A Hot Minute

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated on my writing…probably because it’s been a hot minute since I’d really had time to write for myself!

Over the past few months, I have been busy with my new full-time job at Solace Theatre, fundraising and producing our second musical. I’m still learning how to find balance in my life, and how to stew up the motivation to write.

I have queried a lot of agents for Polarity, and that has been a big hang up for me with writing. I have had a difficult moving on from Polarity, and I’m ready for it to be out there, out of my hands. That story was written for such a specific chapter in my own life, and I’m ready to close that chapter.

Ready to let go.

So, in order to free myself to use my non-working-time to write and tell stories, rather than feeling the burden to keep querying. I am very proud of Polaris, but I know the next thing I write will be that much better, so I’m ready to move forward.

I won’t be taking a very long time – or spending a lot of money – to get it out, ideally before our next big production in June. I’m currently on my eighth and final pass at the manuscript, and I’m ready to finally share it with you all.

I’ll check back in when I have an update!

xoxo Erin

I Wish I Was Brave

I just wanted to quickly share here one of our new songs from The Faithful Trouadbour Publications. It’s called “Brave” from our newest musical ATLANTIS and is one of my favorite songs we have written so far.

While it’s certainly not this big encouraging song, there is this kind of encouragement in having something that represents you, where ever you are. An encouragement of knowing you’re not the only one who feels that way, to express how you feel when words are hard, to be transparent.

This song is very much a part of me, like much of the music we write, but I hope that it will encourage you to hear it as it has encouraged me to share it. You aren’t alone, you aren’t the only one who feels like they can’t ever measure up, and even though it’s hard to believe sometimes, you are enough.

Wanting To Write Vs. Needing To Edit

There are many exciting things happening that are drawing my attention these days. My husband and I are very close to launching our publishing company and getting Scarlet off the ground and into schools, theatres, and churches everywhere (at least, that is our prayer!). I’m busy prepping for NaNoWriMo by watchingBrandon Sanderson’s lectures on writing and it is very exciting to be seeing my tools for writing grow, as well as my viewpoint as an author. On top of it, I’ve volunteered to get costumes for the Christmas show off the ground and going before November, and still have yet to get our Halloween costumes done for the big party next Friday.

I’m being pulled a lot, but they are all very good things. None-the-less, the time I have left over is less than I am used to, and thus, I’m having to decide how to spend in very carefully.

I am feeling very much ‘in the zone’ to write lately, dispite having much time to do so. Rosi and Milo are in a very fun part of the story, and I’m looking forward to exploring with them. I’m learning to mix my Type A Outlining with the kind of character and story evolution you can only get from discovery writing. I’m excited to see these characters grow, beyond what I’ve even planned most likely, and to get another project completed.

However, The Varken is still sitting in Scrivner, and I haven’t even finished Act I of my final edits yet. It’s getting harder and harder to pull myself out to see the big picture and to push for any big changes. Working on the Book Book, I can so easily see how my writing has grown since writing The Varken, and when I peek at The Keeper, I can see the improvements I have made since then in The Varken. I feel satisfied with the growth I see in The Varken and it feels ‘complete’ in my mind, despite the fact that there are still a lot of little details to work through. I want to give you, my readers, the best product I can, so that you can be immersed into the world of Eviryia once more without grammar mistakes or confusing sentences.

And so, I find myself writing this blog post instead of doing either of those things – writing or editing – in an attempt to figure out which will win in the battle over time.

Luckily, with NaNoWriMo so close, I know that I won’t finish The Book Book before then, and feel more freedom in letting that project be a part of my 50k – maybe even all of it you never know! And so I will push forward in editting with my last hour of freetime today, and I hope that you all are finding time to do the things you want to do, and the things you need to do. And if you can’t do both, just know that there is a time for everything.

I am definitely looking forward to November.