Monday, September 24, 2012

query letters

So I've been going back and forth with my query letter.  I'm not procrastinating on my MS or anything...  I've stream-lined the query so that it only focuses on one-major plot, introduces the main character and a little bit of the fantasy world. There's not too many facts thrown in there at once going off in a million directions which is what I was going for.  The only thing is, in order to do that, I got rid of any mention of the love interest.

My MS is a YA contemporary fantasy, so the main plot isn't the love story, but it's a big part of it.  But the love interest doesn't really flow in the query; it would just be introducing a new character who's only purpose in the query would be to be the love interest.  So my question is, do I keep him out or trying to finagle him into the query?  I'm worried it will seem too scattered because I'm adding another sub-plot.  Is it okay to assume that the MS would have a love interest in it?  In the end paragraph, I do reference the romantic relationship being like another book as a reference.  So I don't know if that's out of the blue either...

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Last Bit

So I am 30 pages from finishing this round of revisions.  And I've been stuck there for a week.  Endings are supposed to be easy in the sense that everything you've built up finally culminates in the payoff.  But, um?  *Not* as easy as it sounds.  I had a lot of changes in the middle, which trickle down into the end, so I'm finding myself second-guessing my changes.  They're DEF for the better, but some are such big changes that I get nervous.  It's not like I can't change it back if I decide it doesn't work, but my mind has been blocking me from getting any changes done.

I think endings are hard because they have to wrap up so many loose ends. That's not saying they have to wrap up all of them, but the ending has to be satisfying, with the characters at the very least hopeful at the end.  Sometimes it's even better to have some loose ends.  But with lots of subplots, finding that balance can be a tricky thing.

And to think I'm sooo close to finishing!  I just want to be done and have a finished product.  This story has changed so much from the first (ugly) draft two-ish years ago.  And I know I have more revisions in the future, but that doesn't mean I can't put off these final pages.  And now back to staring at my Word doc...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

goals time

So I think it's time to restate some goals.  I've been chugging along on this MS, but without concrete goals, there's always something else I could be doing.  ooo what's the sparkly thing over there?  It totally needs my attention...  I just want to be DONE.  It's been a long time since I started this, way back in 2009 when I had no idea what I was doing.  (Not that I know what I'm doing now, but at least I have an idea of what I'm supposed to be doing...)  So I'm stating it here.  I will be done with this round of revisions by October 1st.  Then comes perhaps a final revision and the scary querying.  eep!

In other news, my Ultimate (frisbee) team won Sectionals (think Glee), beating the one seed.  This means we're the number two seed going into Regionals, with two bids to Nationals!  So we just have to hold seed, which won't be easy but definitely do-able, to get to Nationals.  So a little happy news for the beginning of the week is always good :)

How was everyone else's weekend?  Any good news?  Or anything you're looking forward to?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Where has all the time gone?

Astronomical clock in Prague
So classes started last week.  I think I'm a little crazy taking four night classes, each with some amount of required fieldwork (meaning class observation, about 10 hrs for each of my 4 classes), plus a part-time job, plus writing, (plus ultimate frisbee which will be done in October).  It leaves me wondering the same thing.

Where has all my time gone?

Well.  (That's a deep subject, as my dad would've said).  It's still there, but it's looking like a need to make a new schedule and adhere to that  schedule more closely.  Getting up earlier than usual (because I'm not a night person) so that I can fit in those few hours of writing.  I still have revisions to do!  I think I actually do better when I have zero time, because it makes me more productive.  I only have that one or so hours a day, so I MUST write during that time in order to get everything done.

But it's going to take some time to get into that routine.  I think I have to be okay with failing at doing everything at first.  It's okay.  But I can't do that forever.  I don't like not writing.  I want to complete this MS.  I also have to get all my reading and assignments done for class.  These are all things I HAVE to do.  So I have to fit it in.

It's about making time.  I no longer will just have free time.  This means other things will suffer.  I probably won't blog as much.  I probably won't read as much outside of class (though I really can't give that up entirely because I'm addicted to reading).  Those extra minutes will be for writing and revising.  I also had this crazy idea of doing NaNo this year, something I've never done before.  Will I be able to do everything?  We'll see.  One of the things about my goals, is that I like to challenge myself; set the goals really high so that I have to strive and not always make them.  So I know failing happens, and while I'm not okay with it, I know that I can come back from it and continue on.