It’s coming along, in a completely different way than I originally planned.
I started a story this summer, playing around with some urban fantasy stuff. The plan was to have that at about 50k words and ready to sit and stew a little by November. Then I had one of two partially started pieces that I could work on during NaNo (writing 50k new words, obviously).
I never finished that first story and ended up starting a completely different one for NaNo because it was fresh and interesting and why not?
So I’m running a little behind, trying to juggle everything, and I’ve been really bad about updating my word count on the site even when I am writing. But none of that is really the point of this post.
I was made aware of the existence of French Press Bookworks by one of their future authors, Ana is the Bookworm. Ana shared This post over on the French Press blog. In short, submit the first chapter of your NaNo manuscript, and you could win a publishing deal (explained in detail at the post). So I did it! And you can too! Whether or not I win this was a great (if seemingly small) proactive step in making “writer” my second job, and it’s really great motivation- I don’t want to be super behind if I get picked! I’ve never shopped editors/publishers before because I never felt ready, but there really is no time like the present. We’ll see what happens and in the meantime I’ll keep chugging along because and hopefully cover the distance because I have some busy weekends this month.