I just got back from a very nice solitary lunch at Noshville, an ‘Authentic New York’ Delicatessen, in Nashville, TN. I’ve decided that I should go out for brunch/lunch every once and a while, by myself. I won’t do it every week, as to not spend too much money on it. Now that I have a sort of part-time job and get a steady paycheck every two weeks, I can finally afford to go out every once and a while, and just grab a little something to eat.
I got a little work done on my query letter and one to two page synopsis for AMM Round 4 (Submission window opens next week, on the 16th!), tweaking the synopsis now that I’ve changed the overall idea of the book while revising. My query is pretty much polished, but needs one last read through for grammar mistakes. I’m planning on running my query, synopsis, and fifty page submission excerpt through Grammarly, which is an awesome program/website that helps correct grammar for pretty much any kind of Doc., like a manuscript, essay, paper, letter, etc.
I’ve been using it in college, for my English class, to correct my atrocious grammar, as it’s been approved for use by my professor, so it’s teacher approved! It’s super easy to use, with two versions; the free version and the premium version, with different subscriptions.
I use the free version, mostly because I don’t need the advanced tool set for college papers, just yet. The premium version shows you more advanced issues with the docs. you upload. I’m thinking of asking my parents to pay for the advanced version for me, not only for my personal writing, but also for my academic writing.
Other than that, I’m sort of low key working on revising the project I entered into AMM Round 3 with (didn’t get paired with a mentor), The Daughter of Cerridwen. I posted multiple, consistent updates as I took the book from the drafting stage, all the way to a seventh draft. I soon thereafter put out the call for betas and the wonderful, talented Gwen C. Katz, author of the equally fantastic Among The Red Stars, responded!
She did a super in-depth and very helpful line edit on the project, and made TDoC even better! I’m so grateful to her for the work she put into TDoC and the help she gave me. The Daughter of Cerridwen is so much better, plot, character, and writing-wise because of her and couldn’t be more grateful to her.
I’ve also begun plotting/outlining two new/old projects from a couple of years ago, and couldn’t be more excited about it. There will be more information on those soon, so stay tuned for that! The first is a redo on an old project, about three triplet monarchs who are, plot twists, the villain/antagonists of the story, though they themselves aren’t aware of this.
The second project is a redo of another old project, that’s sort of Anna Karenina meets Romeo and Juliet, tentatively titled The Empress of Valera. It’s kind of a YA Sci-Fi + High Fantasy, that’s partially set in space, on multiple planets. More on both soon!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next update!