Well, I’m still here.
I’m just keeping on keeping on. Written another book. Am having another go at finding an agent for “Luka and Iso”, the tale of the sentient genetically engineered dragon. I really hope I can get that one represented; the time is right for the story, and it needs to be told. All the fuforah about GMOs lately is wild. There’s some great opportunity for marketing, and great potential for cross talk when stories about GMOs and advancements in genetics come up.
Glow in the dark monkeys, anyone?
Meanwhile, my new project is going over well with an army of anonymous beta readers. It’s nice working with people I don’t know, and that don’t know me; they’re giving me good, honest feedback. …And a lot of it is positive. They already want the sequel!
But I’m sticking to my guns about not writing more than one book in a series until the first one gets published.
So I’m starting yet another one. While I polish the new book, I’m outlining the next, which will be my fifth novel. A fun sci-fi, inspired by a short story I wrote last year called “The First Gentlemen’s Galactic Scavenger Hunt”.
Short stories continue to be sent out, rejected, accepted. The latest is in the upcoming “Zombies Gone Wild II”, for which the cover was just sent to me. I think it’s hilarious.
So that’s me lately. It’s been interesting trying to temper my least favourite part of the process (trying to find an agent) with my most favourite (writing); the new projects pull me along even as I drag my heels cold-emailing amazing agents who I would absolutely be ecstatic to work with.
Oh, and I’ve levelled up my procrastination skills. Whenever I finish a major project, there’s a decompression that happens afterwards. So far it’s been things like fill a sketch book or write a zillion short stories, and my latest: watch all of The Office. Seriously, I’m almost done. This has been the least productive of my come-downs, but man is it good.
Thank goodness for the Self Control app, which I use to block out every distraction, but leave the rest of the useful internet free for research.
So, onwards I go. Book after book, I’m going to just keep ’em coming, until I find an agent that’s into one of them. And then we’ll really see what I can do.