Although just at the moment I feel close to it.
I mean, hi! Here’s a lightning fast update on what’s happening with me right now.
- My day job is kicking my butt. A lot. And I’m not being left with a lot of time or energy for much else.
- That includes Obituarist II: Dead Man’s Data – but I am really close to finishing it, I swear. It’s about 30-40% longer than the first one, so I’ve had to adjust for that, but includes more action, more one-liners and a significant amount of more swearing. At least, it does in this foundation draft. My plan was to finish it tonight and send it off to my editor and alpha-readers tomorrow, but I’m going to miss that deadline due to packing; instead, I’ll finish it over the weekend, or possibly while in flight, and email it out then.
- Packing? In flight? Yes, we’re going away on holiday for a few weeks, where I will hopefully recharge some of the energy I’m been using up over the last month. There’ll be pictures and anecdotes when we’re back – and if I get a chance to hang with any writers, maybe even some interviews.
- Don’t worry, Ernie’s staying with a neighbour. He’ll have fun.
- I was thinking hard about submitting Raven’s Blood to Hatchette’s open call for YA manuscripts, but decided against it. It’s still too rough and I need more time with it, and right now I don’t have any time to spare. There’ll be other opportunities.
- I listened to Night Terrace. You should too. It’s really good!
And with that, it’s off to eat tacos, pack suitcases and maybe get a little bit of writing in before collapsing into an exhausted slumber.
Back soon. I promise. Let’s not go so long without talking in future.
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The Text prize for YA closes in early April, 2015, and offers $10k prize money. If you’re looking at gateways into traditional publishing for YA, it’s the starting point I’d recommend in Australia.
Oooh. Very tempting. I knew about the Text Prize, but for some reason it hadn’t occurred to me. I will research further.