I’ve been plugging away at my novels, up to 16k words on the new novel, a Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-style adventure that uses Tai Chi Chu’an (Taijiquan) as a central element.
I’ve also been getting a reader to plow through my Great Depression-Era Range War/Western novel; when feedback is in from that, I will send it to an agent.
Writing-wise I am consistently, if slowly, scrimshawing out words. Submission- and agent-wise I am in the doldrums, drifting about the ocean sails-up with no wind in sight.
I don’t think there’s such a thing as a writer without self-doubt gnawing at his/her bones. The current, devouring ones for me:
1) If I sell both books, can I really get away with jumping genres so wildly?
2) I don’t seem to write as cleanly or as muscularly as I used to. Will I ever be as skilled again with words?
3) The current novel looks like it will be huge, and the themes are very scattered. Am I skilled enough to pull it off? Will I have to go back and do a rewrite, mid-draft, to keep making forward progress?
4) Will I ever successfully write a sequel to anything?
Let me tip you off to the next big hit book. It’s called “Enchanted”, by a talented and enchanting new author, Alethea Kontis. Here’s the copy from Amazon:
“It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?”
This book is selling like mad, and that’s really cool because Althea is a really cool lady. I’ve only known her online, but it’s always nice seeing someone you knew from the old writer’s haunts launch into the stratosphere. Go, Althea, go!
This thing is hot, really hot, with kickass blurbs from top authors, and everything. My blog ain’t gonna make a dent in her sales, but I’ll do everything I can to help.