Part of trying to be successful is to make goals and then, the tricky part, achieve them. With that in mind, here is the first of a monthly series of blog updates. This way you know I'm actually doing something . . . . and I'll have to do something because if I don't - I won't have an update. The pressure of accountability, but, hopefully in a good way.
The Gaia Effect - my post apocalyptic novel set 200 years in the future.
- I must must must put a one paragraph synopsis on my website - it occurred to me the other day that I'm telling everyone to read the first chapter which is great but I haven't actually told them what the book is about.
- I have sent out query letters to about 45 agents, the deadline for them to reply to me is the end of March so there's still a little time to get excited.
A little book of verse - a short book of collected poems.
- This is an exercise in learning about self publishing - plus I have lots of poems so why not?
- I'm in the process of typing them up which I hope to finish this month. Then there will be a contents page and then the final upload. I'm using Amazon's CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing as a giant self publishing learning curve.
Hackers & Jackers - this is (or will be) a collaboration project with the hubster. If he ever stops tinkering.
- My beloved wrote a book - the concept was awesome but he didn't feel that the writing was very strong so he asked me to take a look. And I will, if he ever gives me a final first draft.
Thursday's Child - a tale about finally finding love, based on a true story
- I'm using this project for the 2016 Pen to Print Writing Competition so a synopsis and first chapter have to submitted by the end of the month.
- I've got bags of time.
- Did I mention I work well under pressure?
Short Story Initiation
- Local serial killer, based on a true story - to be submitted to Pen to Print - but not till September.
- A unique take on the ridiculousness of political correctness but I can't tell you anymore because it will totally ruin the ta-da twist moment.
- Two or maybe three sci fi tales which happened when I got hit by a passing particle of inspiration, found an envelope, scribbled down the brilliant concept, then put that scrap of paper in a safe place and now cannot find it but am still convinced of the excellence. To be continued.
And finally - a discarded idea. Having had many different jobs in my career life thus far and experiencing pretty much all the crappy stuff that can happen at work I was thinking of trying to write a humorous take on it all. Then I got very very scared at being too honest - something I'm famous for - so for now that will go back to the gently marinating pile. That dusty box that lives under the bed, you know the one, until I can think of a superbly clever way of writing it.
Oh and I'm trying to blog more regularly. You probably noticed that already. Keep me honest!