It's definitely been a while since my last check in, but I have made some writing progress, and have redefined some goals. My girlfriend is up for another visit - via Via Rail of course - but as it's a rainy day here in Ottawa I'll do some catching up while she does some reading and takes a nap' It's a good relationship when you can be together, but doing separate things.
I've decided to refocus my editing/publishing. My first book was published by a local micro-press that specializes in first time authors. I was searching for an agent for book #2, Return to Kirk's Landing, and have had about 20 queries out there for several months. With a few 'not a fit for me' responses, and silence from the rest. I asked a respected agent and blogger, Janet Reid, if perhaps the problem was that is was a sequel. She confirmed, on her blog, that she thought so, and recommended that I focus on my other books. As did many of the thoughtful commenters. So that's my new plan.
Here's my status:
- Editing - I will do another quick pass of Return to Kirk's Landing, before passing it on to my publisher. Then, a print out of Agnes of Grimm, my fantasy novel, so that my friend (a former editor) can check it out.
- We had another successful Prose in the Park writer's festival yesterday. I only sold one book, but I also heard some interesting speakers, reconnected with friends, and networked with some writers and some publishers.
- Kirk's Landing - I will need more copies, but will likley publish via Ingram/Sparks
- Return to Kirk's Landing - I'll start the ball rolling on publishing book #2 with Deux Voiliers Publishing.
- Agnes of Grimm - once editing is done, I'll start on the agent route again. I'll still use QueryTracker.
- NaNoWriMo - It's not until November but I need to start thinking about it.
- Black Ship Books will be publishing four of my Flash Fiction stories in an anthology later this year. Yay!
- Related to that, I have over 100 stories that could be sent out into the FF market. I just need to get at it. I think I'll use my Duotrope account to track that.
- I got hooked on Robin Hobb's for part series, Rain Wild Chronicles. I've read Dragonkeeper, and Dragon Haven, and book #3 of 4, City of Dragons, is sitting on the table, waiting.
- My book club reviewed - and enjoyed - Deadroads, by Robin Riopelle. Review to follow. Our next book is Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer.
- We've had lots of sunny shorts days but enough showers here and there that my mystery garden does well too. The wildflower seeds I scattered are sprouting among the weeds, and I planted some daffodils as well as some raspberry canes. The top 4 inches out there is 80% gravel, but I did find dirt under that, and added potting soil. Luckily I bought a sturdy trowel.
- Gaming - Wargame Red Dragon had another big sale, so there are lots of noobies online now. Even newer than me. My son and I are focusing on one 'deck' of units, and only a few maps, so that we can develop our tactical skills. And remember which key does what. We did a training session online too, with some pros - I did pretty bad, In addition, my Euro Truck Simulator program rolled out a major update, so I had to track down updated versions of the various mods I had added before. It's not as exciting a game for me as it used to be.
- Socially I've visited both kids - and grandkids - for hugs and stories. As well as my friends at my two local pubs, although my budget for that has been cut back. I've also switched to cans of 0.5% grocery store beer, for those evenings when I sit here writing and/or gaming and just want a cool fizzy drink. Not much flavour to it, but it's half the calories and a third of the price.