To say that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind would probably be a bit of an understatement and will also account for the fact that it has been a couple of weeks since my lost blog post. “The Girl in the Storm”, my perpetually forth coming debut novel is still very much in the works, (the editing phase contractually begins on June 1st) but that does not mean that I’ve been idle. Far from it. I set a goal for myself near the end of April: to conclude Chapter 6 of the sequel novel, “The Woman in Darkness” and get a firm start on Chapter 7. Four weeks later, the first draft of that novel is now complete. 18 Chapters, 101K words. I may have sacrificed a good night’s rest on more than one evening over the course of those four weeks, but it was completely worth it. Of course, my first self-editing pass may reveal that the exact opposite was true, but that’s the nature of the beast sometimes. (I’m mentally preparing myself to come across that one chapter that gives me pause as I realize, “Crap, I really was sleepy that night”)
The journey to bring this story to life dates back as far as 2013, when I wrote the very first chapter of Genevieve Reidell’s story. The original idea that gave birth to its sequel story dates back even farther than that. (more on that story to come, stay tuned) To be standing here today with one book in the hands of my editor and the second not that far behind is an experience that is surreal to say the last. I had plenty of excuses for not writing, and more missed opportunities than I can count. But at some point if you’re going to pursue something, you have to push aside all the little things that have held you back over the years and make it happen. I honestly believe that it was my decision to return to school that eventually gave me the kick in the ass that I needed. One Writer’s Workshop course at SNHU changed everything. In eight weeks, I went from a half-formed idea to a fully fledged novel. Bottom line: if you give yourself a chance and push yourself to move beyond excuses, you may just be surprised by what happens.
There will always be something more important to do. A better time. A day or a moment when you’ll feel more inspired than you do right now. If you’re not careful, they start to add up and before you know it… your great idea is just that. An idea. My story was “just an idea” for a long time, and if I didn’t push myself hard enough it likely would have stayed that way.
But that’s not the only thing that happened this week. As of the publication of this post I will have officially signed a contract with Indies United Publishing House. I wrestled for a year now with the question of what publication route to pick, and in the end I decided that I wanted my first steps as an author to be on my own terms. I could have toiled away on the traditional route, and that may be where I end up at some point in the future, but for now the path of an independent author is the one that fits best. Of course, that does not necessarily mean that you have to go it alone. And the idea of joining a cooperative of other indie authors was a chance I was eager to explore. I look forward to seeing where the next stage of this journey takes me, and I look forward to sharing with all of you the story that has captivated my imagination for so many years.
If you’re curious at all about what Indies United has to offer you can check them out here, https://www.indiesunited.net/ Sign up for their newsletter, check out the other authors and the books they have to share and keep an eye out for me too. “The Girl in the Storm” will be making its debut towards the end of the year, and you can bet that I’ll be shouting from the rooftops when that day approaches. (digitally and metaphorically speaking, of course, I’m too clumsy to be galivanting on rooftops)
I’ll have more updates to share, more musings to muse and maybe even a few surprises along the way. Stay tuned here and follow me on Facebook too (www.facebook.com/stanfieldchristopher1/)
Stay safe, and don’t worry… I’ll be bothering you again before you know it.