So, after a month that felt like I was doing just about everything except writing, I’ve got to change plans. I’ll be sending my manuscript to editors late this month instead of having done so last week as I had planned. I should still be able to have it published by late November.
I’m exploring ways to do some pre-order/crowd funding to help pay for it. I hope to have something up soon for this as well.
Enough talk, back to editing!
The deadline is set for getting my manuscript in for editing and now things are getting real. In order to get my book published in time to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the fires, I need to hand it in for editing right after Labor Day. Things have fallen into place fairly well, but I still have that little voice at the back of my head that there’s something I’ve missed.
I’ve visited the state and county historical associations, spent an inordinate amount of time staring at microfilm copies of the Loomis newspaper, plus two published in nearby communities. I’m coming up dry so I am assuming that there isn’t any major things left to find and I should continue on with whatever I have. I’ll be heading back home for Labor Day, so I’m going to make one last research push a couple days earlier. I’m doubtful I’ll find anything new – but I’ll happily spend Labor Day in front of my keyboard if I do.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve had some pretty encouraging news. As a result of my flash fiction piece getting published over at Theme of Absence, i was approached by a company looking to help me publish my first book. I am really exciting about this, and also very nervous. While it was still a hobby, I could futz around with it, but now that there are deals happening and people interested in reading it – I’m putting a lot of pressure to get it done and get it done right.
Oh – and the book itself underwent some major revisions. I kept finding my self writing about the characters that were there to just walk people through the events around the times of the fires, but I spent way too much time with them as characters and not enough with the actual history. I decided to split the project because of this – the first part is a completely non-fictional telling of the events of the fires of 1914. This is what I’ll publish this year. Getting this history out there for the 100 year anniversary is a bit arbitrary, but it would mean a lot to me to accomplish this.
Next I will take what were supposed to be POV characters for the tale and write a more fictional account, fleshing out the characters and adjusting a few details to make it a better story. That should be my main project for 2015. I also have a flash fiction project that I’m hoping to start in 2015, but I need to see if some other things fall into place first.
Today marks a small milestone for me. My first piece of published fiction, The History Buff, is released today. Granted it is a small flash-fiction piece, but I still feel a little giddy about it. I’ve had my writing published before, but they were all non-fiction and academic. This is something different for me.
I have quite a few friends that are making great headway toward their writing goals and they just inspire me so much. Even though I’m not planning on leaving librarianship in the near future; having some success in fiction writing is something of a dream of mine and it feels good to get that first recognized piece published, no matter how small it is.
Got word that my flash fiction piece will be published on Theme of Absence on July 4. If I would have known the date, I would have submitted something a little more … explosive.
This also means I got to get my web site & social media stuff back in shape. I’ve neglected all of them for a long time. Now that I’m taking a small step toward becoming an “author”, I need to make sure I follow up on it.
Finally got through the month of May. All the moves, updates, hiring, and more have taken place. I’m still catching up on the things I had to set aside during the month, like getting my writing time in. All the momentum I had going into May was lost, so I now I have to start back up again. I think I’m off to a good start as I’ve fired off my first flash fiction piece for possible inclusion in a new site launching next week and really digging into the revisions of my book.
So outside of my writing attempts, there’s a ton of stuff going on at my “real job”. This month my office is putting on one of the main training events we do all year, plus another big event. I’ve attended one of them before I took this job, so I know what to expect, but the other one I have no clue on how it is run. All I know is that it has worked well in past so I shouldn’t mess with it.
I’m also looking for a replacement for the Administrative Assistant. My current one is leaving this month, so I have him focusing on getting what he knows down in our procedure book.
On top of that, my workplace will be switching office suites with another group in our building so there are all those logistics to take care of.
Needless to say, I’m not looking for more things to do right now. I’m not complaining, I’m exciting about tackling these challenges. I’m also looking forward to my downtime in June after all this is done.
So I’ve hit the point I wanted to finish on my book, but I’ve discovered that I have some unresolved items floating around. As I was writing I created a relationship that I didn’t really expect to see happen between some of the characters. If I just stop the story where it is at – things just fall flat now. I don’t think it has quite the emotional punch it could have if I do something with the relationship at the end.
I could go through on my revisions and take that sub-plot out but since it developed organically out of the writing, I hate to take do that. It rings true to what was happening because I wasn’t forcing it. We’ll see if it still stands at the end. I could mess up things atrociously by mucking around trying to change it.
So, today’s my birthday. Another day older, another day wiser. I’m actually doing quite well right now. I’m keeping my physical fitness regimen and chipping away at my excess weight. Our finances are tight but not as bad as they used to be. I’ve got a good job, friends and family nearby – all in all I’m not doing too bad.
Yep -can’t say that the past forty-plus years have wore me down yet. Let’s see how the next sixty treat me.
I’m not going to hit my self-imposed end of April deadline for the first draft of my book, but I’m OK with that because I’m really close to being done. Just wrapping up a couple of the plot lines and I’ll have my first draft complete. I know the revision stage is going to be ghastly, but at least now I have my raw material to work with. I’ve dug the ore out of the mine and now time to see if I have gold or iron pyrite.