Now what?

One of the hardest things to do during “beta month” is figuring out what to do with my free time. I’ve spent every free moment since November pouring effort into Paradisa. Writing Goliath was a nice thing to pick up once my novel went into beta, but that’s done too.

So now what?

Although I plan to write two more books in the Paradisa world, I have resolved that my next book will not be for Paradisa. No use writing those sequels until the first book has publishing promise. Additionally, I’d like to stretch my range by doing a different sort of story entirely. I am torn between two ideas for my next novel – one is a magical realism ‘dramedy’ a la Night At The Museum or Stranger Than Fiction. The other is a dark work of metafiction that’s basically Black Swan meets the NYC interactive play Sleep No More.

I’ve also got a half-finished fictionalized memoir called The Shadow of Saturn, which is about my time at NASA. If I ever finish that one, I’ll probably just self-publish.

Maybe I could tinker with more short stories and submit to various fiction mags. It would be nice to have a publishing credit or two!

There is, of course, the possibility that I could do a film project instead. But since I’m hoarding money for a down payment on a house,  and LASIK too, my purchase of a Black Magic Cinema Camera will have to wait. And thus, any cinematic ventures that come with it.

At this point, all I know is that it’s going to be a very creative year….and hopefully I’ll have another novel by December 31st to show for it.

1 Beta Down, 6 To Go

Big shout out to my friend Greg for being the first person to finish Paradisa. He’s been very encouraging and I look forward to meeting up with him on Monday, where we’ll discuss the book in greater length. Hopefully he’ll lend his fantastic imagination and frank nature to the critique.

This weekend, I’m recovering from a shoulder injury and hanging out with Alyssa, who is in town until Monday. The shoulder injury has kept me down for about two weeks, but one trip to the chiropractor put me in good form again. One bad side effect of being a writer is how badly a laptop will screw up your spine. I’m trying to use my writing desk more instead of writing in bed (bad habit!). My x-rays were scary, guys. If you jut out your neck as far as it can go, that’s pretty much my resting posture. It’s going to take a very long time to fix, but at least the misalignment beneath my shoulder blade, which was causing me massive pain, has been resolved.

I’m also polishing up Goliath to submit to Athena’s Daughters II. I need to have that sent off by Monday night. It’s almost complete, but I need to do a few rereads and detailed edits.


June has been a month of much progress, and that progress has inspired me to get professional about my writing :) In this month, I have achieved two milestones –

  1. After four months of mulling and seven months of writing, I finished a draft of my first original novel, Paradisa, that is ready for beta reads. Last Saturday, I sent the book out to 7 people, and I’m quite enjoying the feedback process so far! It’s fascinating to hear how different people respond to the story. I’ll probably post a lot about this process over the next month, and progress on Paradisa in general.
  2. I completed a short story for submission to a wonderful anthology, Athena’s Daughters II. This anthology, and its predeccessor, were funded through a massively successful Kickstarter. All stories are about women, by women, and I’m thrilled to submit to it. I might not get in, but it’s certainly worth a shot! (The story is called Goliath, by the way, and is inspired by my time as a NASA intern. I got a very inside look at the space industry during those 10 weeks, including a tour of Space X).

For those who don’t know me, I’m a 22-year-old dye chemist in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve been doing that since I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2013. Filmmaking is probably my first passion, which lends a cinematic/visual approach to my writing style. But, I’ve been writing fiction since I was 6 years old, so it’s still pretty familiar ;) I still have the five “novels” I wrote back then, which I might transcribe here someday for fun.

I’ve also got a lovely boyfriend named Austin, and my biggest fan/best friend Alyssa, who I may talk about on occasion. I frequent a lot of sci-fi conventions like ConCarolinas, Dragon Con, and Star Wars Celebration, and am the co-founder of Charleston’s new AtomaCon! My mom is a 10+ year convention  staff veteran, so I’ve been going to cons since I was 7. I’m really grateful to have been raised in the con community! I wish I could get into cosplay, but the writing takes up too much of my time right now :P

Stay posted, darlings! Thanks for checking out my corner of the internet.