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.
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’m also toying with entering the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and Swanwick competitions because I fancy the prizes.
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.
- Alison Maynard writes contemporary romantic comedies, and is published by Choc Lit. Her debut novel, Much Ado About Sweet Nothing, is inspired by the Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing. I found it a fun, escapist read.
#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!
#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.
#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!
#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!
#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.
#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.
#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!