It has been awhile since I’ve last updated. Our trip to South Korea was a success (I’d say one of the best trips I’ve ever taken in terms of general pleasantness and ease of travel), and gave me some great background material. Over the past few months, I’ve written the first draft of my North-Korean inspired novel, tentatively titled The Shadow Wall. It comes in at around 87,000 words; but after writing up a synopsis for the Codex Novel Contest, I realized that it doesn’t end quite right, so I’ll be deleting and rewriting the back half in the upcoming months.
The agent search has stalled a bit. I got a lot of rejections on my first novel so I probably need to rework my query letter, but I’m way more excited now about my second novel, so I might wait to resume querying until that one is done instead.
Since I’ve been so wrapped up in novels this year, I’ve been neglecting my short story work. I only completed six new stories, all in the first half of the year, and only three I deemed worthy of shopping around to editors. I made 34 submissions, almost all to pro-paying markets, but didn’t make any sales.
I did manage to write over 106,000 words this year, which is quite an accomplishment considering I’m now pregnant with our first son (due in April). I spent the majority of September/October nauseous and unable to do things like go to the grocery store or feed myself–much less write–but now that I’m nearing the end of the second trimester, I feel like a mostly normal (if a little large and tired) version of myself, and am back to work.
For 2015, my main goal is going to be to finish the second draft of The Shadow Wall before the baby comes. Then, my goal will be to survive and write/submit as much as possible. Not going to stress myself out about numbers when I have a new tiny human to take care of!
Here’s to the start of the New Year and all that it will bring!