What Am I Working On?

The talented Tracy Fells has invited me to be part of a blog chain, linking writers up across the vast, virtual world that is the internet.

Chain link

Chain link (Photo credit: Matti Mattila)

Tracy writes short stories, flash fiction, the occasional article plus drama for theatre and radio. Her stories have appeared in Take-a-Break Fiction Feast, The People’s Friend, The Yellow Room, The New Writer and Writing Magazine. If you’ve got a minute drop in on her blog – http://tracyfells.blogspot.com/ – it’s full of good ‘writerly’ things.

My task, as a tiny ‘link’ in this vast chain, is to reveal something about what I’m working on now.

I’d like to tell you how I’m deep into a novel which has been painstakingly planned out, has a perfect story arc and is full of characters that are constantly ‘talking’ to me. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When it comes to writing I’m something of a butterfly. I settle on one project for a while and then I decide that my time might be better spent on a different piece of work, so I switch. Or I spot a competition with a wonderful prize and I drop everything to enter it – fully aware that hundreds of others are doing exactly the same thing and I therefore stand little chance of winning.

So, I currently have a few things on the go:

  • I’m working on the third story in the Museum of Fractured Lives series. When that’s ready I will be publishing it as an e-book for Kindle and also producing an omnibus edition containing all three of the stories plus a short prologue about how the museum came into existence. So I’m also thinking about book covers, marketing and other stuff that goes along with putting a new book out.
  • On the back burner I have the NaNoWriMo manuscript that I completed in November. Before Christmas I polished up the first three chapters, wrote a synopsis and entered it into the Ian Govan Award. Whatever the outcome of the competition (& I’m not holding my breath!) I hope to get round to finishing this novel at some point.
  • I also have ideas for a couple of articles which I’m doing preliminary research for, prior to pitching to editors. I won’t tell you what they are in case anyone out there can write them up better (& quicker) than me!

I just wish I could focus on only one thing and then maybe I’d actually get something done!

Back to the blog chain – the following two links in the chain will all post next Monday (13/1/14) about their current writing projects – but why not pop over to their blogs now and see what they’re up to?

  • Debbie Young is a keen blogger and also writes short stories, flash fiction, travelogues, memoirs and non-fiction. Samples and links may be found on her author website: www.youngbyname.me. She is also blog editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors (http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org) and blogs about book marketing on her own website, www.otsbp.com. A keen reviewer of indie and self-published books, when she’s not writing, she’s reading and reviewing.
    From personal experience I’ve found Debbie the fount of all knowledge when it comes to book marketing.

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  1. #1 by Wendy Clarke on January 6, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Glad you were able to be part of the blog chain, Sally. I am a bit of the opposite to you, I have to complete one thing before starting the next (but that can be rather boring).

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on January 6, 2014 - 8:09 pm

      I wouldn’t call it boring, Wendy – I’d call it efficient!

  2. #3 by Debbie Young on January 6, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Hi Sally, thanks for nominating me and for your kind comments! It sounds like you have a busy time ahead with so many projects running concurrently. I haven’t given in to the temptation to enter competitions yet and am wondering whether I should… Happy New Year to you, I think 2014’s going to be a good one!

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on January 6, 2014 - 8:11 pm

      Nothing to lose by entering competitions, Debbie – except of course the entry fee! But I do try and stick to free ones these days.

  3. #5 by Tracy Fells on January 6, 2014 - 11:03 am

    What an excellent post, Sally, and thank you for carrying on the chain! I was pleased to read you are a butterfly writer – I’m much the same and do worry about getting side-tracked all the time. Good luck with the novel competition and others you’re entering. Best wishes for a successful 2014 🙂

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on January 6, 2014 - 8:11 pm

      Thanks for including me in the chain, Tracy!

  4. #7 by swanview on January 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    You sound very busy. It’s nice to know there is someone else like me though who flits from one thing to another. This year I mean to follow through and complete and edit more work. Best of luck with your enterprises.

    • #8 by Sally Jenkins on January 6, 2014 - 8:12 pm

      Good Luck to you too, Rowen. Starting things is the easy bit – finishing them can be hard, I know!

  5. #9 by swanview on January 6, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    Just to let you know if I click on the link to Sally’s blog it says it no longer exists.

    • #10 by Sally Jenkins on January 6, 2014 - 8:17 pm

      Oh dear, you’re right. Sally Quilford did agree to take part in the chain with this link – I think something unforeseen must have happened. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve removed the link to Sally Q – she’s had to take her blog off line.

  6. #11 by Alison May on January 7, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Good luck with all your projects Sally. Looking forward to my go next week! x

    • #12 by Sally Jenkins on January 7, 2014 - 8:06 pm

      Looking forward to reading all about you, Alison! Thanks for picking up the baton.

  7. #13 by hilarycustancegreen on January 7, 2014 - 11:57 am

    You are a good example entering competitions. I used to and I think I am going to then I let the deadlines pass… Actually, I did just send 100 words to a Mslexia competition, so the instinct survives.

    • #14 by Sally Jenkins on January 7, 2014 - 8:07 pm

      Well done on getting an entry into the Mslexia comp., Hilary. And I too let a lot more deadlines slip by than I actually get entries sent off for!

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