Title and tagline for my new book. Does this work? Make you curious? I would love honest feedback, as always. Girl Island is done. It’s edited, been through several sets of eyes, refined over and over. There’s always more to do though, isn’t there? And that’s okay. You have to do the hard work.
I’m awful at posting regular blog posts. I’d prefer to write fiction, the more accessible the better (though I don’t always achieve that). I’ve been thinking on the pursuit of writing longer pieces, and I quite like it. Girl Island is my third novel, not my first. I think the first two are pretty good but they need more work. For one, they’re way too long, even for being fairly epic. But they’re really good stories, with my typical bugnuts characters.
It’s funny how you work on trying to publish your work – that’s a difficult thing. It takes work, and probably a spot of luck. As people say, if you have a good story to tell and you’ve told it well (and it’s marketable), then you have a chance. I think I have a chance. In the meantime, I’m writing like crazy.
Last week, I finished a short story about a WWII submarine captain who pines for his lover as he hurtles to the bottom of the sea bed after failing to torpedo an enemy destroyer. But what he finds down there, at the edge of a deep trench (a real one, to boot!) is something monstrous.
I have another longer story that I’ve written and been holding onto. It’s a fairly controversial one, in my eyes. I think I’ll cut it into a few pieces and publish it on the blog at some point, although it makes me slightly nervous to expose this one. We’ll have to see what you all think about it.
I have started laying out my next larger writing project. It’s the most ambitious thing I’ve tried so far. In order to organize my thoughts, I’ve been using Scrivener, a tool I quite like. It was referred to me by Johnny Crabcakes, with whom I’m hoping to work on a photo-story shortly (when I get my act together). Scrivener really allows me to organize my thoughts, characters, plot points, settings, and notes. I’m definitely a from-the-hip writer for short stories – they just blurt out of me. But for longer pieces, you have to have a roadmap, in my opinion, and Scrivener is super useful for that.
I also owe Arthur Browne a moose-related podcast. Don’t ask. But it’s going to be hilarious. He’s not right in his head, but that’s why I like him. As for someone who is definitely right in his head, I need to read and post a review of The Irrepairable Past, a novella by Mark Paxson. Really can’t wait to do that – just need to make time.
I also joined Twitter. It’s kind of addictive. I’m @trent_lewin, if you want to check it out. I’m also going to start using my long dormant Wattpad account.
That’s it from me. Hope all of you are well. If you haven’t had a chance to look at A MOMENT FOR DREW RAMOS, just peer back through the last few blog entries. That story is near and dear to my heart.