Changes come to me naturally. So much so that I wouldn’t call them changes. They’re more like progressions.
So, I’ve progressed.
For the last few years, the last eight years now that I’m thinking about, I’ve hated having things I had to do. Homework, assignments, projects; anything I wasn’t choosing to do. I didn’t like having to go anywhere either; school, collage, work. When it was in my power I often chose not to go (I went to work, I’m not that bad…ahem…)
I LOVED skipping days.
Staying at home, drinking tea, reading, painting, watching movies or episodes of a show in a row, in later years writing; it was bliss. I’d sip hot chocolate in a cafe and watch everyone who wasn’t ignoring the world walk by. I let the world move forward without me. I sat back and watched it go. I smiled and waved and laughed to myself.
Since leaving collage, and you can imagine collage and I didn’t get on too well, I’ve had the freedom I cravedl. And I have done things; things like writing books and singing in concerts and spending summers by the beach. Not a lot by any means, but it is precisely how I wanted to live.
I didn’t give myself goals with deadlines attached. I didn’t give myself anything I HAD to do. I did what I wanted, and somehow things got done that way.
Now I’m moving on from that.
Luckily I know what I want to do with my life. The main thing at least. If I didn’t know, I’d be a sad leaf on the wind instead of a happy one.
I want to write books, forever. And now it’s time for goals to that end.
But first, let me tell you the books I have so far.
A science fiction series: About Ara, a genetically advanced rebel, and Risk, the son of the man she’s fighting.
(One-liners are not my forte. You’ve got to tip-toe between secrets you don’t want to reveal and make it sound awesome at the same time. I fail.)
First book- 108k words. Finished (as in it has an ending) and edited. People have read it. I have to write new chapters two and three, rewrite two scenes, read it out loud and edit again.
Second book- The main document has 78k words, I think. Two documents have to be added, one is around 20k, the other around 30. All pieces have been read by my sisters, and read out loud and edited by me.
Third book- An assortment of scenes I couldn’t wait to write.
(You may have noticed my lack of titles. It’s a problem…this post by a fellow writer helped- http://www.imranwrites.com/2011/12/12/whats-in-a-title/)
Notebooks-About an immortal witch who decides to experience school.
The Dragon Blades (That’s a working title, is it just me or does it sound a bit shit?) –About…Um, ask again later.
I mean, I know what it’s about. But I don’t know clearly enough to squish into a few words.
So. Now that I’m charging forward, these things need deadlines and the likes, right? Right.
You may have noticed I didn’t do the whole float-through-life thing by half.
I don’t half do things.
So, goals have to be big and deadlines have to be near-impossible to meet.
This all sounds a bit new-year-resolution-ish, doesn’t it? It’s not. I’m not trying to get a head start and promises made to oneself and broken. I don’t pay enough attention to time to line things up like that. And if you wanted to do something, why would you wait until a new year? I mean, the earth’s orbit doesn’t really have a finish line and a new start.
(DUN DUN DUN)
My goal is to have the first book in the series complete, perfect, and ready to send out by the 3rd of January. Why the third? I like the number three.
‘Ready to send out’ includes the dreaded synopsis, the cover letter, and a pitch to round things off.
On the 3rd, and I’m nervous just thinking about it, I’m going to send it to three agents.
I’m taking this three thing too far I think…
But seven is my other favorite number, and there aren’t all that many agents taking sci-fi to begin with!
I was planning on waiting until the whole series was done so I’d be in complete control up until the end. But let’s face it, the process takes years anyway. And with my new-found desire to charge forward, the books will be done within…six months? A year?…I’m a deadline rookie, best not get ahead of myself.
And I’m going to blog about this venture
at least three times a week everyday.
…I think I’ve lost it!