so, in this state, I am gesturing at what I did last October, which is submitting something, somewhere, each day. A paying market (I only submit to paying markets, and in the case of Daily Science Fiction, it really paid off. And then got me the non-paying but still freaking awesome spot on the Far-Fetched Fables podcast.)

(Okay, I'm either in rare form, or reading Jenny Lawson's new book, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things , is influencing me more than I realized. Whatevs.)

Thus far, I've sent out 5 things (to One Story, Shimmer, Nightmare, See the Elephant, and Tin House) and received 2 rejections already (Shimmer, Nightmare), which is very good for my turnaround in that I have few old ragged stories to rub together still. A few new ones that still need the edges polished. Oh yeah, and titles. Freaking titles.