I thought I'd try something a bit different. Most often, I write about writing or projects, but I figure that can get a bit boring. And it's crucial for a writer to keep their skills sharp no matter what stage their current project is in. Therefore, I decided to try my hand at a bit of flash fiction using a random first line generator as a prompt.
Here's a screenshot of the prompt I was given, and the story starts below.
So the end of 2015 more or less kicked my rear. I suppose I should have known I'd either end up horribly ill, insanely busy, or both the moment I signed up for NaNoWriMo. As it happened, things went busy, ill, extra busy trying to make up for time lost being ill, even sicker, then busy and ill over the course of November and December. Needless to say, not as much writing got done as I'd hoped because concentration is the first thing I misplace when not feeling my best.
But it's a new year now, and I'm feeling pretty good again. I'm returning to the desk a good 50,000 words behind where I'd like to be with Icarus, but hey, I'm 25,000 words farther along than I was on November 1st, right?
To be quite honest, with everything that's happened this past week, I completely forgot I was supposed to post a lesson on the self-publishing process this morning until about five minutes ago. Thanksgiving week was good but a bit on the rough side this year, and I'm almost ready to drop this morning. So I'm here to announce this week's lesson will be postponed until Monday, December 7.
I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to do a good job on the article today. I'm exhausted, beyond scatterbrained, and verging on being ill, and I never want to publish anything for you that isn't the very best I can give you.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. I'll see you next week.
If you've been paying any sort of attention to the word count ticker to the right of this page, you may be asking if I just up and deleted most of the rough draft of The Icarus Project. The answer is yes and no.
As sometimes happens, I realized the place where I needed to start the novel was a chapter or two into my rough draft. This time it wasn't because those first chapters were boring, but what's the point of a couple chapters if you're going to end up rehashing them repeatedly on into the book? I took the original first chapter and published it as a short story, which was the original idea when I first started working on this story back in 2004. If interested, you can find "Icarus Awakens" in Daydreams and Myth.
The other half a chapter was deleted in the interest of starting at the best place. So as of today, my rough draft word count is back 4559 out of a goal of 80,000. Between the rest of the week and NaNoWriMo, I'm going to see how close to my goal I can get before December 1.
Who else is planning to participate this year?
This week was one of those odd ones when I was supposed to go in and work at the station on Monday and then work the rest of the week from home due to the holiday. However, the main program I use to schedule all the commercials got overwhelmed with the start of year renewals and locked up mid morning Tuesday, meaning the remote link I use to work from home locked up too. Since Hubby was home because the high school where he works being out for holiday too, he was already handling most of the girls' studies for the day.
This meant I was free to drive to the station and reboot the computer the requisite four times to get our scheduling software to behave, which was handy since everyone else was just as busy. After everything started working again, I stayed to finish the last of the scheduling on the off chance the system would lock a second time. Then, of course, I had a couple of errands to run before going home.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how I got blindsided by an unexpected year long commitment to teaching a creative writing course.
Those who have known me for any length of time know I've been blogging for nigh on a decade now. A couple of years ago, I even tried juggling three blogs at once, each specialized into their own topic. That got to be overwhelming, so I merged them all into one. I'm both excited and wary of starting a second blog again.
There very well may be some cross posting between my main blog and this one. However, I'm going to try and keep this blog mostly centered around writing, genres, upcoming signings or literary events, and the like.
I know conventional wisdom says I should have started this website years ago, even though Right of Succession has only been out for a few months now. I've had my hands full with the move from Etsy to my business' website, so I've been reluctant to start a new venture. Plus, it feels like "jumping the gun" to me to have a website before anyone gives a care who you are or what you do.
Anyway, welcome, and I do hope you'll come back soon.
A. B. England is a small business owner, mom of two, novelist, all around geek, and avid crafter. She loves mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
Yekara Series Book 2
The Icarus Project
Rough Draft Progress
77384 / 75000
Myth & Science Collection
Icarus Series Book 2
Sketched w/ Some Drafting
Yekara Series Book 3
Myth & Science Collection 2
Intent Only at this Time
Icarus Trilogy Book 3
Supers Collection 2
Intent Only at this Time
Yekara Series Book 4