My trip to Japan filled my creative well. I read less than I’d aspired to, but I managed to soak in many new and unfamiliar experiences, especially in Sapporo . That’s what I require in order to create.
I’m happy to announce that I’m giving print books away via Whiskey With my Book. If you somehow read this blog and don’t read that, then I recommend rectifying the situation.
I’m also trying NaNoWriMo this year. I last participated three years ago, and got a chunk of my first manuscript done then. Since I want to work on something new, this is a good opportunity to grind out a good bout of words, get some momentum going. I’d love to get to 20k this month, but I guess I could shoot for the full word count.
In preparation, I’m making a skeleton outline and preliminary beat sheet. I have the beginning and the end of the story worked out: but how do they get from point A to point B? I hope I find out soon!
Part of the fun for vacation prep, for me, is figuring out what video games and books to take along. Here’s my current lineup:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Well, what are you going to play in Japan besides Japanese RPGs? Okay, granted, that’s most of what I play anyway. I’ve started XC2 and have heard good things about it. I mean, it has the Nopon, who are super-cute.
On the other hand, it has Pyra, who cannot possibly be anatomically correct.
Well, at least there are shirtless men too?
Octopath Traveler is, I’m told, super crunchy. I don’t know if I’ll get around to playing it, but it’ll be good to have on hand if I’m feeling retro.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
Bravely Second: End Layer
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
That’s a lot of colons, a lot of RPGs, and a lot of remakes. I still have a backlog of portable games, as you can see. 3DS and Vita seem to be continuing to wind down, and that’s okay with me because games are coming to Switch. Faster than I can play them, it seems. In any case, I’d love to finish Radiant Historia.
Necrotech by KC Alexander
Medusa’s Touch by Emily Byrne
Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole
Masked Possession by Alana Delacroix
Pure Sacrifice by Jami Gold
Inouye by JC Hay
Dangerous Promise by Megan Hart
You Only Love Twice by Bec McMaster
An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair
Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen
Psion by Joan Vinge
This is mostly science fiction romance with some paranormal romance and some science fiction. I will probably pick up a few historicals as well. Because between planes and trains, who doesn’t want to read? I doubt I’ll read all of them but I’d like to make a dent in my TBR.
I was happy to enter Pitch Wars. I haven’t heard anything, but I didn’t expect to: this contest gets a lot of entries. Book matchmaking may be as difficult as finding a good romantic relationship!
I’m off to Japan again in two weeks. My goal is to have manuscript draft v3 done by then, so I can give it at least a temporary rest and potentially start on another story. Figure out whether I even want to continue writing just now, or want to do an independent programming project, or have some other big idea. I don’t have any LARPs that I want to run, though, and for tabletops, I’m not sure where to take my own. All that headspace is still consumed by the world I’ve built for writing.
Work, meanwhile, is more of the same. I think I need to figure out what I’m doing there and how to proceed. Ideally, the trip to Japan will give me some external perspective.
I took a writing class at GrubStreet a few weeks ago. It was on some worldbuilding techniques. I hadn’t taken classes there before, so I was happy to find this class useful, informative, and fun. I loved seeing what ten different people did with the same prompts!
Inspired by that, I decided to try to get things ready for PitchWars this year. That means polishing my first chapter further, writing a query letter, and writing a synopsis…in less than three weeks. I think I can do it? At the very least it will be good practice. The community seems to involve a lot of Twitter. I’m not much for twitter. I would prefer to talk to humans. I’d love to find a writing group. I could find one there, but…again, I like talking to people in person. Especially about craft.
Also, I just realized I need a way to avoid killing the puppy in my next book. I write for myself, but if I ever want anyone else to read it, I can’t kill off the puppy. People have trouble with that even in horror. Maybe I’ll write a draft just for my own amusement in which I am awful.
I am back to revising after the contracting that got out of control. I had to set a new goal- to finish this draft by early October. Namely, before I go to Japan for vacation. Due to all that kerfuffle, I’m not sure I want to go to ReaderCon. I’m almost finished with Act II. It’s the longest, and I’ve gotten faster at revision and editing. So I’m currently optimistic about meeting my self-imposed deadlines.
I want to work on a short story based in the world of a LARP that some friends run. It’s a different cyberpunk. I’m super lucky to be able to collaborate in different visions of the future with others. Writing can be a pretty solitary experience, and I’m an extravert- I need to spend time with other people.
And, to share in my luck, I’m going to give away a bunch of SFR paperback books! I’m going to lay down a bunch of GDPR-speak in them. Basically, I get your name and address and then don’t use it except to send you books. I’m looking forward to it!