Good Afternoon, World 🙂
How are you? It’s the beginning of Autumn, don’t cha know? Sounds like a good time to evaluate our goals and see where we’re headed!
My most important goal before September ends is to FINISH THIS BLOODY OUTLINE. I began this outline on July 18th, 2018, with the intent of finishing it within one month. That was 67 days ago, and I still have to finish the last few chapters, let my developmental editors give it a good shake down, and apply their revisions. Then I get to do something really special. You ready?
I get to write the damn book!
I’m so excited about this story. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into developing my characters, structuring my plot, and getting its structural framework secured, and while it has taken longer than I would have liked – more than twice as long and counting – I still feel like this allotment of time is justified. After all, if I were to blaze through my first draft in a month without an outline (or maybe a year or two, given my pantsing track record) then I would be left with a well-intentioned, evocative scrapheap of ideas that never quite came together.
I don’t want to put out another mediocre vampire book. There are a fuckton of those already, and I’m bound to add to that pile at some point, but I’d really like to see what I could do I put forth more effort on this book than I have on any previous work. I want to give readers an experience that makes them feel like they didn’t just waste a few hours of their lives, and left them with a few ideas to mull over after they’ve turned the last page. I want to write a powerful love story, but also a philosophical one, a thoughtful one, a book that asks readers to consider what ideas they hold to be infallible, and why. I enjoy moral questions.
My goal, which I will work my damndest to keep, is to have my first draft finished by November 21st, 2018. Which, you may have observed, is just in time for Nanowrimo! Huzzah!
As for “Warmth”? I would like to have this available for free download by December 17th, 2018 through KDP Select.
And I may or may not have an idea for a short story to release this quarter. One project at a time.
In the words of Elon Musk (who just said this in the background as I write) “It’s always tricky to predict the future.”
Have a great day, everybody! Let’s rock this Autumn 🙂