Of Mice and Lamps

I know you don’t actually need a designated place to write, to well, .. err WRITE, but it sure is fun to have a home office for the creative part of yourself. Not that I have such a thing yet, but the plans are there. We are going to build an office in the garden! A Garden Office! The idea alone fills me with joy and happy thoughts. The garden isn’t huge which means the trampoline has to go (sorry kids, they don’t know this yet) and we have to save money (because garden offices cost money, ha-ha! Who’d have thought) So in about two years it’s going to be there.

So future-me is going to buy actual houseplants! (my cats are hairy destroyers, my dog is learning fast). And a piano, so I can pretend to learn how to play it. I’m collecting stuff to put in my office. I already have an old-fashioned typewriter, a yet to be big collection of storytiles and now, I also have mice lamps.

Look!

On writing: I’ve dipped a toe in querying and I’ve to say the experience so far is not what I expected. The agents I queried (the responding ones) were nice or formal and didn’t leave me with an uncomfortable feeling after rejecting the project I was querying. So thank you agents, for being kind and professional people.

Also I started a middle grade, because those are fun. Currently writing a story about a boy who wants to train pigeons.

Hope you are well! And if you’re querying or writing: YOU GOT THIS (even if you don’t think you do, you do).

Weird Process

I know you’re supposed to be in the possession of a highly polished version of your novel, before you start thinking about your query letter. Let alone write one.

BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF.

It’s fun.

For me it’s something to work on when I get stuck editing or writing. And when a sentence captures the feel of my story, I copy/paste it in a separate document I keep to tinker with my query letter.  Appropriately named: Document 3, which is a pretty lame title if you consider making up titles is peering down at the top regions of my What-I-Love-About-Writing- List.

Anyway.. In earlier stages this process showed me how thin my plot was. Or that my plot was transparent (sounds better than invisible, don’t you agree?).

Maybe I’ve a weird process but it makes me understand my story better. I’m learning to write a more cohesive pitch and to be specific.

No dark forces that gather but three highly gifted sorcerers who feed on the pain of others meet and plan to kill all the people in an elderly home.

No more plan to kill but they inject all the residents with high dose insulin  (no magic needed. Told you they were highly gifted).

No tragic event but All residents, except one, die. A 93 year-old lady who stole and ate all the candy in the Home survived.

No worst nightmare but the Sematary from King’s Pet Sematary is real and they just sold the plot to create a burial place for children.

It works for me, and if it works I keep it 🙂 Weird or not.