Exciting News + Writing Updates

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

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I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. πŸ˜€

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

*Drumroll please*

….

….

I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. πŸ˜€

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Open

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Have you been doing much writing lately?

12 thoughts on “Exciting News + Writing Updates

  1. I have some writing updates:

    Tale of the Cattail Forest is almost done with its fifth draft (which may or not be the final draft)

    This year, I finally started writing Lizzy the Lizard- that one can be difficult. How can you fit an entire book in a picture book?

    In addition- the characters in Greatest Discovery are more developed

    Author and character relationship is extremely special. The characters you create feel like your children in way: if that makes sense?

    Off of writing updates:

    I recently started reading a new series: Shades of Magic. Now on the 2nd book

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS THAT IS SO COOL YOU’RE AN INTERN FOR KINGDOM PEN! πŸ˜€ Congrats! And I loved reading this update about your life/writing life. I’m so glad you’re going back to TSFI; I still really love those characters. πŸ˜‰ ❀

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  3. Yay! That’s all so exciting! Congratulations.

    I’m getting ready to publish one of my WIPs (internally freaking out) and I’m editing an old project that I would REALLY like to polish enough to publish.

    Oh my gosh, I’m the same way with the characters in my old WIP – they’re all younger than me. WHY?? πŸ˜‚

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  4. Congratulations on the internship, Chelsea! It sounds like such an awesome opportunity for you! πŸ˜„ It was so great to hear about what you’ve been working on with your WIPs! I can definitely relate to starting a story from scratch on a new draft and I hope everything goes well with The Stars Fill Infinity and your other projects! Recently, I’ve been working on Clemency and have made more progress on this new draft than I have on any other draft over the past few years so I’m pretty excited about that! I definitely related to what you said about getting older than most of your characters… I’ve started to hit that point with Clemency, as well! I’m not quite older than any of them yet, but I’m about the same age as Julien and DanaΓ© at this point, and that’s not something I ever really thought of happening when I started writing them up! πŸ˜‚
    Best wishes to you and your family!

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  5. Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
    It’s great to hear that you’ve been working on Clemency lately. I hope its going well.
    From these comments it seems like a lot of people relate to my weird feelings about finally being older than most of my characters! And I’m just the age of all my oldest characters, which is so strange!

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