Three More Months

And I'll officially be done with school. Finally. With my master's degree under my belt, all that's left is for me to become able to get my LPC. I'll have completed all sixty hours required, and I'll be ready for my two-year supervisory period. Yay!

So what does this mean for my writing? Tons! Right now, most of my writing is relegated to non-fictional analyses of psychological issues, counseling practice, and multicultural competency. Thrilling subjects--for me--but not so much for people who prefer fiction over academic papers. Many of my Murder buddies have joined together to create a tabletop roleplaying podcast. There's this podcast planned regarding the long-time argument about whether hexagonal or square grid maps are better. I plan to bring the neuropsychology in: without boring listeners. That's hard. I like to fap about those things. It is my career.

After school, I'll be able to focus more on my fiction writing. Maybe finally get some novels out there that I've been working on forever, like Pyrrhic and Sam. And get my serial Navigator going. My weekday nights will be free, and all the other time I'm not spending in school will no longer be smothered by homework and papers. I'll have no excuses is what I mean.

I'm behind on Nanowrimo already. It's the sixth, and I'm not going to be able to do any work until at least Saturday. It'll be tough to catch up, but I've done it before. With school winding down--that is, at the tail end of its rising action culminating in its climax in the beginning of December--that will make Nanowrimo especially challenging. But I'd be remiss if I didn't try. I've won the last few years, and I hope to keep that streak going.

The Quiet... The Awful Quiet

Life has been insane. Work has me piled up with clients, school has me piled up with coursework, and then there’s this. My love, left so lonely.

Fortunately, it’s not been abandoned. Navigator: Belying Pacific, the first episode in the Navigator series, is almost done. To clarify, the first draft is almost done. It needs a lot of work, which has been interesting for my writing group. Characters disappear between critique sessions, new events are described that had never been referred to before, and anyone who misses one session gets lost in the next. Needless to say, the second draft will be more coherent.

I see a third draft ahead of me, assuming it’s final. This is one of the unfortunate truths of taking on a project like this; completing it has become significantly harder than I suspected. I thought I’d be done by October, but we’re plowing through September and the first draft is still incomplete. And the middle…I don’t even want to talk about the middle. It’s hollow in places, character development appears at odd places, and the story is disastrously predictable.

Of course, it’d difficult to make a story based on an old form predictable, but my group has been great at giving me some options. Not only that, they’ve educated me regarding the very crux of the form I’ve been trying to replicate and how I’ve deviated from it in detrimental ways.

I love my writing group for what they’ve done to my story. They challenge me consistently and make me a better writer every week. I hope that I’m able to meet their high standards so that I can get Navigator: Belying Pacific out by the end of the year. In the meantime, we’re still accepting submissions for Beyond the Nightlight, so if you’ve got childhood fears give it a shot.

There’s also Rocket Ride, for the male-on-male, sci-fi eroticist in you.

Murder and Deadlines

A Murder of Storytellers now has a new site, and has officially become a publishing company. We never really expected that to happen, but it’s pretty amazing news. Consequently, all we “Murderers” have become editors. Our first open submission anthology is called Beyond the Nightlight, a collection of prose works focused on childlike and child-related terrors. We’ve already received some great submissions, but we hope to receive more, so if you’re a writer, get to submitting. We want to see your work.

One of the joys of editing is getting to see work before it’s published. I’m currently reading a novel that we hope to publish by next year. I won’t say anymore about that because it’s a secret. Also, it’s not my work, and I’d need permission from the author to talk about it. And we haven’t worked out a contract yet. You know, all the little things.

Navigator is going slowly but surely. Class and an exceptional amount of work is keeping me quite busy. But my new boss has given me a deadline for the first episode of the series, Belying Pacific. I hope it comes out by October of this year, and my goal is to publish a new episode once every three months. My novel, Phyrric, may have to wait until I’m done with school and under supervision for my licensure as a professional counselor.

Finally, I made it to 31. Now I’m really and truly in my thirties. It’s time to get moving on these writing goals. Time’s a wastin’.

Navigator

Navigator is an old story I’ve been working on since I was still at Tulane. I used it as my thesis project for my Bachelor’s degree. But I never really got around to finishing it.

Ever since the OWFI conference, I know Shannon and I have been thinking about writing episodic pieces. I’ve decided that Navigator will be mine, since it was always designed to be more of a series than a novel–with episodes instead of chapters.

I’m hoping to get the first episode out by October, at the latest. I’ve completed Chapters 1 and 2, and they’re going to go to my writing group for discussion and dissection this Friday. I’m excited.

Here’s my plan. I will get the story proofed as I go along, but I will do no edits at all until I’m done with the first “episode.” I will collect everyone’s comments and make notes on them as I progress. Then, only when I’m done, I’ll go back and start doing the edits that were suggested by my group members. After that, I’ll turn the whole thing back to the group for final edits.

After that’s done, it should be ready for self-publication as an ebook. That’s my plan so that I can finally get a large piece of work done. I’d like to put one episode out every three months. OWFI inspired me. My group will no doubt keep me from losing that inspiration. They’re an incredible bunch without whom I would have no right to call myself an author.