It’s Elle’s check-in day of the week! I have yet to do a vlog, but I swear, next week! Today I have particularly bad hair, so I am sorry for that.
What have I done this week? Well, I’ve put my first, completed manuscript THE CHRONICLES OF CHARLIE & CUB in a lovely blue binder.
I have to admit, I’m a little scared to read it. There is only this moment in time that the draft will be ‘perfect’. It’s the perfect incarnation of story and words on the page. As a writer, I know it’s not perfect, but right now, until I read that first page, it is. It’s like Schrodinger’s Cat, right? Right now, you have no idea whether it’s a masterpiece or a complete epic failure, but until I read that first page, or even the first word, I will never know for sure. I like it being a dead-and-alive cat right now.
It will probably sit there until I finish this blog post. I’ll then have run out of things that I “need to do” and so I will have start reading it.
The other story that I’ve started working on is currently called “The Incomplete Guide to the Museum” which was in part inspired by “A Partial Map to Your Tardis” and in part inspired by the fact that I wanted to write a TV series as a book.
How does one write a TV series as a book? Well, I have three main characters, and they are the main characters in the entire book. However, there are ten short stories (about 10,000 words each) which have their own plots and bits and pieces, and across all the stories is an overarcing story. It’s a little difficult to plot out. It also means I need to come up with eleven plots, and link them together by something else besides having the same characters in each story.
The plan is to publish a short story a month online. A little blurb: Ayla is your average university student. She has friends, she goes to class (sometimes), she exercises with her new neighbour. But when her neighbour dares her to go into the ever-empty, always-mysterious Museum–that’s what it’s called, just the Museum–Ayla doesn’t want to explain about the missing people. From here, Ayla is thrown forward in time, back in time, living right in the moment and finds that the museum isn’t exactly what it seems. Can she find the Housekeeper again and get her answers? Will she ever see her own life again?
Third and final item of business for today’s check-in, here at The Great Noveling Adventure, we’re running a competition and the lucky winner will receive all our favourite books from 2012 which inspired us to write. Readers of my blog probably have seen, what I think may be my favourite piece of writing from 2012, where I reviewed Froi of the Exiles, a novel by Melina Marchetta.
Froi is the second book in the Lumatere Chronicles but can be read as a stand alone book. We met Froi in the first book, but now he’s older and much less rabid than he was originally. He’s on the cusp of manhood and wants nothing more than to prove himself to his queen of Lumatere. So he takes on the impossible task: assination of another country’s king. But once there, he starts to realise that these people feel like home and what if he wasn’t really a lost Lumaterean?
I don’t have words to describe how I feel about this book. It is by far, in my opinion, Marchetta’s best work–and that says something considering she is the woman from whence Looking for Alibrandi and On the Jellicoe Road came.
I hope you will enter–and even if you don’t win, I definitely recommend reading this heartbreaking book.
And that’s my check-in for the week. Until next time!
[This was also posted at my own blog, minus the competition paragraphs!]