At the end of the year, I can safely say that 2015 was better than 2014. Granted, considering everything I wrote about in last year's final entry, 2015 would have had to work damn hard to be as bad as 2014 was. But all the same, it's worth saying.
To say I went through some changes this year would be a mild understatement. I packed up my entire life and left New Mexico, drove myself halfway across the country, and arrived here in Washington on the first of March. I then spent nearly six months unemployed before landing an awesome job. (Totally worth it.) And somewhere in between, I wrote two books.
I am very, very happy to say that neither of those books sucked.
One of them, which I've only referred to as the crazy dream book, was an experiment that didn't work out. At its heart, and as I've mentioned before, it was an attempt to take a piece of fanfiction I wrote many years ago and make it legit. I tried rewriting the plot several months later, but determined it wasn't going to work. Despite that, some part of me still wants this to happen, and odds are good I'll hold onto the idea in my head for a long time.
That's why I've never told anyone the book's title. For some reason, it feels like the magic of this mad little story would disappear if I told anyone what it's meant to be called. So I won't, not until I can make it work and let other people read it. It might never happen, but I can accept that; I've been at this too long to think that I'll get to tell every story I have in my head.
The other book I wrote this year was THE BOOK OF LOST RUNES. This one means a lot to me, not just for all the work I've put into it but because of the people it's about. At least half of the books I've written have starred Shiloh & Alexi in one incarnation or another. I feel like I do better writing them than anyone else, and with this book, I feel like I've come closer to getting down who they're supposed to be than ever before.
And that is the book I'm currently querying.
The query process is no less nerve-wracking for having confidence in the book. But no matter what problems I see with BoLR, when I read it, I know that it's a good story and worth trying to get published. And something has happened with this book that's never happened before - I'm actually getting some interest from agents. Nothing definite yet, but a few nibbles, enough to reassure me that I'm doing something right. I've paused my agent search for the holidays, but once the new year starts, I'll be right back at it.
Because, of course, the best thing to do when an agent wants to read some of your book is to query even more agents. In case they want to read some of it too. ^_^
As for 2016, I'm not sure. I'd like to write another two books, as that seems like a good plan and it worked out well for me this year. I'd also like to have some stories that I'm sure about writing, as that seems like an even better plan and not doing that is part of why 2014 sucked so much. >_< I have one plot that's complete and has been for many months; I figured out the one thing that was wrong with it a while back and it's been sitting ready since then.
I also have three or four different plots-in-progress I'm trying like all hell to figure out so I can turn them into actual stories. Would that everything worked out smoothly when I'm trying to get it out of my head and onto the page.
But I'll keep trying, because that's the only thing I can do. And knowing that things are working a little bit better now is excellent motivation.
Next week: the first IWSG of 2016.