So, it's all been quiet on the Sparge front. I've been attempting to keep busy though. Recently I had to do a lot of work on editing one of the short stories that's going up for publication. That was a lot of work, it needed some real hard polishing, but I'm happy with how it looked at the end.
I've also, as a novelty, been on holiday and I've also been very busy legally changing my name, which, if you know me IRL is to bring me more in line with my official Spargo branding. Changing your name takes up a hell of a lot of time, just like editing that story, especially when your computer decides to throw a tantrum. Or several tantrums.
Something nice happened to me recently as well. I won a copy of Ren Warom's Escapology in a Twitter competition. A lovely surprise and I would definitely recommend Escapology if you want a fast-paced cyberpunk thriller.
On the writing front, I'm still working on a short story that has been ballooning in size. I really thought I'd be done with it over a month ago, but holiday, real life admin, and its bloated size keep stopping that from happening. It is very nearly complete though, so I'll probably have it finished before the end of the decade.
I'm also looking at a couple of other short stories to get out of my little brain and fling them out into the real world. All this means I keep distracting myself from working on Zora's Remorse, and the arduous task of finishing the second draft, which is essentially inserting a whole load of stuff that needed to be in the first draft. It's a slog, but it must be done. As long as I don't get distracted again.
And speaking of that, I had a new cyberpunk novel idea come to me, really excited about this one. So I'm going to, every now and then, do some planning on it, get a good strong outline sorted. I have the first act pretty much fully fleshed out right now, but I want to start writing it with more of a plan than on my previous two novels (to avoid this second draft slog again). My plan is to keep working on the outline (along with the outline to my space book) and then write one of them up over NaNoWriMo. But, importantly, I can only do this if I've finished the third draft of Zora's Remorse. Gotta have deadlines, get that brain into gear. It's one of the pitfalls of being self-employed and also not at the stage of having an agent or an editor that I might be letting down with lateness. As soon as there's some guilt or shame, I am efficient as all hell. Right now, it's only myself I'm letting down, and it's a lot easier to do that.