February 24, 2012

Housekeeping

Bear with me. Some family and friends follow this blog as a way to keep up on how things are going for me, so I thought I'd post some updates.

What am I doing these days?

Life is pretty routine for us. I work Monday-Thursday. Sometimes Zoe stays home with me Fridays (today is one of those days); other Fridays I have to myself to get done massive amounts of housework, writing or editing.  

Saturdays Zoe has gymnastics, her favorite time of the week. She starts soccer in a few weeks. Also in a couple weeks Zoe and I are going to visit my brother in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We're both really excited for the trip.

I am still squeezing in writing time where I can, usually at night after Zoe has gone to bed. Today I'm writing while Charles is getting ready for work and Zoe is eating breakfast and watching her morning Disney shows (3 max on weekends). 

Incidentally, my favorite Disney Junior cartoon is Little Einsteins, mainly because the soundtrack is often classical music my mother played on her keyboard when I was a kid. Warm, cozy nostalgia on the flat-screen.

I also squeeze in workouts, which make me a happier person. I need more waking hours in each day, but I don't know how to make that happen. If you have any ideas, I'm all ears.

What am I reading?

One of my favorite recent books was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Coolest. Author. Name. Ever.). It's a YA adventure/fantasy, merging often-creepy old pictures with story until I was afraid to turn the pages, nervous that another strange child would be there, staring at me with eyes that were somehow accusing (I have guilt issues). I enjoyed every page of that one.

Now I've moved back to non-fiction and am more than halfway through Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (another cool name, but not quite as cool as Ransom Riggs). It's...really crazy. She writes about a slum in Mumbai, the lives of its residents, and the corruption entrenched within that city.  It's devastating. It's confusing. It's beautifully written and I struggle to remember it's non-fiction. I often want the stories to not be true. A "character" died in the chapter I read last night, and as I was dozing I remembered...he's no character.  He was a real person.  

And then I almost cried.

What am I writing?

Ack! What am I writing?

I have this sudden problem where I have three distinct stories/voices in my head, and I am struggling with focus.

Idea 1: Book 2 in my zombie series...the only problem here is I'm learning that the zombie market is particularly glutted right now, so I'm not sure if that's the best place to spend my time. But I've had two requests now for a sequel from Beta readers, and I've got over 30,000 words written, so maybe I should just buckle down and finish?

Idea 2: Possibly YA, possibly still adult...but it's a story which combines elements of Frankenstein and a murder mystery. I LOVE this story, have much of it envisioned, and would like to work on this. 

Idea 3: Ack! This is where I get confused. I had an idea for a creepy short story last week, which I've now written and put away for a little while. But then the idea grew into an idea for a Middle Grade (i.e. young readers) novel with a super-cool girl as my narrator, an adventure to rescue a parent, and some major fantasy elements. Since when did I EVER plan to write for children?  

So I'm a bit muddled. I'll probably start work on all three ideas and see where I have the most fun...for now....but I do need to buckle down.

How's the trying-to-get-published thing going?

Meh.  :)  More of the same, I guess, although I've gotten some great feedback lately. One agent liked what I was doing, but had a very similar book/client on her list already. She actually told me to send her future work, though, which is REALLY exciting. That makes me want to focus on idea 2 above, to have something else to send her.

I keep plugging away, knowing there are tons of options available these days for e-publishing and the like, which is also really exciting. 

So there you have it. My housekeeping updates. I hope you enjoyed, and that you have a lovely day!

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