So I wrote about 500ish words on the opening scene of Gossamer Flying last night. Still pondering whether I think it’s the right place to start, but I believe so. Also trying to decide whether I like the opening line of this one as much as the last one. Let’s compare:
Opening line of WAFT: “He called himself an angel, but looking at him I had my doubts.”
This line came to me in the middle of the night back when the plot was still simmering in my mind. I had to jump out of bed and immediately write down the first paragraph. I still think it’s pretty good.
Opening line of GF: “Nothing ruins a perfectly good day quite like the smell of decomposing flesh in the morning.”
This line did not come in a burst of divine inspiration, but I think it’s adequate all the same. Establishes the heroine’s snarkiness and sets the opening scene rather well. I suspect that I’ll keep it, at least for now.
Right now I’m thinking that I’ll world-build for the epic fantasy while banging out GF. I’ve decided I’m nowhere near ready to go on Golden Silence anyway, and husband is just so excited about WAFT’s sequel that I can’t disappoint him. *grin*
Poked last night at my latest re-read of the WIP I’m querying for typos and just general prose clean-up, then poked at world-building and map-making for the epicish fantasy that’s been waiting patiently for its turn at bat. I am thinking I may alternate working on WAFT’s sequel with the epic fantasy because I don’t want to fall into the trap of only having two related books to shop around. I’d love to get the epic fantasy shaped up so that I have that to offer in addition to WAFT and, if I ever get around to fully revising it, Vessel of Dreams (the prior witch-related urban fantasy that still needs work). There’s also another prior fantasy WIP I may take a stab at re-working and running with someday as it has a most fascinating (I think) magic system, but I only have about 10k words on that one so I won’t to focus on other things first.
Speaking of the epicish fantasy, its working title right now is “Golden Silence” which refers to one of the two main characters. By day she’s the illegitimate sister of her nation’s Queen and the Queen’s Chief Diplomat. By night she’s the mysterious assassin known as the Queen’s Silence, slipping past the defenses of high-ranking enemies of the Queen to…you guessed it…silence them permanently. (It’s not quite as cutthroat as it seems–the enemies of the Queen are unhappy that a woman is serving as Regent over the young Prince since it’s a very patriarchal society and are plotting to assassinate her so they deserve it.) When Zebette, Chief Diplomat, heads to their neighboring (and enemy) nation to begin talks of a future alliance between the Queen’s son and the daughter of the second (extremely matriarchal) nation’s King, she is framed for the murder of a high-ranking official _there_ and her identity as the Queen’s Silence is revealed. Now, the only one who can help prove her innocence and stop all-out war is a former slave turned Priestess whose powerful magical abilities make her perfect for investigating controversial crimes. Of course, her not-so-discreet affair with the King has earned enemies of her own, and a secret society moving among the priesthood of both nations will stop at nothing to prevent the uniting of the Two Nations that Once Were One. Even if that means murdering both Lady Justice and Queen’s Silence to do so.
Whew. Sorry if that got long-winded…It actually helped me to sit down and sum up the plot myself. The culture of both nations are based on Ancient Egypt, as are the gods/goddesses and magic system. I’m actually looking forward to starting on this project which is one reason I may alternate between the two works. Plus I’ve never tried that method so I just want to see how it works for me. Once I get farther into them both I’ll decide which one I actually want to focus on.
Grr…It’s lunchtime and I am sitting here smelling the delicious scents wafting over from the IT area where they are celebrating their monthly departmental birthday lunch. Normally I don’t mind so much, but this time I’m pregnant and somebody has pizza and it smells divine! Setting off all sorts of food cravings and now I am thinking evil thoughts about them. Shot off an email to husband (who works in the IT department) and told him we may have to have pizza for dinner. If there were a decent pizza place nearby I’d go over and have some for lunch!
Evil people…they really SHOULD have their lunches in a conference room with the door closed so I don’t have to smell everything, seeing as how our department is in the same big open area as theirs.
Yeah, I know I’m mixing lyrics…But I want Mr. Postman to bring me an offer from my dream agent. Is that too much to ask for??? *sob* (Just kidding–mostly. =)
Speaking of agents, I am getting ready to drop two more snail queries in the mail. One to Ginger Clark of Writers House and one to Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. I have been interested in Ginger as a potential agent since I read her interview at http://www.gawker.com (who can resist the uber-cute chinchilla in her pic?), and am excited about the fact that Miriam is “fanatical about modern urban fantasies,” according to her agency’s website. Soooo, here’s hoping that I get a nibble sometime soon!!!
Speaking of nibbles, I sent one e-query on September 1st, a snail query on September 8th, another e-query on September 13th, 2 more e-queries on September 23rd, and now two more snail queries today, September 27th. The first e-query was sent to a very busy agency who ended up temporarily closing new author submissions the week after I queried, so I figure it may still be some time till they catch up and I hear back. The first snail query went to my dream agent who is very successful and also uber busy, so I’m hoping I’ll hear something by the middle of next month. Of course, that’s not making it any easier to be patient. I’m getting fanatical about checking my email every 30 minutes (trying to stop that!) and I ZOOM to the mail every night when I get home.
Ah well, such is the life of an unpublished writer trying to get an agent! =)
Getting a bit antsy cause I had been hoping to hear from at least one of the agents I’d queried by now. Not necessarily the agent I snail queried, but perhaps one of the earlier e-queries. Ah well, trying my best to be patient. I never did get around to putting together any more query packages over the weekend. For that matter, I didn’t really get any writing done either. Was too busy spending time with husband, sleeping a lot for baby and me, and doing homework. It was actually a nice, relaxing weekend overall, although over too soon as usual!
I have procured the stamps from husband and, if time permits, may put together a couple packages today. Just depends on how things go. Since I have class tonight writing will probably be nonexistent, but that’s all right. I AM letting things with the next WIP percolate so the time won’t be completely wasted.
This is actually fairly accurate. =)
|you are dodgerblue
Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You’re conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn’t even suspect.
Your saturation level is high – you get into life and have a strong personality. Everyone you meet will either love you or hate you – either way, your goal is to get them to change the world with you. You are very hard working and don’t have much patience for people without your initiative.
Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
|the spacefem.com html color quiz
Just sent off two more queries to agents who accept e-queries, mostly because the stamps husband promised me he has are still at home. I sent one to Miriam Goderich of Dystel & Goderich and one to Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. I plan to put together a couple more snail mail query packages this weekend and HOPEFULLY I’ll start hearing responses sometime within the next week or two. Preferably at least 1 or 2 positive responses for sending partials! =)
I also have a lot of homework to tackle this weekend, but do hope to get cracking on GF or at least get more plotting done. Assuming I can keep the laziness at bay!