Happy May Day! Solidarity Forever! Bread and Roses!
The CEO/Editor at Inkshares has had my draft in hand for a couple weeks and I’m anxiously awaiting feedback.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to focus on some other projects. I submitted a story to the new Writing Bloc Anthology (and you can too! The deadline is midnight tonight!) The theme for this one is "Deception" and I wrote a piece that I think is pretty funny.
I submitted a poem to this year’s Travelin’ Appalachian’s Revue Zine. This one is also still open! You can find more info here and submit until June 1.
I’ve also been throwing some ideas around for my next novel. I’m hesitant to really jump in because I know there will still be changes for Rock of Ages, but I also know that once it gets the green light, things will move quickly. Now that I know the publishing process takes so long I’d like to have something to start pitching to agents soon after! I’m excited to tell you about the next project once I get going with it.
Thank you, always, for your support!
This month’s update is a few days late because I wanted to wait until I could say I FINISHED THE REWRITE!
That’s the second complete rewrite, for those keeping track. This one changed the whole book from first person to third, focused on the quality of prose, and added lots of historical detail.
I’ve treated the last six months or so as a giant research project for the historical parts, reading, watching films, and interviewing people. The novel now stands at 115,416 words! The last draft was 90-something thousand, and the original manuscript I sent to Inkshares was 54k!
I’m letting the draft stand for a week before I go back and read the whole thing out loud to polish it and send it in. Please send me "take a break" vibes and also "don’t lose your mind while you’re waiting for feedback on this thing you’ve worked your ass off on for half a year" vibes.
Thank you, as always, for your support!
I’m on chapter 30 of 42, and I am SO EXCITED about Jane’s story.
While much of Rock of Ages is a contemporary story, there are two other points of view. Cassidy’s mother, Paloma, meets her father in Prague just after the fall of communism. When she has trouble getting pregnant, the two move back to his hometown in West Virginia.
Cassidy’s grandmother, Jane, signs on as a Government Girl and moves from WV to Washington DC, where she classifies fingerprints for the FBI during WWII. This is the part I’m rewriting now and it is so, so fun. I’ve been nerding out big time with the research, watching old films, reading old books, looking at old comics, listening to old music. I’m kind of obsessed right now with the time period and with the craft of historical fiction writing. It’s all making me feel really close to my grandma, which is bittersweet.
I’ll post the first chapter of Jane’s story on the Inkshares story page after sending this so you can take a look! Let me know what you think. I hope you’re as excited as I am!
I hope by this time next month I’ll be VERY close to finishing this draft.
Thank you, as always, for your support and encouragement!