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This Isn’t the Story of Us

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If you had never moved to New York, do you think you and Mark would still have met? Bridget, a good friend, had once asked me this question.

 No, of course not. I had replied, and I had meant it. If asked today, I’d still mean it.

She wants to believe in fate. Kismet. Soul mates. The idea that two people meant to be together will find each other. No matter what.

I don’t believe in this nonsense. I told her I’d have found someone else. Proximity is way more responsible for love than the quantifiable illusion of destiny.

So.

This isn’t the story of how we met. Mark and I.

It isn’t a love story that began with a silly speed-dating event. We never had our first date at that dive bar.

I never felt the undeniable pangs of falling love too soon. Or how I denied it. How I was skittish to find myself getting more tangled in his life.

Or how I could tell how much he loved me without him even having to say it. How he adored me in the beginning up until almost the end. But there is always an end, isn’t there?

It’s not the story of how our lives mingled together.

Or how his friends became my friends. My friends grew to be his.

It’s not the story of how I thought we had the kind of relationship that would last. The kind of relationship people should be jealous of. The kind most people didn’t have.

It’s certainly not about how it ended. Horribly. Cruelly. Broken into pieces.

Nor is it even the story of how he came back one day, spouting words of how he’d changed and how he didn’t quite know how to let me go.

Or even how I agreed to give us another chance only to find out that nothing really changes.

This is the tale of two people and the choices that they make. Choices that lead people away from each other rather than toward each other.

I mean…does anyone really believe we still might have met? Despite taking different paths in life?

Sure. Anything is possible. At our core, our personalities would have been similar. Our interests, similar. So yeah, it’s possible. Probable, though?

Yet as we stumbled. As we teetered and blundered through a chance to reunite in spite of our very real-life complicated situation, I decided to look at our stories. Apart. Where would we be? Who would we be? Who would we love and who would love us?

This isn’t the story of us. This is the story of them.

Stay turned for Chapter 1: The Night We Never Met—Meg

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December Writing Roundup!

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I made my writing goal. Yay! The last few chapters are really coming along nicely and I’m so happy with the story’s progression. Finishing the entire first draft by Christmas is now looking unlikely but I only have 5 more chapters to write so perhaps?…fingers crossed, I still will. If not, it will be done in early January.

What I’ve accomplished since November:

–Finished chapter 12

Added to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Drafted The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

–Finish this second book…then I’ll start revising the first again based on some comments made by agents. As well as work on a short story submission.

Happy Holidays! 🙂

November Writing Roundup!

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Made a decent amount of progress this month and surpassed my goal. Although I had hoped to exceed by at least another chapter or two. Some chapters were smoother to write than others but all in all, a strong effort this month. As long as I stay disciplined, The Elephant Hotel rough draft will be finished by the Christmas holidays.

What I’ve accomplished since October:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-11 plus half of chapter 12 (1.5 chapters ahead of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started outlining a short story submission. Right now I’m simply brainstorming because I want to finish The Elephant Hotel by the end of the year.

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

Write, write, write! 🙂

–Finish chapter 12

Add to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20 (more if I have time)

October Writing Roundup!

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Here I am, ready to take stock of what goals I have (or haven’t accomplished) on my writing path. While I didn’t meet all my targets, I stayed busy with writing and didn’t slack. Sometimes the idea of how long something will take to write or edit isn’t realistic or the story takes a shape I haven’t anticipated. So while I’ll strive to be more productive in the next four weeks, I’m quite happy with the progress I made last month.

What I’ve accomplished since September:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 3-5 (two chapters short of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started compiling another list of literary agents though I might wait to send another round of queries.  I’ve received a few more rejections, but the last couple have been filled with constructive critiques based on partial reads (i.e. not the basic form letter). I will probably start a list of the suggestions and execute some changes before sending more queries. I’m still waiting for half the agents from the last round to get back to me.

 –Revised and polished Shadow, my bounty hunter story story.  Submitted prior to the 9/30 deadline

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

It is a pretty light agenda for the next month…basically, just write, write, write! 🙂

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-10 (more if I have time)


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Writing Roundup!

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Welcome to my first writing roundup!

I started this blog over a year ago, and have been pretty sporadic in keeping my readers informed about my overall progress. So, I will now post an update every month on the 15th. Before you begin reading, please enjoy the beautiful alternative 1880s map of North America designed for The Fly Tower world.

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What I’ve accomplished recently:

 –Submitted queries for my manuscript, The Fly Tower, to ten agents

–Received two rejections on query alone; received one request for a  partial, but later the agent declined to request the full manuscript; haven’t heard back from the remaining seven agents though it’s still within the timelines listed on their websites about turnaround

Surprisingly I’ve been pretty calm and non-obsessive so far.  The rejected queries didn’t even really faze me;  I expected some rejections.  Though, yes, of course, I was disappointed when the one agent sent back the rejection after reading the partial…it was a bummer of a day.  But I had to brush it aside because I need to stay focused and positive, and this is only the beginning stage.

–Plotted and outlined the first two chapters of the second book in the Consortium Chronicles series, tentatively entitled The Elephant Hotel, and wrote about half of the first chapter

 –Plotted a new YA book about a far-flung future where AIs have wiped out humanity, then decades later, decide to clone a human girl from recovered human DNA to learn more about the race they terminated from existence. Story will be told from the girl’s POI and will pick up around the moment she discovers that not only are the parents who raised her really AIs but she is the only human left. Obviously there are deeper intrigues and twists but that’s all I want to say about this one for the moment.

 –Plotted an intergalactic bounty hunter short story for an upcoming anthology currently accepting submissions

Goals for July/August:

 –Complete The Elephant Hotel chapters 1 and 2 rough drafts in July and 4-5 more chapters in August

 –Rework the synopsis and query for The Fly Tower, follow up with any agents as necessary, and send queries to ten additional agents

 –Draft the intergalactic bounty hunter short story

–Actually meet with my writing group in August…I had scheduling conflicts in June and July.

That’s all for now…I’ll be back in August with what I accomplished (or didn’t).

Writing Update Plus Insignia

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This is it! The basic Insignia for Cardinal Airships!

***Cardinal Airships is the commercial dirigible company that The Fly Tower‘s heroine, Captain Bettyna Marin, owns and operates.

The designer (also my boyfriend) finished the insignia concept last week.  Now he just has to add the treatments.  Eventually, there will be three versions:  weathered, metallic, and 3D/raised texture.  Can’t wait to see the finished products! 🙂

As for the novel itself, I have been making some real progress.  I’m almost done with the second round of complete edits.  I also have a couple of minor POV chapters finished.  Very on track for my end of June deadline though I’ll probably need the month of July for some additional cleanup before I start sending query letters to potential agents.

Also, I sent off the first five pages to a freelance editor for a sample hard edit (content plus copy-edit).  My plan/hope is to have the first few chapters hard edited since most agents/publishers tend to buy off the first 3-5 chapters.  (Or at least they used to.)

I still have a long journey ahead of me but I feel really good about the progress.

Gaining Momentum

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The past couple of weeks have been productive for both the creative and business sides of writing.  I completed the first chapter from a minor POV I’ve decided to add plus I’ve managed to get another three chapters edited.  I feel really confident about hitting my late June/early July deadline but it all hinges on how dedicated I am over the next two months. 🙂  The balance in my life has been tipped toward social outings rather than writing but I’m planning to swing that pendulum back toward writing for the next couple of months.

I’ve also started to research possible agents and their submission guidelines…and soon I need to start working on those dreaded query letters. Oh it’s going to be a busy couple of months but it’s exciting to finally reach a stage when I can think about either getting this novel traditionally published or if that doesn’t work out, make steps toward self-publishing.

I really want an editor to review The Fly Tower prior to contacting agents…so I’ve started to research companies that offer content editing plus have received some suggestions from friends. I have a very strong lead with a co-worker’s recommendation and so far, my email interactions with this person have been promising.

Has anyone used a freelance editor for a manuscript that they’d recommend?  I prefer an someone with experience editing science fiction/fantasy.  Extra points if they’ve edited Steampunk works.