- I have done absolutely nothing with my picture books since I went through a round of submissions last fall. I know I'm being a big disobedient here - it's time to start submitting again. My health has prevented me from being productive, but, now that I'm feeling better, I have higher hopes.
- I decided not to submit my poetry. I reread through my decade's worth of poems and decided they are nowhere near good enough to submit to any serious poetry publisher. Instead, I'll just content myself to rambling off verse on this site every now and again, just for fun. Bear with me if it's as painful as I think it is! I have to put it out there so it doesn't swirl around inside, blocking the prose. The rhythm of my rhyming helps me get into a writing rhythm on my other projects. It's a place to start, to emote.
- The Witty Series. This is a series about my beloved, now deceased, dog. A bit cliche, but I can't help myself. In true Curious George style, Witty goes through a series of adventures all about discovery - self-discovery and discovery of the world. I have written four in the series, submitted three. I'm waiting to hear on those three. I need to finish at least ten and keep submitting them.
- My young adult novel/series. This is what I'm most excited about! I spend hours dreaming about it. Though I've definitely loved the Witty series and some of my picture books, this project has opened up new areas of passion. I'm currently wrestling through some structure issues while in the outlining stage. I used to just write - stream-of-consciousness style - but I can't seem to do that and actually finish anything. I need the backbone of an outline to keep me focused. So, my goal is to hammer out a firm, settled outline for all three books - complete with meta-narrative, character developments, and chapter outlines - by the end of this month. I also want to have the first draft of the first three chapters of Book I completed by February 26th. February 24th-26th I'll be in Marfa, Texas - alone - working on nothing but these goals. I would greatly appreciate prayer: for clarity, focus, productivity, and grace for my husband and kids while I'm away.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Stops and Starts
Here's an update on my writing life: