So, I've been absent here for a long time. After I finished the Demon Game and began sending it out to agents, I took a break from writing, first for the Christmas season and then to sort out some issues with my main character in my new story.
But besides juggling work,kids and writing as usual, I struggled with fibromyalgia, which I've now had for about a year. It's an illness sort of like arthrites of the muscle tissues, a cluster of symptoms that varies with each person. Mine include chronic pain (mostly in hips, butt, knees, feet, arms and hands), fatigue, a foggy mental state (not good for creativity, that), fuzzy memory, dizziness, tingling and numbness in the extremities, and sleeping issues. Oh, and a rather large weight gain, out of the blue, to top it off nicely.
Fibromyalgia has no known cause or cure, but on the upside, it's not progressive or fatal. So things could be worse. I try to cope and still make writing a priority. As always, writing makes life so much better. Now if only I could keep my butt in that chair...
Finished the first draft of the Demon Game at 67,000 words.
Somehow finishing gets more anticlimactic for every book I write. Maybe it's because I know how unfinished 'finished' really is. I mean, there's revision (although I do quite a bit while I write so most of that is already done too). But then there's revision of the 2nd draft and so on and so on. And IF I get lucky and sell it, then there's more revision to come.
Also, an agent who asked to see the full said it shouldn't be longer than 50-60 K. ? For YA, I think that's a bit short, but if an agent says 'short', you get out the long knife and start slashing, right?
So I have that ahead of me still too.
But yeah, first draft's done, and I'm pretty pleased how it turned out so far. :)
Had a busy summer. The SCBWI conference in LA was great. If you've been there, you know what I mean, and if you haven't, try to get yourself there in the future. I know it's not cheap, but it is sure worth it.
Highlights too numerous to mention, but Bruce Coville's speech and a junior agent asking to send my full manuscript were among them.
After the conference my sister and her family visited from Europe. We had a good time and nice, hot weather.
Then, a couple of days ago, my husband, my two sons and I were in a major car crash. We were driving down the highway when a pick-up truck cut us off. My hubby drove into the passenger side of the truck and our Ford Escape's front totally crumpled up and both airbags popped. I had been sleeping in the backseat, but sat up when my hubby yelled. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt (except the Ford Escape, which took the bullet for us. It's totalled, and we only had it for about two months). I took my boys to the hospital to get checked out, but we all came away with only small bruises.
I can't express how grateful I am that nothing happened to my family that day. It still seems unreal.
So it looks like the booklaunch party/reading/signing in my mall is really going to happen. I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.
How do you decide which part to read? I was thinking near the beginning, so I won't give too much away. Also HOW LONG should I read for? Taking into consideration the short attention span of teens these days...
Did you practice the reading at home? I get nervous in front of an audience. But I guess it'll get easier in time. :) Right?