Let’s start this with a down note. I am so far from my writing goal it’s approaching depression. When I started this most recent count down I expected to speak about the three novella’s about to be published on Amazon and other online retailers. I have been working diligently to get the first novella done, but I’m still plugging through the developmental edits.
Folks, it’s going to be a while before my foray into the world of indie publishing. In fact, I’ve already stepped down at work, only working two shifts per week now. So when this novella is finished I need to polish up some of my short stories and see if I can supplement the family income – at least enough to afford editing on the rest of the novellas.
So, here we go again, the clock is going to be reset. I’m not sure when, but it will be an accurate time frame. Of course I will also be looking into the optimum time to release new work as a previously unpublished author, this will play into my decision making process as well.
You’re not here for this though. If you’re reading and have been waiting for the count down pay off, well without any further adieu.
Last night I received the Percy Jane First Novel Award. That may not sound familiar to those not living in Newfoundland, so let me explain. It’s an award offered by Arts & Letters NL – a branch of the provincial government. It is open to writers all over the province and is awarded by the Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.
Provincially, this is a major literary award.
Therein lies the part that blows me away the most. When I was told I won, I didn’t believe it. I wrote a straight urban fantasy piece. Pure, unrepentant genre fiction. My story is not a literary piece with unlimited subtext and dozens of internalized messages left to interpretation for the reader. It’s a fictional St. John’s (Named Janus) where monsters really exist.
Even the judicator seemed visibly surprised she ended up selecting a genre piece to win the honor. This is the biggest compliment and boost to confidence I could ever receive on a provincial scope.
Also, it’s awesome that I already have an almost finished product I can write “Award Winning Novel” on the cover when I publish. heh.
An except of my novel Waking Ambrose is hung in the Rooms as part of the Arts & Letters exhibit. If I achieve nothing else with my writing, this alone will serve as a milestone.
Pictures from last night has reinforced my need to get healthy. Clear pictures where my torso makes the podium (and my parents) look so tiny gave me some insight into how the world actually sees me.
But that’s a story for another day, and another blog.
For now, well, back to work. These novellas are not going to write themselves.
Thank you to everyone who has been there fore me, and helped me along the way so far. Whether you’re someone I know in real life, a friend living abroad, or even a podcaster giving me advice as I try and navigate the indie world of publishing…. Thank You.