So I just turned the manuscript for Scylla and Charybdis back over to my editor (I still get a giddy little thrill saying that, call me a dork) for her review. I've been swimming in tweaks, changes, additions, deletions and hoping that I've managed to hit all the notes for a little over a month, and now it's time to stop and breathe.
What will I do until the next round? On my next book to submit / query, Unnatural Causes, I am partway through transcribing my paper edit, but honestly, I've been editing so much that I need to step away for a bit. So ... time to give the new novel, Surgeburnt, some love. It's a huge change from Scylla and Charybdis: a chaotic, magic-infused Earth as told through the first-person eyes of a snarky and pessimistic narrator. And the trick with Surgeburnt is that I'm actually telling two stories at once: the "now-time" sequence of events, and a dramatized backstory of how it got to that point. It's a fine balance, filling in enough detail to make sense of the now-story, while still leaving questions to play out in the then-story: how did this happen? Why? What's missing?
So my current plan is to focus on Surgeburnt through the end of the month (gee, maybe I'll come up with a better title in that time, too). After that, I'd like to break up my attention and do some shorter pieces - poetry and flash. The ideal would be one a day, but with my work schedule, that may not be feasible. Anyone have an idea for prompts or a scheme I might follow? It would be fun to have an ongoing flow of inspiration.
Then ... back to Unnatural Causes. I'm planning on another pass before I look for beta readers; guessing that won't be until early 2017. And, of course, when I hear on Scylla and Charybdis, that goes to the top of the pile.
That's the plan, anyhow. And we all know what happens to plans ...