Journal

Writing:

Well that was another trip to revision land! The landscape is more familiar now, but it’s still  unsteady ground. While I’ve written a number of first novel drafts, I haven’t ever taken any one of them this far through revisions. Every draft is a learning experience, and I’m working on a better editing methodology as I go. The only way to get better at the process is to go through it from start to finish.

So I turned it in to my agent and after a short break, hmm… I guess its time to dive into revisions on the Beasty novel. So its more revision practice for me. Just what I wanted, right?

P.S. There’s now a link to my Pinterest page in the sidebar if you’re interested in novel aesthetics, research links, or you just want a taste of what I’m currently working on.

Wondering:

Before having a child, I had no idea how much we inherit from our ancestors. I expected the physical things: my nose, his eyelashes, but I didn’t expect the behaviors. The kiddo likes to rub her feet in circles to sooth herself, which my dad always teased me about when I was a kid. She likes to rub her lips against certain textures, which I used to do with my childhood blanket. She also takes great satisfaction in cutting papers and playdough into small pieces instead of building things, and this is 100% her dad.

How many traumas and traits get passed down over the generations? For better or worse our ancestors live on in us, yet the end result is a completely unique person. We all contain multitudes, and the sum of our parts is something unknowable.

Reading:

  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
  • House of Binding Thorns by Aliette DeBodard

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NEWS!!!

If I’ve been quiet this March it’s because things have been brewing in the background.

I can finally announce: I’ve signed with Samantha Bagood of Samantha B. Literary! I’m thrilled, because now this book (and my career) has found an enthusiastic champion. And I’m excited to see what comes next!

How did I get my agent? Simple cold query. First I made sure my query was working, and throughout the process I continued to revise my manuscript whenever I received good feedback. Samantha ended up with the best (and latest) version of the manuscript, so I had a little luck with timing too.

It’s a huge relief to come to the end of the agent hunt and I’m feeling more relaxed than I have in a long time. Still, some days I wake up so nervous that I’m shaking and I doubt that I can do this. But I have to remind myself that I need to tackle what’s next just how I’ve done it before: keep learning, keep writing. There is no such thing as a perfect story, but there is the best I can do at the time – and that has to be enough. So next is revisions and making this story the best I can.

Onwards!

Reading:

  • Steering the Craft by Ursula LeGuin
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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