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March is only halfway complete and it has already been quite eventful. I took a week of vacation and headed to Dallas for a Writing Enchanting Prose class with David Farland. It was educational, fantastic, fun, and a little terrifying. I met many excellent people and can’t wait to see them again at some future writing event. You can read all about my trip here. Better yet, you can attend a class yourself and enjoy your own little epic trip!

Where does this put me on The Plan? Oddly, still on schedule. I still don’t know what I’m doing but it seems to be chugging along anyway. I’m working on my third draft and am applying all the lessons learned last week. Hopefully, it makes for a better story; I know it makes for more words!

I am pleased with my story overall, even if I do want to work on the prose. I think there’s a good plot, interesting setting elements, and fun characters. That doesn’t mean any of those things are true, but I think them anyway. We’ll have to see when the novel is finished and I try to find an agent or editor.

Regardless, my second novel idea is building momentum in my head. When my ideas ran dry at the end of the writing class, I set aside my current project and wrote the first several pages of that novel. It seemed to get better feedback than my current novel’s scenes I read aloud, but that could be because I wrote it at the end of the week after all the instruction! I’m still having fun thinking about both stories and enjoy revising my current draft.

I do wish I could go faster. There’s this thing I have and I want to share, but I know it isn’t ripe yet. Patience is difficult.

Just for fun, I wrote a short story for the local writing guild’s competition this month. I don’t know if I’ve ever written a short story, so we’ll add it to the list of things I don’t know how to do. My writing group thought it was decent though so I’ve sent it in this weekend. I’ll post it here once the contest is done.

Even with the travel and all the writing, I’m ahead of the target for my 2018 reading challenge of 60 books. This week, I read The Armored Saint by Myke Cole and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, which puts me up to 14. Though some apparently want to label the latter Young Adult, I didn’t find it in that section and I wouldn’t identify either for a YA audience. I’m not sure I would have picked it up if it had been in YA as I’ve been disappointed in the YA fantasy I’ve tried lately. Any recommendations for YA fantasy, readers?

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