Wow, September has just flown by – it seemed to disappear in a haze of shifting and unpacking. It doesn’t feel like I have done a lot writing wise – probably because I haven’t, I have been too preoccupied trying to make things fit, finding homes for things and making sure that the new house stays tidy and clean! Anyway, this is what I got up to during September:
# Get Chrystias finished off and start looking around for a publisher / agent for it. – Gareth has sent through all of the feedback on this, and it has been invaluable. Fortunately I must be getting closer to a more perfect story because there weren’t nearly as many comments this time around as their was the first time. Thanks Heaps Gareth, really appreciate it!
# Get Kings Queens and Noblemen edited to the second edit – with a view to getting it finished by the end of the year – For some reason, I really don’t want to edit this one. So I might just can the idea of doing this. Instead I edited Medusa’s Garden. So I will swap this and say that Medusa’s Garden is now out with readers for their initial opinion.
# Create more short stories and really start to focus on developing this skill further – I finished August’s short story and completed September’s one as well. It was a story that had been brewing for a while, and after my interview with Ripley Patton, I was able to write a more heartfelt story and resolved some issues that I had regarding the passing of some people I knew.
# Get one short story published (in a magazine / e-zine) (something other than my own blog site!) – I think I will get Death is Her Name (Septembers Short Story) ready for submitting.
# Finish off some story ideas and start writing the next novel – the first draft to be completed before the end of the year (2010) – Well this has been done for Medusa’s Garden, and now I am embarking on writing my second novel this year. It is a Gothic Novel in line with Writing Down Under’s Gothic Novel Writing Month. Hell, it is something that has fascinated me for a wee while now. No better time than now to try it.
# Encourage some of my writing friends – Gareth, honestly, I have started on it – ten times! Just need to get passed the part that I have already done and work from there. I will get it done before Christmas!
So, October is Gothic Novel Month – my story is about a monk and a woman who tells everyone that the older man that is always with her is her father, but he is actually her husband. Lots of twists and turns in the story, but have been researching 1500’s with Henry VIII and the fall of the monasteries. Very fascinating period and fits in nicely with the storyline. I am excited, I just hope I can pull it off!