I’ve got a contest for you this morning! Remember last month when I told you NPR was collecting titles from you to find the top SF/Fantasy books? I wasn’t sure if The Hollows was included, since for this one they were excluding horror (mentioning King and where I’m often shelved) and paranormal romance (mentioning Charlaine Harris and Twilight, both of which I often use to try to describe my work.) But the Hollows has that bioengineered tomato that causes the end of the world (science) and it’s not romance or horror by a long shot, so I gave you the link and decided to let you and the contest chaperones decide.
Well . . . the Hollows made the cut for the final contest. ;-) (I feel like such a mongrel!) It’s on the list right under the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a very nice spot indeed. The best part of the contest is that you can vote for ten books/series, so if you are so inclined to voice your opinion, here is the link! I already voted, and there was no need to fill out any form but the contest itself, so it’s painless.
Work went pretty well for me yesterday despite a morning full of interruptions. I finally got the house cleared out a little after one and burned through 16 pages of rough draft. If I can do it again today, I will have the Meg novella done at a messy first draft by Thursday. And believe me, it’s messy. I’ve got one scene that might change completely once I get to the end and see what I need, and one logic issue that I’m questioning that might shift about 45 degrees from what it is now. Messy, ugly, and full of promise.
Writing is not getting it down perfect the first time. That limits you to one direction. Write wide open, having a goal but one that can shift with tides of thought and winds of change. (I think my deep set, hidden love for wind and sail is showing . . .)