I can’t believe a month passed by just like that! What have I been doing – you might ask yourself? Well, lots. Mainly whipping Project 1 into shape, printing it, sending it to people (both in physical and electronic form), looking for novels similar to Project 1 that I can use for my query, written poetry that I probably will publish here later on, working on a short story I will hopefully have up here one day, and finished University applications (among other things).
I am afraid I will be a bit off until the 28th of February. Why? Well – because after I finish the short story I am working on right now, which is bordering on a novelette, I want to write a piece of fiction for LitReactor’s Sci-Fi writing challenge – which you can find here.
Most of my time, however, will be spent reading. What do the following books have in common?
- Paul Cornell – London Falling
- Courtney Allison Moulton – Angelfire
- Paula Weston – Shadows
- Dean Koontz – Odd Interlude
- Cynthia Hand – Unearthly
- Kristen Simmons – Article 5
The answer: It’s in the introductory paragraph! All of them contain elements familiar to Project 1. The problems is that I have never in my life read a novel similar to the novel I have written and am in desperate search of novels I can compare it to. After some days of research I found these six novels and think they strike close to home. I just started reading Cornell’s London Falling. So far it’s not as familiar as I’d hoped. I pray the others are. This is what you get for writing something new and unique.
Early response to Project 1: After reading the first chapter a beta reader found it amazing how I managed to utterly “mindf**k” her with my writing. It nearly drove her insane – in a good way.
What will I do for the rest of the day? So far I haven’t done much. Read mostly, replied to some e-mails, and went to the Ben & Jerry’s website wishing I could eat ice cream like food (I actually do, but don’t tell anyone). Now I will read some blogs before doing more work on my Masters applications.
– F H Hakansson