The New Year is upon us, but can you believe January 2018 is almost finished? I thought this was the perfect time to divulge what I’ve been up to. Quite a lot of exciting things happened at the close of 2017, so here’s a recap:
Querying Vanity: Yes, my steampunk ghost story is off in the query trenches! I’m anxious to hear back from some hopeful replies from amazing agents and publishers. I’ve learned that typing “THE END” on my final draft has only been the beginning. However, I’m beyond thrilled that I’m now one step closer to getting Vanity into your hands soon!
Participated in NaNoWriMo 2017: Last November marked my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. It provided a great distraction while waiting to hear back on queries. I didn’t finish my first draft as intended, but oh my goodness, I’m really excited for this next sci-fi trilogy of mine. Book One that I’ve entitled “Project Gen 2.24” is set in the near future about a coder named Adam whose skills are put to the test to save humanity from the sinister plans of a cyborg. As his work begins, Adam discovers his role in the project is much larger than his binary commands. Don’t worry, I’ll entice you more with this later.
Our Family Grew: From following me on social media, some of you may know I gave birth to our third and final child in December. While writing is a great passion of mine, I can say with certainty that welcoming our daughter was the best way to end 2017. We are enjoying getting to know her and look forward to seeing her personality blossom.
Beyond a recap, I also want to share with you some goals/expectations for 2018. Here’s what I have in store for you:
Sign to publish Vanity: A major goal of mine this year is to successfully sign to get my debut novel out into the world. While I know the publishing game involves a lot of waiting, I’m optimistic my querying will not go to waste. I’ll keep you posted on any details that I can!
Finish Project Gen 2.24: Quite the ambitious one, aren’t I? For some writers, a break from writing one manuscript before beginning another is needed. But what is a writer to do when a new story is begging to be written? My outline has been crafted, I’ve gotten several chapters written, and I have one awesome critique partner cheering me on. With that combo, I’m looking forward to cranking out this story that has been sitting on the sidelines for too long.
More Blogs and Writing Prompts: Part of December 2017 was dedicated to revamping and brainstorming my future blogging schedule. As such, I’ve felt compelled to include a way to give back to the writing community. One of my favorite things to do is to encourage other writers, especially when writer’s block seems to surface in others. As such, I’m going to be posting writing prompts that I’m calling Spark Prompts. Did you know my idea for Vanity came about all because of a simple writing prompt? I hope you’ll join in the fun! You’ll be able to share your own responses or enjoy reading what my mind comes up with. Either way, it will give you a break from scrolling through social media feeds while waiting in line, right? 😉
I think those are all the updates at this time. How did 2017 fare for you? What are you goals for 2018? Feel free to share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to as well.
Until next post,