Well, I’m off to a good start! I don’t have any novels in the works, per se, but I’m keeping to the spirit of the thing by working on my short stories and Volume 2 of The Sisters Grimmoire. There’s also that other witchy book I have on the back burner, and I’ll go to that if inspo for the other stuff fails me.
Day One and I’m going back over the Lang Fairy Books to help fill in the gaps for the incomplete sections. I can proudly say that all eight sections now have at least 10 spells apiece. If I complete a dozen per section as planned, that will put the total over the target of 100 spells for the whole book. (Told you it was going to be bigger than Volume 1!)
I jotted down half a dozen new ideas this morning, and I’m going to spend tonight trying to flesh out the ideas that I already have. Here’s hoping that a bit of daily exercise will help me get these books finished!
ONE HUNDRED SPELLS!
It took some finagling, but I’ve managed it! Curatives and Restoration still need one more spell apiece to complete the dozen-per-section goal I set for myself, but everything else is full and the other 100-spell goal has been reached.
Including one relationship-restoration kitchen witchery spell for whose title I should be thoroughly smacked. It’s based on The Dirty Shepherdess (from whence comes the line “I love you as [I love] the salt in my food”) and I cacklingly call it “Seasonings of Love.”
-smiles big- You may all commence the smacking.
So now, I have to work on writing the spells out long-form and detailing the necessary steps. Some of them will doubtless require reworking, and some will probably be thrown out altogether and replaced with new ones, if my experience with Volume 1 is anything to go by.
I’ll probably have to break things up with short fiction work, but hey, writing is writing!
I’ve also changed up how I’m addressing the writing process. I’ve moved from my usual comfy spot on the couch to my office, which has sat mostly unused since I lost my job. The living room is always full of distractions, usually from husband’s video games or kitty shenanigans, and being at an actual DESK puts me more firmly into Work Mode.
So, thank you, Mr. Gaiman, for the pro-tip on treating creative writing like it’s your JOB. It’s good sound advice and I can already see the difference.
Not a bad start to the month. Here’s hoping I can keep up that momentum!