My cat is wandering around the study, grizzling under her breath as she looks for a place to settle. It mirrors exactly how I feel when I look at the draft I’m working on.
So, one of my goals is to write a serial novel. I used to write them when I was a teenager on the internet — cos that’s just what you do when you’re not up late chatting with friends in other timezones. My big burnout-induced hiatus from writing was a long time ago, but sometimes, I still feel like I’m fighting to get back to where I was before it happened. I imagine publishing and finishing a serial novel would get me my confidence back.
It’s all planned out — plot, character journeys, incompatible personality quirks that make for frustrating relationship conflicts. The trouble is I hate it. I’m dragging my feet (fingers) on every line. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m trying to write characters dealing with problems I can’t relate to. Maybe it’s the story setting. Maybe the contemporary world doesn’t allow for enough outlandish bullshit. Maybe there’s not enough black-and-white good-versus-evil. I don’t know. I’m grizzling.
After my little getaway, I have two more getaways to look forward to this month. One is a beach holiday to enjoy the impending Western Australian sunshine. The other is a fitness weekend where I hope to work hard, then break my no-drinking run. I hope it’s hot, hot, hot for both trips 🌞 and I come home with some fully sick and sexy summer stories for you all.
I’ve decided not to do NaNoWriMo this year. Sure, it’s 2 for 2 on finishing the challenge, but I’m 0 for 0 on walking away with a workable draft. I do want to write something in November, though. Maybe it’ll be this serial, maybe a story for Christmas, maybe something else entirely.
For now, though, I’m throwing together a small pile of clothes for my cat to sleep on, then topping up my coffee cup.
- Birdwatchers is out! Thank you to my lovely newsletter subscribers for reading the ARC and getting in touch with such encouraging feedback 💕
- I’ve submitted a steamy little story to the microfiction call by Circlet Press. I don’t know if or when I’ll hear back, but I hope I get to share it with you somehow before Halloween! 🎃
- The Induction of Satine comes out in a month, but the free advance copy is still available for subscribers until the end of next month because who the hell schedules stuff properly anyway? 💌
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