Happy May Day; Happy Beltain to my fellow Celtophiles. The colorful maypole in my yard is being drenched with snowy-rain this morning, so we’re calling off the pagan festivities. Meanwhile, I’m hard at work, rather glad for a gray, drizzly day. They’re the best writing days.
I’ve got a few writing projects percolating this month. The hardest thing for me to do is prioritize sensibly and not work on what is simply the easiest or the most appealing at the moment. Pressing deadlines, pressure from writing partners or a writing class are good motivators, though, so I’m letting them help me get my work done this month.
First, I have a handful of short stories, completed first drafts, that I’ve been avoiding doing further revisions and edits on. The stories aren’t related, not by character or location or theme, but I’m going to package five of the best ones into an eBook. Since I know almost nothing about publishing an eBook yet, I’m thinking that figuring the process out will take me not a little time, as will revisions/edits, so this is a new idea that is being pushed back a bit, with a “ready to publish” goal date of September, 2013. Two of the stories are close to completion, but the others need work, possibly of the major variety. On the whole, going this route seems a whole lot easier than trying to sell each story individually to magazines, although I don’t preclude that possibility. Wishy-washy much?
Secondly, I have my novel, The River of Time, that was featured in my Blog Hop blog (see April 29 entry)… and, man, I am glad I’m done with Blog Hop…I am tired of typing those words. “River” currently exists in a very rough stage with a couple of chapters written and the rest sketched out in random notes, but at this vantage point (after 20+ years) I am thinking I will need to do major rewrites on them and proceed from there. My goal is to have a completed, usable draft by the end of this year.
Okay, I’ve committed myself. Now, I need to f follow through because I’ve told you about it. My capacity for self-delusion about my progress on this book knows no limits, especially when I have kept it all to myself for so long. No more procrastination on this huge project, not any more.
Thirdly, I am working on what I think will end up being a novella and will fall into the category of Y/A (Young Adult) fiction. The story emerged from a free writing exercise in a short story class I am taking, the idea one of those unexpected gems that hold a whole world of possibilities. I know where the story is going, but still have a lot of writing to do. By the time class ends at the end of May, I should have a pretty decent start, if not a completed first draft.
And finally, I am working on a Super-Duper Top Secret Writing Project that will last the month of May. It’s actually my top priority for the month, so the other three projects will need to fit themselves in where they can. I’m working on it with a writing partner, so don’t feel completely at liberty to disclose much about it yet, but I can assure you that there will be leaks from time to time during the Merry Month of May.
With that, I’m off to work.