This month. This month! It’s been up and down, and sideways and everywhere. Some of it was day jobbery gone sideways, but that’s resolved. Some of it was just the long slog. I love tinkering with my stories and making them better, but I’ve been running low on steam and needed a bit of a break.
I didn’t read any books this months, but I’ve been beta reading. I think that it takes work to become a better beta reader, just like it takes work to be a better writer. I’ve been experimenting with a new beta reading feedback format based on Jami Gold’s template. So far it’s working out better for me. I appreciate that it has structure and covers most points you’d want addressed in a developmental edits.
And that’s all I’ve got for you today. Do you have anything good to share? I’d love to know, no matter how silly. I could use a little injection of positivity. I think we all could, lately!
Ahh April, you whirlwind you. It started with Creative Ink Fest, and devolved into a tangle of emergency child care, edits, and compressed work weeks. I needed a breather between it all, so Hello TV, my old pal, I haven’t seen you in a while. Here’s what I’ve been watching:
The Expanse: A master class in tension and stakes. Bonus <3 for the diverse cast and imagined future. Some actor’s I’ve only seen in supporting roles finally get some some meaty roles to chew on here and that makes me happy.
The Night Manager: A beautifully made miniseries, based on the John le Carré novel. It’s your prototypical spy story (so nothing new there), but you get Tom Hiddleston heart eyes and Olivia Colman’s performance is outstanding.
And Then There Were None: WOW. GORE. We had to read the Agatha Christie book in high school and nowhere in my imagination did it ever go like this. The miniseries was shot like a psychological horror: tense, ugly, disquieting. But well done. Also… is Charles Dance in every period show ever? That man works hard.
Into the Badlands: It’s a bloody, post-apocalyptic, martial arts extravaganza, and there were 3 crazy fight scenes in the pilot alone. Plot and worldbuilding are sacrificed in the name of style and getting the requisite fight scenes into each episode, but I don’t mind. It’s weirdly mesmerizing, stylish, and low-key silly. (Watch the ladies in sky high heels, and see how their shoes miraculously change into flats during fight scenes). I’m totally crushing on both Sunny and Vale. Also, cute Asian baby. NOTHING BAD better happen to that baby or I’m going to start flipping tables. *No spoilers people! I haven’t caught up on Season 2 yet.
- The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
- Death and Night by Roshani Chokski
Writing Status: Revising
SO first news! I sold a poem. If you’re thinking “Huh? Since when do you write poetry, Theresa?” Yeah… same here. A silly tweet bothered me so much that I had to say something, but I couldn’t quite manage to turn it into an essay. Instead it came out as a scattering of fragmented thoughts. I’m still not convinced it’s poetry, but someone else thought it was, so I’m as pleased as a kitten with a full belly. More info on that when I can share it.
In writing, I hit the 30 k word mark on the first draft of the YA SF novel. This is about the point (just around he middle of the story) that I usually run out of gas while drafting. It felt like a good time to switch back to edits on my YA high fantasy, but before diving in, I decided to take some time to brush up on my writing craft.
It’s actually nice to have alternating projects to work on. I didn’t think I would like it, but as long as they’re in differing states of completion, it seems to work. Edits are a break from the drafting exhaustion and the thrill of a new book helps stop the obsession / stressing out over the other.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazu Ishiguru
- Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman
- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (YA)
- The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein (Non-Fic)
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole (Non-Fic)
Writing Days: 9
Total Word Count: 9307
Current Status: Editing