I have always read that as a writer, you need to have many projects on the go. This is especially true when you’re in the “in between time”, waiting for feedback from beta readers (or agents – which I will know how waiting for responses to queries feels like starting sometime in January 2017, so I’ll be able to write about that in more detail then).
As I have just given draft four of Life at the Death House to my awesome group of beta readers, I am free to jump into other projects.
At the moment, I am working on three more novels. With the working titles of:
- Broken Children
- The Art of Conversation
- What If We Don’t Go Back?
It’s been really fun to come up with these ideas and to always have something to be daydreaming about. Of course, I’m still working on these so the summaries are basically “living”.
Broken Children is the name of a short story that I wrote in college that I have always been really proud of. It starts off with a young man, Billy, on his way to drug treatment. He meets a kind woman who listens to him tell the tales of his misdoings and losses. They part ways when they get to their destination city, and when he gets to his first group therapy session, the woman from the train walks in and announces herself as their drug counsellor. The short story will be chapter one of the novel with the rest of the book being about Billy and his life in recovery. There are many stories about the wreckage that leads to recovery, but I haven’t had the pleasure of reading many that talk about what life is like after choosing to get and stay clean.
The Art of Conversation is about a young gay artist living on a farm, learning to cope with the death of his husband by finishing the mixed-media paintings they were working on together. He is visited by a woman going door-to-door to hand out Jehovah’s Witness pamphlets. The book will form around their unlikely friendship, as they both hope to inspire one another to view the world through their eyes, and the startling realizations they learn about themselves in the process.
What If We Don’t Go Back? is about twin siblings, Rebecca and Jackson, as they try to find out where they belong in the world. They were put up for adoption when they were babies and bounced around the foster care system before landing in a good home for their high school years. Upon their graduation, they take a walk and ask the question: “What if we don’t go back?” which begins their journey into adulthood, running away every time the going gets tough.
In addition to these novels, I am dusting off my short story skills and researching literary magazines to submit to. I can’t wait for the snow to come because that’s the official writing season! With no garden to tend to, I can hermit indoors and write up a storm.
It’s gearing up to be a prolific year!