Update on My Work

First things first: To the Death‘s sequel, To the End of the Earth, is in it’s third chapter still. Still? Yes, well, I do have classes and other projects, and the third chapter introduces a new POV character, so I’m being very careful with it. Anyway, it’s still very much in progress, and I worked on it a bit yesterday, actually. Third chapter should be done soon.

As far as my novella, which I have tentatively titled Not All that Glimmers Is Gold, I’m about to start my fourth chapter. I’m having fun sprinkling useful information in it that will come up later. It’s not a mystery, but it’s almost like little nuggets of foreshadowing. I’m not really a mystery writer, although I often work with crimes. I prefer working with the perpetrator, not the people solving the crime. Usually my perp gets away with it, too. So I can’t really be a mystery writer. I just don’t have the heart for it.

The exception – because there has to be an exception, of course – is the novel project I think I’m going to make my next Camp NaNoWriMo project, The Pen Is Mightier. Both criminals… the major criminals, that is, are caught. It’s not told from their viewpoints, but mostly from the viewpoint of the victim. Other criminal activities go unpunished, but the big stuff are punished. But it’s not a mystery. There’s no subtlety about what’s happening, trust me. The reader knows. The narrators know. The police know. No mystery at all. It’s more about the psychological impacts of physical and emotional pain, and dealing with that. Or not dealing with it. You’ll have to wait and see! I’ve got a good start on the outline, so when I sit down to write it in June, it should go quickly.

My Victorian novel (which I have yet to name or fully plan) is also getting partially written as I sit in my geology class and try desperately not to fall asleep. I have this thing, I think it’s how my eyes process things, and power point makes me sleepy. I’ve almost fallen asleep almost every week, and caffeine does nothing. I just can’t look at the screen.

I have been spending my time otherwise working on short pieces, including the 100-word story I posted on here. I’ve also sent a piece off to Natalie Cannon that I’ll be hoping to get published in the Scripps College Journal. These short pieces will hopefully be posted in literary magazines and journals.

Ah, that reminds me, still collecting my list of literary journals and magazines I’ll be submitting work to, and their information for you guys. When I’ve finished I’ll put the list on here, no worries (with links!)

Cheers,

C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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