The year of 2012 is looking to be an exciting year for me. As I celebrate my birthday this month, I'm finally doing something that I dreamed about all last year. I'm taking one class a term at the local college. It's not aimed at a degree, just something to keep my mind awake and to gather new information. As I mentioned before, this first class will be a basic computer class so I can find the "on" button.
In my writing journey, I've been laboring over a few of my stories, getting them ready for my new endeavor: e-book publication. I'll be offering a selection of short stories as free reads in preparation for the release of Dragon Kind, in it's revised and completed form. Also, I'm very excited to announce that I'll be working in conjunction with Loretta Stephenson, at Art By Retta, who will be creating some fantastic illustrations for the book! We are both hoping to get this to you later in the year. I'll keep you updated as to our progress.
I've just finished the first draft of a new story, which looks to have some great possibilites in the sci-fi/fantasy arena. Up From Alpha Centauri B will start it's journey through the re-write stage and then editing and then more revisions. You know the process. But I've allowed myself time each day to work on this WIP so the project can move forward.
My final project of the new year is an excercise on how to write a book in twenty chapters. It might sound dull and boring, but the challenge of staying within the structure is a real tickler. I've made it to chapter five without completely tearing out my hair and I have to say that I'm learning a lot about pacing and scene structure. Plus, when I'm done, I'll have another WIP to begin the editing and re-writes on!
I read an interesting thought: "Imagination is your greatest resource. Craft is your hardest lesson."