Hi friends! It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been in Big Sur writing for almost five months. It (perhaps obviously) hasn’t always been an easy process, but I think I’m making good progress. After getting lots of questions about what exactly I’m writing, I thought it’s time to share a bit more about my WIP with you. I’m still struggling to find the right title, but for now I’m calling it DREAM VOYAGES. Here’s a short set up:
Fifteen-year-old Riley desperately wants to move back in with her dad in California, but anywhere would be better than the freezing New England town where her mom just moved. She doesn’t expect her anywhere to be Somnus: a planet where dreams don’t just come true, they are true. On Somnus teenage girls travel to other planets through their dreams, gathering the intelligence and information that’s made their planet a technological and military super power.
Riley finds her escape through dream meetings with Aris, a dream traveler and the daughter of Somnus’s leader. When Somnian government officials find out the dreams begin taking place on Somnus instead of Earth, they threaten to stop Aris from dreaming. The girls attempt to discover the purpose of their dream voyages, but the information they find, along with two inconvenient crushes, threatens their friendship and the political systems of Riley’s high school and Aris’s planet.
So yeah…hopefully you’ll be able to buy it in a bookstore someday or download it on an e-reader. I know I still have a long long long road ahead of me (unless I get hit by a bus or something) but I’m excited.
In other exciting writing/life news:
1.) I’ve become a submissions intern at Month9Books, a small publishing house that publishes speculative fiction. I’m reading submissions and rating them for the editors. Not only is it fun, but I think it is definitely improving my writing.
2.) I’ve been accepted to join the 17th annual Big Sur Writing Workshop, which focuses on creating books for children and young adults. I’m beyond thrilled learn from industry professionals and meet other writers. This is definitely a huge motivator in getting DREAM VOYAGES spick and span and ready to go by December.
3.) I’ve joined the Central Coast Writers Group. I’ve been to two meetings, both hilarious. Big Sur couldn’t be a more beautiful and inspiring place to write, but it has been kind of isolating. It’s invigorating to be around other writers with so much experience.
That’s pretty much it for me. What’s new in your life or your writing?