Hello and welcome to the blog! Going forward my monthly wrap-up posts will be called Newsletters. It’s a new year. Why not try something new?
This month has been productive. One of my writing goals for the year has been completed. The second draft of my Sci-Fi WIP is done. All that is needed now are minor edits and to make sure all names match. Halfway through the draft, I decided to change a bunch of character names.
At this time, I don’t know how long the second draft is. I will know the final word count after the minor edits are complete.
This is what else I have been up to…
In a previous post, I mentioned submitting a short story to a contest run by Indie Bites Magazine. Unfortunately, my piece was not accepted. I’d be lying if I wasn’t slightly disappointed. That said, I’m still glad they sent a rejection email. From reading about other authors’ experiences, I know most don’t send rejection emails. Especially in the query process for novels.
So this was a good learning experience.
Sci-Fi WIP– As already mentioned, the second draft is complete. What now? When I read over the manuscript one more time, I plan on sending it to friends for Beta Reading. Some of them I know will give me blunt, tough criticism if it’s not good.
I’m about one-third through rereading and I know I’ll need a third draft. I hope that half of the book doesn’t need to be rewritten like last time. I don’t plan on starting the next draft till after my betas are done reading.
Till then, I will start writing book two of the series. By then hopefully, I will have a title picked out for the first.
Other Projects– In between working on the main WIP, I continued digitizing more old notes for other WIPs. The hardest part is figuring out my shorthand from 10 years ago. lol.
As of the end of this month, none of my work is available on Simily. The site no longer gets a sustainable amount of traffic to make it worth my time. Enemies but Lovers can still be read on Medium and AO3. For the links visit the Summaries page.
See you next time.