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Writing. Joy. Moonstruck.

Not sure that I agree with this, but…

You were born during a First Quarter moon

This phase occurs in the middle of the moon's waxing phases, after the new moon and before the full moon.

- what it says about you -

You test everything. You're sometimes unhappy with what others think is "good enough". You point out things you see wrong with the world, even if others are afraid it may cause some unrest. When something isn't right, you're the one who's not afraid to make dramatic changes. You're good at keeping your head in a crisis and reminding people that it takes a shakeup to fix things.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

Haven't posted here in forever; nor on LJ. I futz around on FB, not really posting anything that's deeply personal, but I do love the games. Aiyiyi.

In quick news, finished my first original fic m/m story and have submitted it to Dreamspinner. Am waiting. Will also be reaching out to a friend who's become a literary agent as I would really love to be under her wing as well. The original fic story really needs a sequel, but I'm too stubborn to start on it until and unless I know it's going to be published. In the interim, I've started another original fic story, for a smaller Dreamspinner imprint, and this one will be f/f. It's essentially me in 'Sliding Doors' format; what if? What if I'd fallen for this mythical creature with multicolored hair and tattoos who knits? It's writing itself since it's shameless autobiography without some of my more troubling traits, and the love interest is an amalgam of people I know and yet I hope she'll develop her own unique character as well. I'm really having fun with this one, going to town with just writing it, being as self-indulgent as I want to.

I have a friend who works at Dreamspinner, and I did some gratis proofreading for them, which has given me the confidence to submit works there. Quite to my surprise I found myself attracted to this small imprint, which is so different I'm including the entire description here:
    Itineris Press
    An imprint of Dreamspinner Press providing the best in LGBT faith-based fiction
    Because the journey is as luminous as the destination.

    Itineris stories are:

    ~ contemporary
    ~ immediate
    ~ relationship-based
    ~ diverse in race, religion, and spirituality
    ~ focused on the beauty of unconditional love and LGBT sexuality

    These stories explore the LGBT experience—romance can be a part of the stories, but the absolute focus is the spiritual change and growth that comes with acceptance and unconditional love.

All at once when I read that, I had a vision of this novel(la), of me (but of course not exactly me, but you know what I mean) and what could have happened. I've long struggled with my religion and spirituality, and can explore that fully in this work, which is so liberating. I remember having very heated, emotional discussions and arguments with my conservative boyfriend in college (same one who broke me apart post-divorce, but I can work through that in this work as well) about religion, to going through part of the discernment process about whether or not I'd been called to be a priest myself in my early 30s (Episcopalian), to feeling the spirituality of the Anglican music I was singing but feeling I was a fraud if I took communion, to at last now being at peace as an atheist, but one whose spirit is vast and boundless. Since this imprint writes of diversity in religion and spirituality, I'm hoping that a vague pagan after all of this more typical religious life will be included. And, if not, I'll publish it elsewhere. But there was something about that combination that has just brought this fantastic kaleidoscope of images and burgeoning relationship of a divorced woman who's been attracted to all sorts of people in a variety of body types (ie: pansexual or simply sexual) and finds herself drawn deeply to someone who perhaps is more at peace with herself than the protagonist is at first.

I'm loving starting on this story, I must say. :D I may consider posting sections in chunks as I did with my monk fic, so if people are interested on being on that filter, please let me know!

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Aug. 3rd, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
I love the Dreamspinner press statement! I'll have to have a look at some of their titles.

On the sequel: there seems to some kind of consensus out there among published writers, agents, and acquiring editors that "series sell," that publishers are buying "a talent, not a title," and that if you can submit Manuscript A with the promise that its sequel is already in final draft, you'll be a more desirable "property."

Mind you, I'm new to all this, so, grain o' salt, for what it's worth, etc.
Aug. 5th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Wow. I don't have the sequel in any format whatsoever, but I did present the manuscript as, "this has almost limitless possibilities for sequels, yay." We'll see!! :)
Aug. 5th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed. As I understand it, those are near-magic words for agents and publishers, and if you can follow up with an outline or some other proof of your ability to turn out more work after Book A, it scores big points. Good luck!
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
I love that you've finished the first one, and the second novel(la) sounds very intriguing. I hope a sequel to the first novel(la) comes as quickly and vividly as the second novel(la).

And I am very interested in being on that filter.

~ hugs ~
Aug. 5th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I was going to send the fic to you as well (since Wolfie generously beta'ed it for me) and then I realized that somewhere along the line, I no longer have your email address. Maybe via the book of face you can send me a private message and let me know what your email address is? Would love to be able to chat from time to time.

I'll put you on the filter! Not sure when a first post will be yet. :P
Aug. 4th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
So pleased to hear that you're so inspired and that your new work is unfolding so wonderfully for you. Certainly compelling to tell your tale with parallel timelines!
Aug. 5th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm really trying to approach it as a NaNo type thing, of writing everything even if lots of it will get culled later, just to get it down. Mornings are still best for me, though I'm hoping that Wednesday will be a full, creative day. :D
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