The Other “F” Word
In the Year of our Laptop 2014, I shall swan dive into the lake of fire and brimstone known as (cue the scary music, please) Revision Hell. (Imagine that in a bold and jagged blood-red font, superimposed on a screaming Jamie Lee Curtis, circa Halloween.)
I’ve got a virtual drawer full of projects waiting for the big F. In NaNovember, I completed the first drafts of three novellas, two of which are part of my Portland geek series (the first of these – story 1.0, if you will — has already been accepted by Entangled; 2.0 is currently under submission). I’d also previously completed the first draft of a sequel to Northern Light.
Before next New Year’s Eve rolls around to send me retreating under the covers well in advance of midnight, I resolve to:
- Complete the planning and first draft of the final Portland geek novella (4.0).
- Revise and submit novellas 2.5, 3.0 and 4.0.
- Revise and submit the sequel to Northern Light.
Somewhere in there, I’ll have to edit the 1.0 and (if I’m lucky) 2.0 stories.
Like Jessa, I won’t necessarily punish or reward myself for hitting or not hitting a goal. Hitting it is the reward. Missing it is the punishment (except in the case of contracted books, in which case, my editor may have a few pithy words and/or an inspirational kick in the butt).
So, to my breathlessly awaiting first drafts, I say Happy New Year. This is the year I “f” you.