After a two-week hiatus, during which my kids were on their winter/holiday break from school, I’m once again back to work on Darkness Falls.
I love my kids, but it’s pretty much impossible for me to get any writing done when they’re home from school. Even if I retreat to my office in the basement, they find me down there with complaints of who’s bothering who, who’s not sharing with the other, who’s breathing the other’s air, etc. But even if I could manage to squeeze in some writing time, which I actually did on more than one occasion, it’s still hard when there are also holidays and family get-togethers added to the mix. I, for one, am really glad it’s all over, done with, and behind me so (a) my bank account can recover, and (b) I can get back to the business of finishing this loooooooooonnnnng overdue book!
As for Darkness Falls itself, I’m back to around 27,000 words on it, having cut a bunch out, rearranged other parts of it, and reworked parts of the story that just weren’t clicking for me. I’m pleased with the direction it’s taking, and I think my wonderful, patient readers will be, too! 😀
I’m still farming my other recent manuscript, Freak of Nature, out to prospective agents. I had a better-than-expected response to my initial queries, sent out quite a few partial submissions upon request, and even a couple of fulls. I still have several pending, and remain hopeful. But at the same time, that little muse in my mind keeps turning back to Freak and coming up with new ideas for ways to revise and rework it. So after I’m finished with Darkness Falls, I’ll probably tinker with it again. One of the biggest reasons I’d love to have an agent again is to have someone to bounce ideas off of, someone who can tell me if they feel like I’m on the right track or not. Even at this point in my life, in my writing career, it’s hard for me to decide sometimes.
So that’s me in a nutshell. I’m looking forward to 2017, come what may politically. From a personal standpoint, I’m in a good place, and I hope to not only stay the course, but continue to pursue bigger and better things, especially when it comes to my writing.
And speaking of which…Creepy Pasta is open to submissions again. I’ve been trying to come up with a good follow-up to my one-hit wonder with them from 2 years ago, “The Periphery People.” That’s definitely on my writing to-do list this month, too.