It’s Friday already. It seems like a lot happened (and didn’t happen) this week.
Sunday, I submitted my first full manuscript, The Universal Remote, (description below) to the publisher. Now I wait.
While I’m waiting though, I need to start in on my other stories so I can get another one finished and sent to the publisher for consideration too.
My novels up to this point are:
- Shadows: Shadows is the story I’ve been posting on here. I’m still only on Chapter 11 or 13 in the final version. Now it’s just getting the pieces I have hanging around melded together to form a cohesive storyline. I think I’m going to take my friend’s advice and make notes… and stop with long winded flashbacks. Go from point A to point Z in a straight-ish sort of fashion.
- V-Day: V-Day is about heart wishes and how, when two people feel so alone, the Universe steps in and helps them out. It starts a week before Valentine’s Day and follows the lives of Rebecca and Norman, a food critic and a lawyer respectively, through their Valentine’s Day events and beyond. I started writing it after drinking alone one Valentine’s Day. I have two endings for that one but I’m not sure which one to go with yet.
- The Universal Remote: This one is a little tricky but it’s the only one I’ve actually finished and is on the second draft of. It’s about a writer’s husband is a chef. They’ve been married about a year and they’ve spent that year living in Italy. One theme in my own life is trying to figure out when people are going to exit my life. I took that and used that as the wish Chelsea makes on her wedding day. On their one year anniversary, Eli brings in a box addressed to her with no return address. It’s a remote with a single button that when pressed, shows her the answer to her wish through a series of Twilight Zone-esque episodes. It’s a blend of present and future.
- Chasing Rainbows: It’s been a while since I’ve even mentioned this one. It’s a lesbian novel I started before one of my friends left. I loved her but she didn’t love me. So I wrote my feelings into a book that I never finished. Tony, the main character, is set up on blind date with Cassie. They fall in love and they make it work for a while, eventually moving in together. Then Cassie starts cheating on Tony with Charlie, Tony’s mom dies and Tony’s family turn their backs on her. They’re very religious and think God has taken the mom from them because Tony is gay. Angel, Tony’s best friend, goes with her to the funeral. They have funeral sex and then begins the fallout between Tony and Cassie.
- Aftershock: Aftershock is a blend of the Matrix and discovering who you are as a person. The storyline, once I get the end nailed out, follows one person who is desperate for a change. She sees her friends having better luck at love and success than she is. When the chance to change happens, she finds herself with a choice: Take the money and run or spend the past year as someone else. In book one, she is a rich girl who gets into drugs and then hits rock bottom before a government worker steps in and wants her help unraveling a drug lord. In book two, she’s a down and out druggie looking for her next fix, but she gets into a fight with the wrong person. A trainer sees her fight and tells her he will help her if she’ll fight for him in return. She agrees and becomes a low level fighter. In book three, she is in group therapy for cancer support. She starts realizing she has feelings for a woman in her group, a nurse who is there with a patient and what was friendship turns to love. In book four, she’s back in the government agency but this time, she’s in a different role. All she can think about is finding the nurse from before. In book five, she’s an office worker again but this time she knows what she wants: the nurse and the boxing ring. I’m not sure how all of that will work out yet but I’m excited to write it. Like I said, I’ve got the ending almost nailed down. Then it’s time to start the research.
- NaNoWriMo: I started this for National Novel Writer’s Month 2016. It’s a story that follows a writing group for the entire month of November, from break-ups and make-ups to new found love and death.
So six novels and a few short stories that include:
- Gamer’s Girlfriend, my smut novel about a BBW written from the man’s perspective. I don’t have the end for that one but I have two awesome sex scenes already and I know sort of where I want to take it.
- Drifter, a story I started during Snowmagedon about a woman who somehow ends up on vacation in ski-resort with both men she’s messing around with. They get in a fight, she storms off and nearly drowns before she comes to her senses. She then saves herself to nearly die but is saved…maybe. I have two ending for that one too.
- The Box is a story that was more of a dream one morning while I was writing my morning pages. It’s about a person who is raised to see only shades of grey and lives in a world that only shows shaded of grey until he runs into a woman who shows him a group that keeps colors alive and well. He is forced to choose between following his heart or following the rules.
- Heartbreaker is a story about a single young woman who gives up everything to go on the roadtrip of a lifetime. She expects to be gone maybe three months but life has a way of changing our plans, sometimes for the better and other times for the worse. She writes her friend from work so it’s a story about how they grow apart in order to grow together.
- Breaking Points: This one is an essay about how and why people “break” in the workplace.
There are a few others that a merely ramblings on paper but these are my top eleven right now. Now to just figure out where to start…
Happy Friday folks!
Listening to: Amazon’s 50 Great Songs from the Last 10 Years Playlist
Quote of the Day: “We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.” ― Maya Angelou