Plan for this year.
I need to preface what I'm about to say that I will finish the archive because I want too. However, do know that I fell utterly defeated right as a writer.
I don't feel very good about web serials. I wanted to be done with it. Though, I want to publish something on some level. However, self-publishing is just out of reach for me. I need an editor, I don't have editor money. Traditional publishing is something I don't want to mess with right now. However, I do know I need to get out of the stale state I've been in. And that is fully leaving Royal Road. I don't know how long Hy'Ruh-Ha and Crossroads will remain on there. When its Dark will be removed in March. Eventually, the revised version will be added here. The reason I want to remove everything is because, well, I don't like leaving my work on a place I'm not going to be active on. My work is just stagnating on there anyway.
So Why not write a new novel and put it on there? Well, because I doubt it'll preform well on there.
Yes, there is a new novel in the works. It currently has writing priority because I need a break from writing stories on the Archive. Not to mention, I'm going to be done writing that faster than I would Eroden. I may have to restart it from scratch. I'm not sure yet. I need to re-read what I've written to determine that.
So what is it?
I call it fantasy romance. I've been wanting to write a good one for years now. But, you know me, I can't follow convention. The new novel is written in the same style as the Archive. The conflict in the story is personal and low stakes. The entire story is about growing and healing. It's not nearly as bittersweet though.
It's a portal fantasy about a woman who run away from a fatal tragedy and meet a being from the "Unknown." He offers a chance to recuperate and once freed, she finds out she is more than what she believes she is. However, this new-found part of her is turning her into ice.
I don't know what to do with this one. I'm hesitant on doing another serial because it doesn't feel like people want to read the same things I want to. At this moment, in traditional publishing, it feels as if I have to be already published or have some sort of platform already that makes it easier for them to make money.
Self-publish is saturated all the heck.
Web serial seems to only exist with a binary audience that wants two forms of wishfulfilment. Power fantasy or romance with CEOs and mafia bosses. I'm not either of those things.
So yeah. I just feel defeated. I don't know what to do at this point other than just writing. Also, sorry, no books. I am reading, it'll be a bit until I can talk about reading things.
Greeting, welcome to February, 2023. I originally wrote part of this in December. Then January, and now I finally get to add to it. The official start of winter has passed. January and my birthday have passed. Why haven't I updated this? Well because I've spent most of winter sick. Let's just say that I was ill for Thanksgiving with a stomach bug and the days following. And then I caught whatever upper respiratory nonsense my hubby caught. So for the entire month of December and two weeks into January, I was sick with some upper respiratory nonsense that I like to call the upper respiratory tour. Basically, I felt like I was traveling through all the upper respiratory infections I had over my lifetime. Ranging from the flu to strep throat. I didn't have much time for anything other than feeling miserable.
My birthday meal was made moot because I was still sick then. My sense of taste was in and out. And eating as a foodie I am was unenjoyable to say the least.
By the time New Years came, I found myself reflecting on 2022. And it's been frustrating. It ended with me realizing that I'm never going to be able to afford editing. I ended up getting a quote mind you for just an assessment on what kind of editing would be best for Hy'Ruh-ha and that alone cost $1000+. This is just an assessment. Not actual editing. Editing will still be $1000+ so I would end up paying out $2000+ for a novel that I don't exactly want to sell and will probably never pay that money back. I just want to make nice. So that's out of my plans.