Only a few people who continually follow this blog will know what LC means on headings for posts here, and even they don’t need to know as they were primarily for myself. Essentially though they chart updates on my writing. I’m now indefinitely that banning esoteric acronym for the more descriptive ‘writing update’. Unless I have amnesia.
In regards to my novel I have about 1.5% to complete editing-wise before I roll through the whole thing again from the beginning. I never experienced writer’s block in the project but have suffered from severe editor’s block for about 6 months which is why things have progressed slowly since October. I’m not lying in saying that I have – neurotically – spent an hour obsessing over one sentence quite often. Part of this problem is probably ‘end of project nerves’; it’s as if subconsciously a part of me is scared about finishing it and selling it. Whatever the reason, I’m getting there. I just wish I didn’t have the need to be so anal but I can’t help it in this instance.
In regards to my vitamin D book, I’m actually half way through finishing it after beginning it in January. It’s actually a little shorter than I imagined (a good thing really) but turning out really well. I don’t think it will be hard to edit either; I don’t think non-fiction is as laborious as fiction.
I’ve sent out tons of proposals to publishers and agents (those that accept online submissions) and so far have had some interest that hasn’t blossomed. I’m however as stubborn as Gordon Brown in Downing Street and won’t give up until every agent or publisher who could be interested in my work turns me down. There’s still a lot of hope as many proposals are still not replied to (it can take months) and I’ve now begun sending material by post, and most of the interesting contacts just do not accept online submissions.
I maintain a promise though that if I cannot sell the book, that everything I write will be released in a blog under a Creative Commons license. The reason I am insistent on a book is not actually entirely for profit (though it is partly – we all like some sort of reward), but because a blog doesn’t have a life beyond the screen or a printout. A book can be bought and borrowed in the real world – to share information without turning on any computer. I do most of my reading offline and I imagine that’s still the case in a world where ebook readers and tablet computers are still novelties.
It may seem as though I’m doing nothing further vitamin D wise, but it couldn’t be further from truth. You will see my baby in time – and not too too long.
To sate any info fix though I’d recommend you check out Shine On Scotland which is powered by a 15yr old Glaswegian boy whose mother suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. While I’m just tapping away writing about vitamin D, this young man is – metaphorically – grabbing peoples collars and trying to get something done about the deficiency pandemic.
Joan Shenton is passing my <<D=HIV+ theory to some of her contacts but I’m not holding my breath about that too soon as she’s a busy woman.