2020: The year the of the writer's pen
I am pleased to say I have had a great start in 2020 so far! My new job as a Content Editor is going well and it’s so great to be able to write for a living, I’ve found it keeps me in the writing mood so the creative writing that I do on the side is benefitting from me writing at work. Additionally, the shorter travel times and more normal work hours have been much appreciated.
I am also super pleased to say that I have had two short stories accepted in the past week.
My resolution to read more this year is also making steady progress as I work my way through The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I still have a hefty backlog of the pile of shame of many, many books that I really should get round to reading. As for another resolution, I’ve had some great feedback on Vulpini and Wolfrik and I am going to revise them both and trim the fat on Vulpini a bit and then get some more feedback on them both.
I hope you’re all having a great year so far too!
Featured image is from The Gibson Book, by Charles Dana Gibson.
Edited on June 1, 2020: After the recent posts by Andrea Dawn of Tell-tale Books, I am removing all links and information that relate to her and her company.
...and what did I do?
Christmas this year seemed to be particularly good; there were no family squabbles, no tears from the kids and everyone seemed happy and grateful for what they received. One of my favourite gifts was a brand new netbook as my old one kept crashing, a real bugbear when you’re trying to do anything. I’ve never cursed myself so much for not saving more often. Thankfully, that is a problem of the past now!
Before Christmas, I finished my first draft of Wolfrik and I have sent out a couple of copies to beta readers. It’s considerably shorter than Vulpini. Given that original the two novels were planned as one, I might revisit where I ended the first and began the second to even the two out as long as I can find a natural conclusion to Vulpini earlier on. I’ve put Wolfrik to the side for now and I’m going to give it some time before I revise it some more and I’ll also take on board the feedback from the early readers.
In other news, I have a new job! I will be leaving behind my GAME family, who I have worked with for many years now. It’s a bittersweet move as I will really miss the team, but I’ve managed to get a job in the field I want so the time was right. In the New Year, I will be starting my new role as Content Editor for a large company. I can’t wait! I’ve wanted to get back into writing again for some time and so I am really psyched for this! That whole “New Year, New You” thing never seemed so appropriate as it does now.
Hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!
Featured illustration from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.
So, I’m not going to lie… this year has not been as productive as I had hoped. I’ve been doing a lot of coursework this past year and so it didn’t leave a lot of room for anything else. Fortunately, my course ends in just a few days and I’ll have more free time again!
So I’m back to sorting through my stuff, I have a few new story ideas, a few new shorts in progress and I am revising Vulpini a little bit. I also need to get some more people to read it for me as I’m looking for some feedback, but beta readers are always few and far between, especially when the manuscript is hefty!
Loving my little fox in my header? It’s by a very awesome artist named Kadi.
So February is here and I am feeling so motivated and positive about writing at the moment. Maybe working through The Artist’s Way really is working for me, who knows! I’m not going to question where my sudden influx of energy has come from, I’m just going to roll with it. I’ve started querying Vulpini again, I’ve submitted to a few short story competitions and I even tried my hand at flash fiction for a new challenge.
I’ve also started trying to be more organised, setting myself monthly goals and mixing it up with different things so I don’t get burnt out just writing Wolfrik, getting despondent over Vulpini queries, or obsessing over short story competitions. I even bought a new diary (any excuse for new stationary) that has all these super helpful trackers and goals sections. I feel so mature about it until I remember I also write in new game releases in there and earlier wrote when preorders would go live for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.