I am excitedly preparing to begin writing my next novel, despite a roller coaster up and down with the Bipolar the past few weeks. It's been a rare week of flying high at points (due to great news coming in from the Universe, wonderful people, and all points on the compass about UPON A TIME; but more on that another day) then crashing, then landing on what I am calling the 'down side of up'.
My doctors call it a 'mixed state'. And they are a nightmare.
But I don't want to talk about that today.
I want to talk about my new project, the first draft of which I aim to write in November. It is called WISHING CROSS STATION.
The story is taking shape in my head, and the characters have already moved into my heart and staked their claim. I realize the idea started weeks ago with a painting I did on a whim:
|Girl in Hat and Scarf 11X17 acrylic on canvas|
I decided to paint her at the station but first, I ended up painting this:
|The Train (great original title, I know. I'm tired this week...LOL)|
Finally came the last painting: and the name of the station was as clear in my head as day: Wishing Cross Station. Instantly, I knew I had my new book title and setting.
|WISHING CROSS STATION by February Grace 11X17 acrylic on canvas 10/14|
I've started jotting down my character profiles (the girl in question has informed me that her name is Marigold. I tried suggesting to her that it might be Magnolia, she replied, basically, 'nothing doing'. As I've said before, for me writing is less creating characters than it is being introduced to them and getting to know them so I can tell their story.)
I'm so excited about this project, I can't wait to get started. Since I am participating in NaNoWriMo again this year after sitting last year out for medical reasons (I won't bog down the blog with posts about it, worry not, those who do not participate-- and if you do participate and would like tips/pep talks from me just find me on Twitter! Always happy to offer an encouraging word) I won't start writing the actual prose until November 1. I will, however, continue to do a bit of note taking and idea catching. I don't outline, it's just not me. But I will hopefully, by the time I begin, know where to start on the path to the ultimate destination.
|My WISHING CROSS STATION inspiration board is taking shape!|
A quick word about UPON A TIME before I go...I want to blog soon about why the characters in this book mean so much to me, but for now let me say that it very much has to do with overcoming physical disabilities/challenges and/or being judged by your appearance and what other people perceive your limits to be. It's something that I feel very strongly about, and I wanted to take the classic fairytale notion that beauty always equals good and turn it on its head.
I've also managed to write a fairytale retelling without any magical elements in it this time. Yep, you read that right.
The magic in UPON A TIME lies in the hearts of its heroes, and I just cannot wait to share it with you in December.
There is talk of perhaps serializing it on Wattpad at the beginning instead of just the whole book appearing there-- I will keep you posted. I am still working out the finer points with the wonderful folks at Wattpad. I really can't thank them enough for their support of my writing, from GODSPEED on, and I am so thrilled about putting this new book up there for you all to enjoy without barriers or boundaries in getting to it.
I hope you're having a good, happy week.