2012!

I’ve been quite busy, so I haven’t been updating this blog. My novel is hovering at the 50% mark or 25,000 words. Yay! So while I haven’t been blogging, I have been writing, a lot.

Life has been pretty crazy in the past 9 months. The company I work for is being divested and many of us feel like we are stuck in a slow death. The hubby and I are applying for other opportunities and may relocate. Several friends have had or will be having their first babies soon.

It has been a little hard to focus on my writing, as last week we received the first concrete date given of anything in the divestment process, and so I having been thinking about my career lately. I am trying to find telecommuting options for myself, so we can be wherever my husband needs for his next job, and so I’ll be less likely to end up in this situation again. I am working on putting together a Writer’s Resume for myself.

I am also trying to figure out what to say about my novel when people ask the inevitable, “What is it about?”, question. It’s about a boy who is different–Doesn’t that sound like almost every other story?–and he has a huge task to fulfill (hello Harry Potter, Jesus, etc). I know what I need to divulge to sell it, but I’m not ready to tell anyone until the book is “complete”. Then I can approach an agent and get into meetings with publishers, if I go the traditional route, or I can self-publish and risk no one bothering to read it at all. I’m hoping to have people proofread sections that are in their area of expertise, before I get looking for an agent, but I don’t want too many people to read the full novel until it’s in stores. Maybe that’s odd, but it’s precious to me.

At a birthday last night someone told me that they thought it was a pretty big deal to decide to write a novel and were impressed. I found it interesting because the person is around 30 and recently decided to apply to law school, which I think is impressive.

I’m currently in another research phase, but I’ll be done it soon. I’ll be back writing my novel shortly, and hoping I can finish it before I’m out of a job. I’m not too worried about having a job, as I have other skills besides my writing. Writing is what I want to do to make a living and break free from the hamster wheel called office work. I feel like when I can spend my days writing, I will finally feel like I’m doing something important with my life. Maybe I’ll just go up a level on Maslow’s hierarchy, but it has to be better than this.

Ciao
R~

Another challenge that I have is…

… writing stuff I think needs to exist in my book, but isn’t my strong point or what I’m interested in. Specifically, my characters have quite a literal journey ahead of them and although I have plenty of what I think are neat ideas, there are bits like their birthdays that I feel I should write about because I think my eventual readers will want it in the book. Maybe I’m way off the mark there and should just write what makes me happy and worry about that stuff when I get close to publishing or I may never get close to publishing…

That’s another thing. Do I self-publish? There are a lot of benefits to that and the old view of security in having a publisher marketing and distributing is becoming outdated. I’ve read several articles suggesting that many publishers today are not working too hard for the author. Perhaps I just need an editor, a website, and a marketing agent. I say just, but really that could be nearly as expensive or more expensive and may still not get my books very far.

Lots to ponder this evening and no time to ponder it as it is now bedtime.

Ciao
R~