It’s check-in day which means the first month of the new year is done. *waves goodbye to January* It’s been a pretty hectic month for me in more ways than one.
The biggest life-changing news is that after just over a year in Sweden, we’ll be moving back to Helsinki. The official move will only happen in July but it does mean that the first half of this year will be spent packing up boxes I just unpacked! It also means psychologically and emotionally gearing up for another international move. At least this one is a lot less scary since we’re going back to a country and city we know well. It’s just the thought of packing up our lives again that’s making me tired before I’ve even started.
Writing-wise, things are complicated but going well. Obscura Burning got picked up by Harmony Ink Press for republication later this year so I did a blitz revision on that before sending it in for first pass edits. I’ve also been working on a secret side project, gearing up for the release of Scardust on Feb 8, and attempting to work on the new WIP. At least it has a tentative title now – what do you think of The Ghost and the Star?
Writing Issues This Month:
My brain, as per usual, with all the goings-on in daily life, but I actually managed to get a fair bit of writing done. Also, trying to juggle multiple projects.
Things I learned this month:
1. I can plot and plan a novel like a boss!
2. I can write a synopsis for a book I haven’t written a single word of yet thanks to said plan.
3. I can then write and love what I’m writing without feeling ‘stifled’ by said plan the way I thought I would be.
4. Having a detailed plan halves the time it takes to draft. Why have I never done this thing before?
What distracted me this month while writing:
Getting back into the day-job; all the promo stuffs I needed to get sorted for Scardust; life.
Goal for next month:
Just keep swimming.
I want to add maybe 5k words to the fantasy WIP and see what happens with all the other things on my plate. I’m now waiting on edits from various places so I’ll have to deal with those as I get them.
Last 200 words: I’m not sure how much sense this makes out of context, but it’s kinda fun:
Rezir grabs my hand and presses something sharp against my skin. I snatch back my hand but the damage is done, and a line of blood wells from a crease in my palm.
“Why?” I feel betrayed by my own body, so easily injured.
“This.” He holds up the blade he cut me with. Except it’s not a blade. It’s a tooth. “Imagine a mouth full of these.” The tooth is as large as his palm. “You make a sound, you die.” He dips his finger into the gash on my hand and paints a thick stripe of red down the center of his face. “Gris-gris for good luck,” he says.
“Leave me with the camels.” I clench my fist, welcoming the pain. Maybe it’ll teach me to be tough like Tinari. If I can muster half her strength perhaps I’ll survive the night.
“Nope.” He tosses me a strip of questionably clean fabric for my hand. “You come with us.”
“But I’ll be useless.” I try and fail to bind my wound given how badly my fingers are trembling. “I can’t possibly kill a dragon.”
“Not useless, princess.” He crouches in front of me and takes my hand, knotting the fabric in a moment of unexpected tenderness. “Not useless at all.” Rezir pats my fingers. “You will be the bait.”
That’s it for January, how did you do?