What’s on the horizon for me

Currently, I’m going over a sci-fi mystery novella. I haven’t finished the first draft and since not touching it for over six months I have forgotten what I had written, however, I know what needs to happen etc. I’m editing as I go to get back into the story. Once finished, I’m not sure if I’m going to go back and edit that shit out of it or go onto finishing other first drafts (I have a bazillion). I don’t think I’ll be publishing another story this year, but who knows.

August is coming up in Edinburgh and that means having only one day off a week and everything being balls to the walls dealing with all the extra tourists. I doubt I’ll have time to write or edit. Afterwards, I should get back into everything.

I’ve bought myself a planner/calendar that shows the entire month so that I can visualise my time and maybe that’ll help me get back into things. I did a similar thing in uni and that helped me keep ahead of my assignments. I could just be the thing to motivate me into getting back my mojo.

One month to go

There is just over a month left until 2019 and I’m no way closer to publishing another story. I was hoping that I’d have something ready by now. But alas it is all my own fault for not managing myself properly so that I could achieve my goals. Maybe I could achieve something in the next 30 days.

Are publishers going the way of Hollywood?

I seem to be noticing that quite a few new books are being presented as retellings. I don’t know if I’m getting a skewed sense of what’s coming out, but is anyone else noticing all these reboots?

Is it because it’s just easier to piggyback and not bother taking a leap of their own? If that’s the case then why are you so scared? I mean how much seemingly original/innovated content is there being published and how much is being overlooked?

The first story I ever wrote and from then onwards

It was in grade 1, I was 6 years old and it was for the McIntyer Young Writer’s Awards. I wrote a short story about a baby eel getting lost and then getting found again. I do not know if I got any awards for it.

I can’t remember what I wrote from that year to grade 7, but I’m sure I must have. Anyway, for my entry, I got a commendation for my story that had three chapters and was about a girl that went back in time to ancient Egypt (I was going through a phase then).

Then I went to high school and creative writing wasn’t that encouraged or focused on. I was still eligible for the McIntyer Writers’, but it wasn’t focused on during class and I didn’t take the initiative to write independently enough to submit anything.

In one class exercise I wrote a story about race relations and in my own time, I began dabbling in the embarrassing proto-stories that I think I ended up tossing some years later.

But then during grades 11 and 12, I began getting the germs of story ideas that even now years later I still have but never pursued because I had better ones come along. I used those five subject notebooks and each subject was a story.

My first year at university and at QUT, I began my first novel. It was an Australian YA and I wrote out the first draft by hand. Its completion was a major milestone for me. I still have that story, the second and third drafts were typed on my computer and it’s been sitting dormant for years. I only now look back on it and cringe at how badly written it was. The story itself is fine and I had so much fun writing it, that I’m planning on doing a new re-write of it. The first three chapters are already done and so much better in quality.

Then I went to USC, for the next three years I didn’t do that much creative writing. My time was mostly focused on assignments. Though I did write 16,000 words during a break one time and burnt myself out.

Then I went to UniMelb. I don’t know what or how much I wrote during that time, but I think it might have been quiet a lot, as I go through my older stories on my USB and they’re there. But what I remember more is that I was 23 and I had nothing to show for it! So I picked a story that I was most invested in and that was Feet or Fins. I wrote it up and then did maybe 14/15 drafts from Oct ’13 to May ’15. It was a learning curve for me that I know every writer needs to go through to become better at the actual craft of writing.

I then put it up online, no one bought it because I didn’t advertise it. Which turned out to be a good thing because one of my friends read the free sample and informed me that it was unreadable. And oh, my shame it was! So I took it off and re-wrote the entire thing. It was a marked improvement.

Then I moved to the UK. One of my first jobs there turned out to be the worst job I had ever been at. It was the boss, he was a bully at best and maybe a workplace psychopath at worst. I rage quit after only two months. Then I went and got a better job (Yay! Win!), went on my belated honeymoon, came back and channelled my rage into going to the gym, losing 6/7 kilos in three months. Then I was ready to write again just in time for the Christmas season.

This is where my most productive writing term began. From Xmas ’16 to now I’ve written more than I ever have and I’ve developed my writing to the point where it’s significantly better than it was only the year prior. Slowly I’m building up my written works and I’m even managing my time better 🙂

I’ve put out a short story, a novelette and a novella. Currently I have another novelette and two novella’s in the later draft stages. I’ve got a few almost completed drafts and a few more stories that are only half or a third completed. I feel like 2018 will be a very productive year for me.

To the future and beyond . . . .