Gah! It’s July! Who let July in here? I never approved this.
And since it is both (a) Monday and (b) hotter-than-the-seedy-underbelly-of-Hades in most of the country, let’s start this post off on the right note…with the Doctor:
Look at him! That just makes me happy. Happy enough to get on with the goals already!
- Finish plotting and start drafting Code Title: BIG BEN. I honestly, truly meant to make a big dent in this yesterday, but I also had crits that I had promised to Brenda Drake’s DOGGONE VOICE WORKSHOP over at her blog which took longer than I had thought they would. Not that I’m complaining – there are some great entries and writers over there working hard. I expect many of them to have fabulous success stories soon! Still, I didn’t quite come blazing out of the gates. I have ground to make up on world-building, character sketches and plot outlines.
- Finish all remaining crits. Still have a couple in my email, but I knocked out a BIG chunk of this by going through the #VoiceTeam crits yesterday. If you have a chance, definitely check them out – if only to see where all the judges agree and differ on feedback. It’s very interesting.
- Brainstorm potential alternate beginnings and/or other revisions to PD. I should probably just leave well enough alone, but I really feel like I’m missing something, that there has to be another way to open the story and make those first two chapters stronger. It’s nothing urgent – just something I want to play around with – but it’ll probably keep me from entering the Christmas in July contest being run by Michelle Krys and Ruth L. Steven. They’ve got some awesome agents participating, though, including K.T.’s, so definitely check it out.
One I didn’t think of in time to send to K.T.: Look into repurposing an old fanfic.
Let me explain: On a walk this past week, The Man and I were discussing the fact that it’s crazy how E.L. James is making over $1 million a week off of, essentially, publishing fanfiction. He said, half-joking, “You should do that.”
Flash back about 10 years ago: I, like many authors, wrote fanfiction. Mainly OC (original character) centered stories so I could pretend I was running around in my favorite fandoms. Some Newsies way back in the day, some Spike/OC Buffy stories in high school that went to the Spike Girls Yahoo! Group (I was Celtic Spike), and one-and-a-half Harry Potter stories that I penned around the time I was 19 or so. 2002-ish, let’s say, when the HP fandom was just wicked intense. It was a very angsty romance and actually got a little bit of a following. Paltry as compared to the BNFs who were running things during that time period, but they were dedicated and I hearted all of them.
When The Man mentioned repurposing fanfiction, it’s the Harry Potter story that immediately came to mind. I pulled it up this weekend and looked through it, and it’s not actually half bad in some areas. Not great, but not terrible. And since it mainly follows an OC – and I wasn’t terribly skilled at writing the HP players in-character – there is room to give it a facelift and have it be a perfectly serviceable (if, albeit, dark) romance.
I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing with it yet – hell, maybe nothing – but it’s an intriguing idea anyway. Anyone out there with experience reading romance? Because this would be a *brand-new* genre area for me. 🙂
And now, to further make your Monday more hilarious: