You get two of these posts this month because I don’t want the latest post to be, well, the last latest post. Some updates for you:
- I’m perishingly busy and distracted, and frazzled due to work, work drama, the commute (the traffic jams have been out-of-this-world awful) and some health issues (not, as far as I know, C-19 related, just my arrhythmia messing with me again and low-blood sugar causing hypoglycaemia issues.) Also household issues I don’t talk about on public blogs.
- Nevertheless, work’s getting done on Watermyth. I am not looking forward to the headache of sending this out for edits, doing the typesetting and forking out money etc to make a good book, but I don’t think I have the luxury of waiting till I get an agent, either. Publishing seems extra fraught, lately — so I think I’m going to put out the whole trilogy on my own. Which means I need to budget for an editor and a typesetter etc. And I’m going to be super-picky because I don’t want someone doing a hatchet job on my text. I’m going to do all this work for, what? 5 readers if I’m lucky? Haha, fml.
- Short fiction! I submitted my first short story in over a year, and got my first rejection in over a year. Since my rejection skin has grown baby-soft and I’ve lost all of my calluses, it stung a bit but it’s good nevertheless to be back in the game. I’m sure I’m going to amass a gazillion rejections before my next acceptance but that’s the name of the game. I guess sometime in 2025 you’ll get to read something new from me, lol.
- In the meanwhile, I’ve finally cleaned up Watermaidens.net and added a new room to the Antechamber Game. Check it out if you want but there isn’t a lot there yet.
- And that’s all. Most of my time goes to household issues, work, music and languages. Whatever leftover time I have, goes to my creative writing — what time isn’t used up by academic research. Pity, I could really use the extra cash that comes with pro fiction sales.
- Having said that, my science fiction writing muscles are active again and my brain’s feeling ripe with new SFF/cyberpunk ideas. So I’m feeling moderately optimistic about getting back in the game, even though this is no guarantee of acceptances.
- Oh, I also updated Bibliotheca Luminis with three short story selection posts. I am not writing personalised reviews anymore, just posting a list of my favourite SFF/H short fiction for every given month. Since I read A LOT, these are very carefully curated lists.
Guess that’s it. I’m very pleased that I managed to update all of my sites/blogs. It was excellent self-care as well!