Seven Things I’ll Be Doing In April
1. Breaking Story For An Ongoing
I am working with an Eisner nominated publisher in bringing a new ongoing series to life. The high concept is golden, I dig the main characters, and now we work on breaking the story. A series bible is being assembled and soon I’ll be sinking my teeth into making it my own.
So far, I’ve been researching location and just steeping my mind in the world and my thoughts of it. Feeling very good about it.
2. Reading An Actual Novel
That’s right, I’ll be getting back to paper. Will be heading off with wife and child and so am packing one novel for the trip. That book? Duane Swierczynski’s HELL & GONE. Cannot wait.
I’ll also have COSMOPOLIS on my iPad and THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH as an audio book. It’s nice to be able to catch up on some reading.
3. Pitching My Baby
A LOVE SUPREME is pretty much ready. Just waiting for the pitch document to be created by the ever amazing Matt Battaglia and then I’ll start sending it out the door. This is the book I guaranteed would get picked up, so, no pressure. I really feel this one is golden and cannot wait to get it into some editor’s hands.
4. Submitting My Novel
A publisher is very keen on You Must Remember This and so I’ve been editing the manuscript. I plan to be finished by the end of next week, if not sooner. I’m excited to send this one out but am also extremely nervous. I know I like it but I’m a massive RKL fan, so hopefully the publisher likes the extended view they get.
5. Watching Some TV
Due to editing the novel, and everything on the side, I’ve been forgoing most other forms of active input. I give myself maybe an issue or two of a comic at night — not the ones I have to read for reviews — and I watch minimal TV with the wife. Once I get the novel out the door, I will feel a gratuitous weight lift off these shoulders and I plan on celebrating by catching up with a few of these: Justified, Ultimate Spider-Man, Awake. That’s probably a reasonable and realistic set list for now.
6. Catching Up On Podcasts
Listening to an audio book takes a good fortnight, or so. As such, I am watching some podcasts bank up and it’s actually good because it’s making me realize which ones I can’t wait to catch up on, and it’s also showing which ones I don’t mind missing out on. It’s like a war of attrition and only the best survive. There is definitely stuff here I’m keen on loading up and getting into — lots of process talk from the people I admire.
7. Enjoying More Productive Time
Most of April is taken up with holidays from work. 16 glorious days where my schedule is suddenly drastically different. These are the times of the year I pounce on and get loads of work done. I’ll be working on plenty of the above stuff but also working some other deals and fun. The wife is kind enough to negotiate time during the day for me to get my groove on and otherwise it means I get more husband time, more father time, and more writing time. I love my holidays.
This will be my April. What will you be doing?
Posted on April 7th, 2012 by ryan
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