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Yes! This is it!
This is (presumably) what you’ve all been waiting for! An actual update on my writing progress, complete with some information about what exactly it is I’m writing anyway! (Sorry this is so late. Originally I thought I had posted it, but then it turned out I hadn’t. Then I was irrationally nervous about posting it, because, I mean, what if you guys think it’s a stupid idea? Then I was just like, blargh, I’ve got a cold. Now I’m just trying to publish it before I go back to school in a few days.)
Well, let’s see if I can’t shed a bit of light on the subject, mm? Because I think that I can remain vague enough, and that I’m far enough along, that I don’t feel quite so exposed sharing some of my ideas with the world.
Life of Gaia (no connection to Life of Pi, although I can’t be the only person who noticed the similarity, which is why I thought I’d mention it–I haven’t even read that book) is a project that I have been gestating in my brain for a long time… Since, oh, sophomore year of high school? I mean, I have older ideas, but just know that this isn’t a brand new idea by any means. It isn’t what I was writing when I started this website. (Although, full disclosure, Mercenary isn’t even what I was working on when I started it, either!) So where did my interest in writing Life of Gaia come from?
Good question, and if I knew I would tell you. I was just mulling over my hopeless inability to get any writing done connected with Mercenary, despite my looming deadline, and then, for no particular reason, I began to think about this older idea. I hadn’t considered it in a long time–I didn’t even have anything written down about it–but it suddenly seemed like the perfect solution to my lack of motivation. And it must have had something, since I wrote about 10,000 words of it in the first four days. That’s almost more than I had written of Mercenary since July! Though I suppose they’re right–when the muse strikes, she strikes hard.
I thought that maybe that bolt of lightning had gone, but maybe not so much. The other night, while up in the wee hours of the morning and telling myself that I would go to bed–it was right after I’d written a blog post, actually–I got smacked by the writing stick again, and proceeded to write another 5,000 words in one go. I was exhausted, but utterly pleased with myself and my progress. If it hadn’t been for all of the other things I had to get done, I dare say I would have written even more.
So what is it about? Well, I’ll give you a few things to chew on. Life of Gaia is another fantasy story. This probably doesn’t seem strange to you, but fantasy has never really been my go-to genre, so the fact that my two main projects at the moment are in that category just strikes my funny bone.It is set in the (everything is tentatively named) fictional world of Lysaran, where everything has come unbalanced because of the long-reaching plans of a vengeful demi-God. Eramis, the creator of Lysaran, has spent the past thousand years in exile for crimes against the true Gods. In the wake of this threat, however, he has been granted the ability to find the one person who can stop the destruction of his world… Gaia is an orphan who has grown up in the restrictive confines of a monastery, having the same dream every night as long as she can remember. On the day the dream changes, her entire life as she knows it ends. What rises from the ashes will have to save Lysaran, or resign it to the darkness forever.
Well, I think you get the general picture. 🙂
I have my word-count goal as 25,000 on the counter, but I can already tell that the first draft will be much longer than that. Hopefully it will be closer to 50,000 when everything is said and done, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a little less. (I tend to include a lot of unnecessary things when I write, that will theoretically be removed in editing–if I ever get that far!)
At this point, I think the biggest difference I have with Life of Gaia from everything I’ve written up till this point is that I’ve managed to convince myself that it doesn’t matter. (Does that make any sense at all?) I mean, it’s not one of my big, amazing, possibly-award-winning ideas. It’s just something I’m writing that I haven’t thrown a whole lot of hope into. And I think that’s what has finally freed me up to get further with it than anything else. Less pressure, you know? I don’t feel like I have to be on-point 100% with this book, because it isn’t one of my flawless brain children. It’s just… fun? This is an attitude I hope to continue having as I work my way through the project, and even into what comes next. (Fingers crossed.)
As for that, well. That’s probably the biggest question point. I’d never really considered self publishing before… Not because I think there’s anything wrong with it, just because I always figured that wasn’t for me. I was going to write those BIG FANCY IDEAS into books, and then, you know, sell them the traditional-publishing way. But Life of Gaia wasn’t made for that… And yet I still want it to be out there. So, for the first time, I’m starting to really consider the self-publishing route.
I’m not completely clueless about it–a lot of the people whose blogs I follow are going the self-publishing avenue, in varying degrees, which has no doubt been infinitely useful in helping me get an idea of the path I would be on. When I envisioned Gaia I saw a lengthier story, but have it split into six or seven smaller, novella-sized chunks. I would probably just doctor them up the best I could, maybe hire a freelance editor and someone to do a series of covers, then put them up on the mass e-book sites for .99 or 1.99. Nothing majorly pricey. That’s not really the point with these. Maybe, once I got around to finishing the whole series, I would compile them into a book or couple of books that could be purchased through a site like Lulu.com. But this is all just speculating for the future. That’s still so many steps away. But this is the closest I’ve ever been to that future, so I’m kind of excited. 🙂
So! What do you think? I realize it’s not much, but does it sound even the least bit interesting? Any tips for (potential future) self-publishing from veterans? Does this sound like a good idea, or should I give it all up and go into accounting? (My cousin is going to make $22 an hour interning for that. Okay, I don’t write for money, but still, 22$!) Or comment about something completely unrelated! I don’t care! I just like chatter!