Last week I looked back on 2015 and what it meant to me. This week I’m looking forward into the giddy future of 2016. This year I’m writing more (or at least trying to) than in previous years. I’m slowly moving away from producing animation and focusing more and more on putting words into some sort of cohesive order. So here’s my plan for the year (in order to keep some sort of mystery and make this feel far more important than it actually is I’ve given my work code names):
I’ve blogged lots about this one already. It’s a completed novel and is now in the hands of my capable agent Juliet Mushens. With luck I’m hoping we’ll get this placed with the right publisher, then the process of editing will begin in earnest. Publishing is a slow-moving hamster, so even if I do get lucky and this is picked up in the next couple of months I wouldn’t expect it to see the light of a bookshop until some time in 2017.
I’m currently working on the second draft of this one. It’s a fun children’s fantasy story that could potentially lead to a series of books (but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!)
I’m also working on some illustrations to go with this. I’m hopeful I can get the second draft finished by February, then it’ll go to my beta readers and my agent for feedback, with the hope of submitting to publishers in the spring.
Readers of Sorrowline and Timesmith will recognise the name of this particular project. This is the third and final book in the Timesmith Chronicles series. This is in the first stages of development but I’m keen to get it completed by the summer. I’m really excited to finish the story, and I’m hoping to do something quite special with how it’s published.
This is my next planned YA novel. Right now it’s nothing more than a bunch of scribbled notes and ideas rattling round my head. Once I’ve planned out the full story I’m hoping to start work on this in the Autumn. Of course that could easily change depending on what happens with my other work, so don’t hold me to this, all right?
As well as novel writing I want to get back into doing some screen-writing. I’ve an idea for a feature film which I’m keen to get down on paper when I can. So, quite ambitious plans, which will almost certainly have to change and evolve as the year unfolds, but it’s good to have goals to shoot for.