It is done!
Now for a word of explanation to my null set of fans:
I had attempted a pseudo-NaNoWriMo novel. I call it pseudo, because I started in mid-October, but planned not to work on the weekends, for a total of around thirty days. I say attempted, because the story shrunk in the telling until it was under 25k words at the finish. In any case, I finished a day early, though there’s some editing needed.
This is actually the expansion of a short story I had written a while back, which I had submitted once upon a time to Tuscany Press. Unwisely, I had written it for a religious publisher specifically, down to the ending, so I couldn’t submit it anywhere else when it was rejected. (protip: don’t do this.) Thus, I was stuck with an unpublishable manuscript (which had several other issues, mind you, small ones like not having an actual plot.)
I was trying to pull it into a novelette when NaNoWriMo came along, which I decided to attempt (sorta). Originally I was going to do the first book of The War Against the Gods, but after hashing out the novelette with my Mom it seemed the more logical to do that instead.
I was also going to submit the revamped, and significantly different, version again to Tuscany Press and another religious publisher, this time as a young adult novel, but real life intervened. The other publisher decided not to reopen submissions, and the end manuscript is too small for Tuscany Press. That, and it might be tacky to resubmit, but who knows?
Thus, I now have a finished first draft of a manuscript, which I intend eventually to self-publish (or indie publish or whatever the cool kids call it these days). My rabid fanbase of relatives and imaginary friends can expect it sometime in April. We’ll see.
What’s it about, I hear you ask? It’s about an immortal prince, an antimatter factory, and doing the right thing, even if it costs you your life. More to come, later.
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