Time's slipping away from me again. First blog post of the year thanks to my thinking it was still February. Probably hasn't helped that the weather has only just started to improve so it's felt like winter for about a thousand years. In any case, we're crawling back to the light.
I'm in a brief lull with writing - I sent a polished version of another book to my agent yesterday after getting some feedback on it from a couple of writer friends. In all honesty, I think this one may be a tough sell to agents and publishers given that the opening premise of it is a little too close to real life. Problem is that premise leads the way to a big change in the plot. I'll have to see what she says before I think about any major rewrites. Usually at this time, I'd be knocking out a couple of short stories, but my short story head seems to be AWOL at the moment. My focus currently is novels which isn't to say shorts are done, but I think I need a really good idea to get those juices flowing, again. In the meantime, there are another four or five out on submission that I'm waiting to hear about. Given that publishing is a slow beast, that might be tomorrow or it might be in six months. It probably wouldn't hurt me to take a bit of a break while I chew over some ideas for the next book. My day job takes a lot out of me and I don't the the energy I did twenty years ago. Or even ten for that matter.
Speaking of the next book, I'm considering two ideas both of which I really like. The plan is to jot down some points before I go back to the rewrite of my most recent book (the first draft was an absolute bitch to write) and try to balance the art of writing with the business of publishing. Failing that, I'll just write whichever one shouts the loudest.
And in slightly different news, I'm looking at setting up a KoFi page. Very early days mainly because I know next to nothing about how it works, but it might be worth checking out.
Be well, people.