Been a while since I posted here. Bertie and Jack are now a (much tidier and a bit shorter) second draft.
I haven't been posting because I've been busy. Feeling a bit stressed, actually. There's quite a lot to do in the next few months, and it's starting to pile up.
UK Meet is approaching, and I need to get the story ready for release on the USB stick pretty soon. It's done, it needs another pass (or two) then editing and so on. And also cover art, probably.
I am all excited about New Smut Project
's anthologies, and have a concrete idea for the 50 Shades of Negotiation one (I've been brainstorming all day); and a bunny for the character-driven one.
But then there's Your Undoubted King, and the chance to pitch it at UK Meet, and so I feel like I should dive back into that soon, but there's just so little TIME. Curse my need for a full-time job. *shakes fist*
Factoring in a week for the completion of the short story (which may be too much?) several weeks for the anthology submissions that's bringing me close to the June deadline - and I have no earthly idea how long the next draft of Your Undoubted King will take. Because there are publishers taking pitches there, and I feel like I should at least have the next pass done to be sure it's working okay before I pitch to them. (if not the whole thing FINISHED).
I suppose the easiest way to approach it would be this: tonight, dump all of YUK (oh what an unfortunate acronym) into a google doc, and also send it to pipsytip and beg some other people to give me some feedback. While they're reading the monstrosity, work on the short story (and be QUICK), also the Negotiation anthology for sure. I'd like to submit to both, but I think one might be all I can aim for unless I want to drive myself insane. Then once that's done, work on YUK draft 3.
If that goes much much quicker than draft 2 and I have time to write something for the Character-Driven anthology then awesome! If I don't, at least I won't have driven myself mad by putting too much pressure on myself.
I might go mad ANYWAY, or madder, but I think it's the best plan.