It’s been a while since I last talked about the progress of my various writing projects. So let’s do that today.
My completed novel hasn’t been touched for a while. I stopped querying it a while back because I was only getting form rejections which led me to wonder if there might be something seriously wrong with something in the first three chapters. I intend to review it, fix it and then query some more but so far I’ve been to busy with other projects. In the long term I might have to self publish it because it’s so hard to market books that straddle multiple genres.
Now exists as a complete Beta Version 3.1. I have a couple of beta readers looking at it but I don’t really have a timetable on preparing it to query agents. Sadly the complete version is too long and, at the time of writing, I have to cut 17,500 words from it. That’s quite a lot to cut, even from a novel that’s over 100,000 words.
I’m pretty pleased with it as it stands so I’m not looking forward to having to cut that many words. Of course the benefit of it is that it means that I can put of querying it and the inevitable rejection that will bring since, just like Singularity, it straddles genre. You’d think suave British spies vs Celtic gods would be an easy sell but I am 90% sure that it won’t be.
The young adult urban fantasy novel that I worked on last NaNoWriMo has been largely lying dormant since then. Now that I’ve finished the most recent re-write of Project Kindness and it’s too early to start work on this year’s NaNoWriMo novel I’m going through the first draft with a view to putting together an outline for the rewrites.
I feel pretty optimistic about it. The characters are great, the scenes and plot that I already have are pretty good and I think this novel has genuine potential. The publishing industry seems to be less nervous about contemporary fantasy in YA novels so maybe there’s some hope for traditional publishing with this one.
This is the working title for the novel I’ll be working on during NaNoWriMo 2019. It’s still in the very early stages but I took a gamble and submitted it to the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition. I didn’t get through but then I wasn’t really expecting too because although it is a detective novel it’s a sci fi detective novel.
I’ve got a lot of reading and outlining and world building to do before November. So far I’ve got some character names, some backstory, a chunk of plot and a part of a playlist. Here’s a little teaser for anyone who’s interested.
Fifty years into the future. Jack is a decorated veteran working on a memoir of heroism and debauchery. The heroism was mostly other people’s; the debauchery was all his own. After spending most of his advance an old friend introduces him to someone looking for a flat share. Locke is a skinny collection of maladaptive coping mechanisms. She’s completely immune to Jack’s charms and terrifyingly bright but also barely capable of looking after herself. Desperate for a distraction from his memoir Jack follows Locke into an investigation of a seemingly harmless new religious movement that nearly gets them both killed.
There’s nothing new to say about Project Cecil or Project Dingo and I have no immediate plans to work on either of them. I wrote an essay about pregnancy for a body positivity website and I even got paid for it but as far as I know it hasn’t been published anywhere yet so I can’t link to it.
I keep thinking that I should make more effort to find freelance writing work but I don’t have much idea how to do that, I’m worried about getting sick and letting people down and I’m scared it will leave me too tired to work on my other writing.
I might be about to start writing more here. I stopped writing the Zeppelin Watch stuff because it hurt too much to contemplate how fucked we all are by our precipitous slide into an alternative reality from the dreams of someone who read too many Commando comics when they were growing up. However I have recently returned to those sorts of posts because not even I can mope forever.
I’m still trying to find some way of generating an income but there’s nothing on the horizon. I have no idea how to set up a Patreon that would actually make money. I’ve looked into selling t-shirts but the shipping costs charged by drop shippers are so high that very few people would pay them. Once again I’m stuck in a position where I can’t get to where I want to be if I start from where I am.