Phew! And I almost missed it again! This week's confession: Dear Blog, it's been two weeks since I last thought of you...
But alas, I am abuzz with energy to write my first post of the year for ISWG, hosted by the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh. So...what to write, what to write. The post is on our insecurities and I have a few big ones. I just finished my novel, SNOW DOLLS over the break. And I couldn't be more proud. But there is so much more work left and it seems that it won't really ever end. There is research to be done on the agents I want to query, the query itself, the synopsis, and of course a few more rounds of editing before I even begin querying. I guess the insecurity is more or less just plain old fear for the mountain of work still ahead.
I'll approach it as I have all the other tasks: taking it one at a time. :)
Here's a portion of my query draft for those curious to learn more about SNOW DOLLS. Still a work-in-progress, more tweaking needed to tighten and strengthen it a bit. Any suggestions are more than welcome!
If the concept of Stepford Wives became a religion in another time and place, this is what it might look like.
Illumera is an idyllic, prosperous utopia. A far cry from the slum it had once been before Emperor Sinmitar Blackwood took the throne almost seventy-five years ago. Sustained by their faith and traditions, Illumerians continue the practice of Purification to safeguard their wealth. To do so, every woman over the age of sixteen is purified, their future set upon two possible outcomes: to be transformed into a doll, a forever-happy servant of the Gods, or to be made into a surrogate, mother’s to the children of Illumera.
SNOW DOLLS follows the adventure of three young lives and the challenges of living in a world of dolls. Enna is seventeen and a stringless. In a moment of panic and fear, Enna takes the cowards way and fakes her Purification ceremony, stealing her doll-markings to complete her ruse. A year later and her lies are finally catching up to her. Seoryl is the General’s son. His fortune offers him the privilege of owning a very special doll, a Snow Doll--secret dolls that exist to please their masters in every way. But an unfortunate thing happens when he selects his future Snow Doll: he falls in love with her, presenting a problem that might expose the well-kept secret of the underworld lying quietly beneath Illumera. Prince Sin was named after his grandfather and is first in line to the throne. The kingdom is flourishing but even more so when he becomes emperor. He promises three dolls to every man. But will he still feel the same when a certain stringless unveils the darker side of Illumera’s precious tradition?
Did you have a good New Years? Big hugs to you all. Missed you guys! And the cats say hello too!
|I think he knows he's a pretty cat.|
|Happy found a squirrel!|
|Check out this mountain lion who was so chill! JK, it's not a mountain lion. Please don't go off in search of one thinking they will allow you take selfies... :)|