On the Planet of Active Writing

Hello all.

So, I’ve been creating fiction. Do you remember the trident of attack? I am following through. Here’s what’s happening for the next few months. If you are not inclined to look, I’ve hidden this under a cut.

I am applying for professional development to visit the San Francisco Writer’s Conference in February, as I am finding that pitching is a great way for me to get the attention of agents on line, so I’d like to try it in person. I’ve been pitching Abby Rath. There is always the possibility that I could find representation for Abby, but at this point, I think it’s wiser to continue the next project for a variety of reasons.

So, the primary goal from now until December is to get The Poison of thy Flesh ready to send to readers. In December, I will be readying queries, pitch materials, summaries of all nations, that sort of thing. Needless to say, I’ll be drafting this a lot. Then in January, cleaning up, integrating notes, etc, etc. I will work hard.

Yet, each month, I am responsible for still writing one short story. I have not failed in this endeavor. My current one is out to readers, and it will come home on the 22nd, when I will put it in order and ship it out.

I have 7 short stories out, with the new one making 8. So, I am following through on this prong of my plan. I also have a novella that has another rewrite request, and so, after I get Poison in shape, I will return to the novella for another pass and see if third time is the charm. That’ll probably be sometime after the San Francisco conference in February.

And then you might remember the idea that I wanted to do something to create some audience appeal, which might not be traditional publishing. That is going to be a serial based on my new role-playing game. I am actively working with the players to get their characters in shape. This will probably be hosted on Patreon, and will not be a faithful adaption, but will be a reasonable dramatic approximation thereof. I will still need to get signed okays from the role players, but I’ll let you know when this begins.

Of course, all this is subject to the whim of an actual sale, and actual edits.

Tomorrow is a writing day. I’ll try to update about fitness on Thursday.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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