I’ve got some big goals for my writing this year. I don’t believe they are unachievable, but I do know that they will take some time and effort (two things that university just seems to devour). My first goal for the year is to finish my novel Black Ice and then edit the crap out of it until I feel it is satisfactory enough to send away to publishing companies. I’m hoping it may get me at least a little attention, as I feel it is my strongest work. Also, I’ve looked into a few publisher’s who either publish exclusive Sci-Fi and Fantasy, or have a major Sci-Fi and Fantasy department. Regardless of which type of publisher it is, they all say the same things: “We receive far too many Fantasy novels than we could EVER publish, and have to turn down even REALLY GOOD ones that come along due to quotas. However, we don’t receive ENOUGH Science-Fiction submissions – especially good Science-Fiction – so we are always on the lookout for more Science-Fiction.” I basically took this to mean that I have a better chance of getting published with a Science-Fiction novel over a Fantasy. This is exciting because I’ve written loads of Fantasy novels, but Black Ice is among only a handful of Science-Fiction novels I’ve written. My fingers are crossed and you better wish me luck with Black Ice.
Another thing I’d be interested in doing is perhaps going through a bunch of my poetry and try to assemble some compilation of all of my ‘good ones’ that would make for a nice poetry book. Maybe I could try my hand at getting that published, too. I’ve got tons of poetry – and certain days I like certain poems better than others – so it would most definitely be an immense undertaking.
Once I sort of have Black Ice under the reins, I’d like to get back into writing my Demonria series of novels. I think I need to stop and do some major planning, re-thinking, researching, note-taking and re-writing. It will definitely be a lot of work, but it will be SO fun and so rewarding. I’ve got to hammer out a few details and organize a more fully structured plot than what I had before. I’m thinking a complete re-imagining of the entire series. It could work.
I have so many other projects I’d like to touch bases with. High Wizard, Lost Worlds, Dante’s Journey, Aftermath, The Starfire Project and more. I need to really sit down and do some thinking on which novels are my priorities. Aftermath is a complete draft in need of editing, as is Lost Worlds; The Starfire Project is barely an idea in my head that I think I want to save for NaNoWriMo 2013; Dante’s Journey is a novel I started years ago that is really quite gruesome and depressing, and I’m not sure if I want to get into all of that; and High Wizard is the first novel I wrote to completion. I wrote High Wizard in six writing journals, before my days of typing on the computer. In that sense, it is a lot of work just to go through the journals, read my awful printing and try to find something worth working on.
The first three journals of High Wizard – which I had originally written as the first three novels in a six novel series because I thought a small journal was big enough for one novel – actually tell the story of two cousins who buy a new house, which turns out to be possessed by a Dark Lord. This house attracts the attention of a ‘High Wizard’ and the cousins are swept out on a quest to find the Fifth Element, a powerful stone that can defeat the Dark Lord. The Fifth Element must be forged, however, from the four elements (each of which are embodied in their own stone). These cousins, along with a few other companions, must travel the world and defeat the four elemental guardians to get to the four stones. I had originally intended this to be five books: The Cyclops’ Pass, The Eagle’s Tower, The Sea Serpent’s Realm, The Dragon’s Nest and The Fifth Element. The more I think of this, the more I realize that this could do quite well as a young readers’ novel – or novel series – much like Deltora Quest or The Spiderwick Chronicles. What do you think?
Anyways, as you can tell I’ve got a lot going on writing wise. All I can say is it’s a good thing the rest of my life is so boring. There are a lot of projects that I can delve right into, but for now, my main writing priority is Black Ice. I really want to finish that novel and then see if there is anything that I can do with it once it’s finished.
I’m pretty much pooped now, how about you?
One last, quick thing, though. You may have noticed a change of scenery at the top of this page. What do you think? Do you like it? I feel like it brightens up my pages so much more. Light blue on white was beginning to get a little redundant, so I thought some vibrant green would help to lighten the mood. I took the photo myself, too, if anyone cares. I didn’t even have to place the maple leaf in the water there. I was just crossing a small bridge, looked down and there it was, begging me to take a picture. In fact, it practically took itself.
Thanks for reading!