Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to attend a mini-conference with the author of Proof - Jordyn Redwood. She taught the basics of novel structure, which is always good to hear. I really enjoyed her presentation. It was done in a very different way than I've seen before. She was knowledgeable and thorough. Not to mention, it was just plain awesome to meet her and talk books! The mini-conferencing world is completely different for me now that I'm published. No longer do I feel like a desperate wannabe writer. I feel like a peer. Not that anyone ever treated me like I was below them...that was all just in my own head.
I also finished a manuscript that I've been working on since the beginning of the year. Xadrez is my human chess match story...and I love it! I love the pageantry and grandeur that it presents. I can't wait for young people (and adults!) to enjoy it. I pushed myself to finish it last night because Harper Voyager was open to submissions through October 14th, and I thought that would be a great opportunity to get it out there. Sadly, I was too late. They closed the portal before many were expecting them to. But I chalk that up to God's timing, and I give it over to Him.
If you want to check out Xadrez, details are on its own page. I have to admit, it was strange to write outside the Circeae universe. But it also shows me that I have more stories to write. I am so blessed to have been granted this talent. I love being a writer!
UPDATE (10/16): The closing of the Voyager portal was a mistake! They re-opened, and I was able to submit Xadrez! Prayers appreciated!
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