Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m back from my week-long trip home to see my parents and sister, and wow – so much has happened!
As you may have guessed from my last post, I submitted StO to #PitchWars and am impatiently awaiting the mentee announcement. Luckily, my time in Michigan kept me from wringing my hands too much last week, but this week I have plenty of time to stalk the mentors hang out on the hashtag. Before the submission window opened, I traded my first chapter with several other hopefuls, and after several years of CPs trying to beat my “is/was” issue into my brain, someone finally made it click. I’m not sure why this one comment made me suddenly understand, but now that I finally do it’s time to go back through StO to fix it. I was also told that publishers don’t like debut novels in present tense, so I’ll be changing the tense to past, which I feel more comfortable writing in anyways (Erie’s half of the book was in past tense in the first draft, but I changed it to present tense to match Finn’s).
That should keep me busy for the next few weeks.
The new shiny idea, which I’m going to call Enfields for now, is sort of shaping up into an actual book. I have a beginning, and an ending, and a general idea of some parts in the middle. I have some really cool creatures, like the enfields, and a little bit of nifty magic. I have an MC with a backstory, a love interest, a few side characters, and a bad guy. Most of all: I have a LOT of research to do. Which is awesome, because I love research. What can I say, I’m a scientist.
On the chicken front, a lot has happened. Max the rooster went to a local free-range farm to become a daddy. They lost a bunch of chickens this year, so they need Max to help fertilize eggs and build their numbers back up. Which should have left us with quiet mornings, but Fury decided to start crowing in his place. And, of course, as soon as we didn’t have a rooster to protect the flock, a hawk caught one of the babies :( Fury got Ripley and Mononoke behind the coop and protected them, but Six is no longer with us.
So yeah, lots going on in the world of Becka right now.
I’m still posting sporadically for a while, so I’m not sure when you’ll next hear from me, but I’ll be around Twitter and G+ like usual. Have a good week, Aledans!