Those of you that follow me on Twitter already know that I successfully submitted Ge-Mi: Part Two to LT3. For everyone else, Ge-Mi: Part Two was officially submitted to LT3! I got confirmation that they received it, so now it's just a waiting game. LT3's website says it's a 6 to 8 week waiting period while they evaluate the manuscript. If they accept it, I should be signing the contract sometime in June and the book should be released anywhere from 9 to 12 months after that.
So what's next? Editing, of course. I'm still working on the edits for the reprint of My Truest Love. After that I'm expecting the edits for the reprint of Wings of the Stars. The Coup and the Prince might have a copy edit or galley coming my way in the next few weeks, and then the second round of edits for Ground of Resurrection will arrive. Editing continues to take the bulk of my writing time, but once that list is done, I'm expecting to have a few months without any edits.
Which means, I finally get to write again! Di-Na: Part One is, of course, high on my to-do list, but that list is incredibly long right now. I think I need to focus on the stories that have languished the longest. I really, really want to finish off my Oracle series and The Oracle's Current, so that's on the top of my list, and I also want to finish my fairy tale project. There's also Codified and Dragon Spy, which are both patiently waiting for a bit of my attention. There's so much still to do and I'm looking forward to finally having the time to actually do it!
In my last post I stated I had a great new scene planned out for Dragon Spy and I wanted to restart working on Ground of Resurrection. I literally had both manuscripts open on my computer and after I posted my blog, that scene in Dragon Spy began to take shape. I wrote a few hundred words of good stuff (Lumie is making a mess, which is a ton of fun to write) and I was excited about where it was taking me, and then oddly, I paused. I went into the depths of my computer and for some reason I dug out The Sentinel's Prophesy.
Longtime readers of my blog will remember a few years back (to 2014) I had a good idea for a side story in my Oracle series that I felt would give it the extra bit of world building the series was missing. That side story is The Sentinel's Prophesy, but despite my really wanting to write it, the story never really came together. It has been sitting on my computer, untouched, for over a year now. In the past week I have added over 10k words to the story and it is now complete! After over four years of working on this story (a story that shouldn't have taken me more than a few months to write), I have finally finished it. Of course, I do still need to reread it and give it a first edit. The section I wrote a while ago and the section I just finished are a bit separated, so I need to smooth that out too. Otherwise, I'm going to leave the story to sit for about a month before I pull it out for final editing and to get it ready to submit. Hopefully, LT3 will accept it.
What does this mean for the rest of the series? Well, the contract for the first book, The Oracle's Flame, was just renewed. I feel like that's a good sign that LT3 will be interested in also renewing The Oracle's Hatchling, book two, when it comes up for renewal in September. I am really hoping it will not take me another four years to write the final book in the series, The Oracle's Current, but I am very stuck on that story and am wondering if it might be better to completely scrap what I have and start over. Either way, Current will need a while yet before it starts chugging along again. Until then, I'm going to remain happy over finally getting Prophesy complete!
July was supposed to be my comeback month, but I am still plagued with writer's block. I am having a lot of trouble finding the motivation to keep working on any of my works-in-progress. It's honestly a bit maddening. I want to write, I do, but it's just not happening. July ended up not being a good month for my goals.
July is a wonderful month. Everything is warm, but it isn't scorching outside yet. My birthday is coming soon. And, of course, I usually have a great time with writing. This has always been my "last month of freedom" before that hellish six week job I've been doing every summer, except this summer I don't have to go back! I have my full time job, which, admittedly, I'm still settling in to, and it is so much better. With all that to look forward to, I'm really hoping writing will start picking up again.
I got a lot accomplished this month, except I wasn't able to tick off every item on my goals list like I was supposed to. Instead I let my muses take me where they would. Luckily for me, that was my number three goal, so it wasn't like I was completely deviating from my to-do list. I just wish I was able to do more. Here's how I did:
September is going to be an interesting writing month for me. During the first week I'll be finishing up at the job, so writing time will still be limited. The second week will mostly be about recovering from the previous six weeks. At the same time my school year position is restarting so I'll be doing a lot of setup for that. The final two weeks of the month are filled with High Holiday preparation and celebration, which inevitably takes away a lot of writing time. I don't like the fact that my goals list is therefore going to be as sparse as August's was, but I don't think I have any other choice. Here's what I think I can accomplish in September:
Only one more week to go at my summer job. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The good news is that I did get the Microsoft Word app to work on my phone so I was actually able to get some writing done. I would have liked to do more, but I can't be disappointed with the progress I was able to make given the difficult circumstances.
A Little Fairy Dust
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Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.