Because I had such a successful NaNoWriMo, and because I now have a new project on the horizon, I decided to take advantage of the Camp NaNoWriMo summer session and signed up to participate. I will be writing chapters for NAVIGATING THE BREACH (or whatever I rename it to) during April, rather than a novel. Camp NaNoWriMo is more flexible regarding project requirements. I am particularly excited, because I have been working with a literary agent to polish my proposal for submission to publishers. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think we get along well, and I have already received really, really excellent feedback to incorporate into my proposal and project. Hopefully, it is the beginning of a great agent/writer relationship, but I am going to hold my breath (and my tongue about specifics) until the agent in question feels that the proposal is strong enough to submit. I have already spent some time this week revising it.
I still have not begun the re-write process on COMPENDIUM, but I think it could benefit from a little bit of time on the shelf as I focus on other projects. Even though I started writing it about 6 months ago, I only just finished it last month, and I want to read it through with fresh eyes. I also want to take some time to compile my series bible and get down all of the character and setting specifics so that when I do the re-write, I can make sure that everything I have written conforms with my universe. I know you are supposed to do this before you write the book, but I anticipated so much evolution of the canon during the writing itself that I never fully prepared the bible before I got started. I am glad I didn’t, actually, because I think compiling it now will make it much tighter and give me something to work with as I start Book Two.
Anyway, those are really all the updates I have for now. I am incredibly excited for this coming month and am keeping my fingers crossed that by May, I will be announcing formal representation for NAVIGATING THE BREACH. Happy writing!
About the Photograph: Taken in Washington, DC, Alexandria in April, 2013. Converted to watercolor in Waterlogue.