Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fluffy and Fun YA

I always find something else to do when what I have to do is pack. I despise packing. But I have to pack because I have to sleep and I have to sleep because I have to catch a plane bright and early tomorrow. My friends and I are off to Disneyland! I love Disneyland - the idea of it, the details, the fact that's it's a tangible piece of imagination for children - and am really looking forward to seeing the park all decked out for the holidays.

So writing-wise, I've yet to send out my new query. I think I'm going to wait until after the holidays. I have been struggling with the first couple chapters of THE UNICORN TAMER - wondering if there's anyway I can make them more exciting, improve my voice - especially that of my main character's. Since I've been staring at the manuscript for about 8 years now, I decided to take a break. The good news is, I have a new story that isn't as demanding as a children's fantasy. There is no world-building involved and no exhausting, detailed epic I have to create and fret over. This new story if fluffy and fun - it's a YA romance with a supernatural twist. The only difficult part is writing in first person - which I've NEVER done before, but thought I'd try. I can always change it later if it doesn't work out. Since I'm only in the beginning stages, I won't spill too much juicy detail here. I don't even have a title yet (how about I give it the code name Fluffy, for now). I'm glad I'm taking a step back to let The Unicorn Tamer stew for a bit. It's still my baby - per se - and I will do everything I can to get it published, but right now ... stewing is good. I will edit and polish more over Xmas vacation.

I have several other story ideas - the one that tops the list is another fantasy geared towards middle-grade boys - but with all the energy I'm putting into The Unicorn Tamer, I wasn't ready to start another epic. Then ... a couple days ago ... Fluffy presented itself and 3000 words later, I have scenes! I completely failed NaNoWriMo, but I'm going to really try to finish this story in a couple of months instead of years. Once I have more of the story written, I'll write the blurb and put it up here.

Stay tuned!


Jill Wheeler said...

It's probably good to wait until after the holidays to send you query. I'm glad your muse visited you!

Christine said...

Thanks Jill! I hope your muse is well.