April 2020 has come and gone and our world continues to change. My month hasn’t been too bad, all things considered, with some solid writing progress made and five great books read. Come and check out all the details and tell me about what you’ve been up to!! →
April 2020 has come and gone, and I’m sure many of us can’t shake the feeling that the world has changed forever. I hope you and your families are all safe and well, and are coping okay in these strange times. My month hasn’t been too bad, all things considered, and has included the following key “highlights”:
Life in lockdown. Today marks day 38 of my time in lockdown, and I’m facing down at least another 11-12 days. We’ll see. As an introvert, I’m handling the isolation aspect just fine, but working from home is definitely harder than I expected—motivation is slipping rapidly from my grasp! Fellow Victorians, all COVID-19 updates are on the DHHS website.
News of the canine variety. So, the family will soon be getting a new co-worker after the old one quit on us last year! 😜 In all seriousness, my beloved childhood dog Leo died last February (see some cute pics here), and after making enquiries in recent months we received some exciting news this April: a bundle of fluff will be coming home to us soon!
Anzac Day 2020. April 25th is Anzac Day here in AUS, where we commemorate those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. But this year, there were no gatherings, no parades. Instead, many of us stood in our driveways as the sun rose, candles at our feet, as part of the Light Up the Dawn initiative.
This April, I published 2 full blog posts as per my goals for 2020. You can check these out below!
I’ve also come across some excellent content posted by my fellows in the writing community! Here are some blog posts I’ve enjoyed this month:
Not gonna lie…I’m pretty tired after working on three key writing projects that span four separate novels! But I just can’t seem to help myself. The current status of each of my WIPs, and the progress I made this April, is detailed below.
“The weight of the sky—of the whole world—was pushing down, and it was crushing me.”
Word count: 84,878
What’s new: My contemporary YA novel Holding Up the Sky is now well and truly in the query trenches! After months of procrastination, I forced myself to bite the bullet this months and just submit the damn thing. The query is now with three separate agents with a fourth submission ready to go, and recently I received a request for a partial! Tune in for more news next month!
“The Old has returned…and what once was, will be again.”
Status: Beta reading
Word count: 195,170
What’s new: I don’t really have any updates for Blood of Old, the first book in my fantasy series Graceborn. Beta reading continues, and I’m very grateful to my betas for the feedback they’ve provided so far. It has been really encouraging, and I have a few solid points to consider. I haven’t 100% decided how I’ll approach my next round of edits, and this WIP is not my priority this year, but I’ll keep you posted!
The story continues…
Status: Writing 1st draft
Word count: 43,069 (18.7%)
What’s new: I’ve been writing like a crazy person this month, and added 30k words to the draft of First the Song, the second book in the Graceborn series! This amounts to a full six chapters I’ve managed to complete. I’m now about two-thirds of the way through Part One, which puts me on track—just—to finish this draft by the end of the year. Sequels have their own challenges, but I’m having fun so far!
<Top secret project>
A brand new WIP!
Word count: 0
What’s new: My new contemporary YA standalone WIP—which still remains top secret (sorry not sorry)—is coming along nicely. After developing all the characters last month, I spent this April fleshing out the settings, which means that the main planning phase is now pretty much complete. From here, I’ll be moving on to plotting, structuring and outlining, in time for smashing out as much of the draft as I can during NaNoWriMo in November!
I read a total of 5 books over the month of April, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. On other reading matters, I’ve also started a bit of a reorg-slash-makeover of my Goodreads account. There’s not much to see just yet, but hopefully there will be soon. Anyway, the titles I finished in the last few weeks are: