I am sorry to report that I have not been writing much of anything since finishing that big push with my writing partner in February. (But we did finish! The project is currently in waiting mode while others make decisions about it. If there is news on that front, I will certainly let you know.)
I caught some horrible winter nastiness in late February and didn’t really recover for about eight weeks, after which…I fell ill again with something else entirely. So it’s been a Netflix heavy spring for me, rather than a writing heavy one. But I have high hopes for the month of May in which I mean to get a lot done on that science fiction project I told you about long, long ago (in a galaxy far, far away? Feels like it!)
I have some old friends who are absolutely certain that my terrible immune system is passed down to me cosmically from a former incarnation in which I was a consumptive suffragette who wrote scathing political op-eds to Boston newspapers from my sick bed, dictated to my devoted romantic friend-slash-secretary.
The older I get, the more plausible this explanation seems.
But I have done a couple of small creative projects. It is my intention to start producing e-book covers for other writers of small budget but high standards. The reason I want to do this is because I made the cover for “Jump” and had so much fun doing it, I wanted to do more. So I solicited a couple of friends in need of covers and have been practicing on them. You can see the results here and here.
I intend to keep practicing on
gullible desperate indulgent friends in need of covers until I have a nice little portfolio of different genres of covers and then I will start charging modestly for the service. If you think I would consider you a pal, and you could use a cover, let me know. I’d like to try some different genres to get a broader range of experience.
Meanwhile, anybody read anything good lately? I’ve mostly been plowing through some nonfiction that would probably only be of interest to me, but what’s new and good in the fiction world these days?
I wrote a short prequel to Jack and as of today it is free for download at the Musa Publishing website. Here’s a teaser excerpt from the story:
Annabella’s head swam. She felt as trapped as a fly in amber. “I thought you wanted to marry Mrs. Banks,” was all she could say.
“I admit it. I did intend to marry that woman, but when I saw you…I knew that you and I had something special in common.”
Annabella was shaking her head.
“Now this rumor has reared up, I fear marrying anyone in New York is out of the question. I do not intend to ever be Edward Landrieu again.” He stood and lit another cigarette.
“I apologize for shocking you,” he walked again to the fireplace. “And I apologize for rushing you. But I am afraid I will need your answer within a day. I have two tickets for Friday’s steamer to Liverpool and I will be on it with or without you. The child of course, will remain here.”
Annabella drew a long breath. “In that case, Mr. Landrieu, I am afraid that—”
“That is not all.” He cut her off. “If you decline my offer, I have written a detailed letter to Mrs. Sterling about my suspicions concerning your past. Mrs. Banks may be an outsider who fails to see the impropriety of keeping you on, but Mrs. Sterling will counsel her wisely in this area, I am certain. You will not get a character reference from anyone in New York for a new position, I assure you.”
Annabella stared at him.
“Please forgive me, dear girl.” Mr. Landrieu looked almost truly concerned, but he went on smoking. “I do hate to be so ugly about it. But you must realize that you cannot go on deluding these people forever. Your child—she is growing and soon enough you will need to find a decent place for her. Why not give her over to someone who can provide her with an education and employment?”
Annabella’s face grew stormy. “You cannot be suggesting that I give my own child to strangers?”
“I know a home right here in the city where good Catholic sisters raise girls like yours to live productive, happy lives.”
“Catholic sisters? An orphan’s home?”
“Annabella, there is no place for that child in our scheme.”
Our? She had agreed to nothing.
Mr. Landrieu raised an eyebrow. “You can stay here and perish on the sword of your motherly duty—taking her down with you no doubt—or you can leave her in the best of hands and come with me.
Download it for any reading device here.
I had big plans to finish the first draft of my work-in-progress this summer. I was going to edit it by January and start querying agents in February.
I didn’t know how much work it would be to get a book ready for publication. But it was enough work that my few hours per week of time to do anything other than be a mom were eaten up with it.
So I have done very little original writing since June. And I am really looking forward to getting back to it. I still have that science fiction book set in the future to finish and I have a whole new YA time-travel novel to plot out. Then there’s a possible sequel to Jack to consider (I haven’t decided whether to write one or not) and a prequel to Eden that has been in the back of my head for ages. (It is Eleanor’s story, for those who follow Eden.)
I don’t know how I will ever have the time to write all of those, but I want to do them all. I have a couple of novellas up my sleeve too.
Someone asked me recently how I find the time to write. The answer is, I really don’t have time to write. I have an hour or two between the kids’ bedtime and my brain turning to mush. But I don’t even have that reliably every day. I try to write (or this summer, to revise and proof) in that time. It’s slow going. But I am a fast writer (by comparison to most writers I know, at least) so that helps, I guess.
How about you? When do you make (since no one just “has”) time to write?