My month of June did not go as planned.
Frequent guests to this blog and my social pages might have noticed my peculiar lack of presence. This is directly related to “BIG MAIN GOAL number two- which I came far too close to failing at this month. But the fact that I’m here now means I intend to keep plucking away at it.
I did manage to get my votes in for #WRiTECLUB2015.
(Okay, I missed one round.) They seem to be doing well over there. I’m not sure what the rules are about discussing people who didn’t make the top forty cut. However, I know someone who entered (not me) who did not make it, but who has now (since she knows she didn’t make the contest cut) sent her short story out to someone. And it resulted in her getting hired for a ghostwriting gig. I am very proud of that person. Way to go! A Proper celebration to follow.
MAKING A LEPER
I’m not sure if I did anything, in particular, to support diverse books this month.
I believe the fantasy I’m working on writing has diversity in it (the MC is a young albino female, a large chunk of the cast has darker shades of skin, and I’ve taken both straight and LBGTQ to a whole other level).
But the social media news seems to have taken an anti-rape-scenes turn. Honestly, there is one, sort of, in the story. Based on the complaints I’m reading about such scenes, I don’t think I’ve crossed into what people hate about them. The MC doesn’t just survive it. The scene changes her; it forces her to embrace the life she’s always wanted, the one she was always meant to have. It gives her a real reason to become a heroine, not just the relatively cheesy one she had before. She goes from feeling like taking her place maybe isn’t right, to demanding that she has her place because now she has a cause. Plus, she kills the guy while he’s doing it.
I did notice that one complaint the social media news had about rape scenes is that they only happen to women. While, yes, I only ever intended there to be one actual scene, the book does imply that this isn’t only happening to women. It’s a new crime on this world, and it’s happening in several places to all sorts of genders and species.
The reason it’s happening on this fantasy world is that it changes those who commit the foul act. They get a new power, but it comes with a hefty price. The MC isn’t aware of any of that at the time. When she finds out, she vows to put an end to it. To hunt each and every one of them down and rid her world of this evil.
So yes, it’s possible that the news controversy is going to kill my book’s chance. I’ve just created the newest leper!
On the other hand, the book isn’t all about that. There are other events going on. Really, it’s more about the MC’s desire and demand for choices. Yes, that one choice is taken from her. But throughout the whole book we see how she reacts to choices being taken from her. So her reaction isn’t a surprise. My aim was that readers would get the idea of what’s happening in the scene and think something like…
Okay, that’s enough of my going on. Here are my current goals and review of goals from the past, in the list format to which I normally adhere.
The BIG MAIN GOALS:
- Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
- Survive at least another 40 years
- Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4398 — up 8 from last month
- Update / redo what-are-they.com (Done!)
- Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
- Support Diverse Books
- Four Reading Challenges
- After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there
Goals for July:
- Work on my fantasy novel for CAMPNANOWRIMO
- Comment on at least 12 blogs
- Finish reading and reviewing 2 books
- Catch up on the 3 reviews from last month’s books
- Vote for a 500-word story every weekday until it’s over at Write Club
Review of Goals for June:
- Make at least 10 stops on the A to Z Challenge Roadtrip
- Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel
- Keep up with Twitter follows
- Tweet for #WriterWednesday #WW
- Finish reading and reviewing 3 books
- Vote for a 500-word story every weekday over at Write Club
I managed zero stops at any blog in June. I made a few notes for the novel, and tried a new beginning. (Over at WeBook’s PAGE TO FAME, my old opening is scoring a 58%, and the new one is getting at 33%. Obviously, I need to try another approach.) I barely managed to do anything on Twitter that wasn’t pre-scheduled. There was a nice tweet that sums me up well though:
— Basil S. Kelvin (@authorbasil) June 24, 2015
I did finish a book, and nearly finish some others, but I haven’t sat down to write a review. I got my votes in at Write club, except for ELIMINATION BOUT #3. (Whoops. Sorry.) So basically, I’ll just be taking a FAIL for the whole month. But hey, I managed to survive, and that’s one of the BIG MAIN GOALS, so it’s okay.