I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

I continued work on my adult horror-urban fantasy this week and am slowly making progress. My current process is:

  • read through each scene rewriting as I go
  • write answers to the scene summary questions (taken from Wired for Story)
  • if answering these questions raises any gaps or issues, go back and adjust the scene.

It’s a slow process but seems to be working well. I’ve never done a rewrite this way before but it’s particularly useful for this manuscript, which has taken a long time for me to get my head around. There’s still a long way to go but I’m happy with my progress.

Also this week I completed a submission for my young adult paranormal horror novel and sent it out into the big wide world. Eventually, I hope, I’ll hear something back

What’s inspiring me this week?

I’m finishing my 2017 reading with some great work by Australian women writers

I finished Claire Coleman’s Terra Nullius, which I loved. Sometime this week I’ll post a review on Goodreads but I can tell you now I’m giving it five stars. It’s an original, insightful and well executed novel that deals with Australia’s bloody past and its implications for the present and future as well as dealing with global themes of colonisation.

This week I started reading Carmel Bird’s novel Child of the Twilight. I’m a long-time fan of Bird’s work because I love the way she uses language and so far in this book she doesn’t disappoint. One of the novel’s characters, Father Cosimo, is a Francisan priest who “talks in puns and paradoxes and codes”. His language is delightful, an absolute joy to read. I can imagine Bird simultaneously enjoying herself immensely and tearing her hair out while writing this character’s dialogue. This is one of my favourite passages so far:

“She sews like a spider, you know. And the worms  made the silk itself. Wonderful, isn’t it, what worms can do? I should show it to you, the little green dress like apples. That is if you are interested. You are interested? Interested in the work of work-men-and-work-women-spiders and silkworms and aunts? Well, I daresay it’s the women who do all the work, isn’t it. Critter, critter on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? You are interested?” Child of the Twilight p62

The rhythm, the imagery, the musicality of it blows my mind.

What action do I need to take?

I really need to get my head around moving my YA novel off the Pronoun platform. Pronoun is shutting down as of 15 January so I have until then to migrate the novel off there and onto somewhere else but so far the only “somewhere else” seems to be Amazon’s KDP. I did start the process of signing up to KDP but they asked so many questions about banking and tax and everything else that I gave up. I didn’t have to answer those questions with Pronoun (all payments went through Paypal) and I’m not comfortable giving Amazon all this extra information. So now I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

Any advice about this would be greatly appreciated!