The Accidental Writer

“That’s good, dear. So, what are you writing?”

“A novel, well, maybe a novella. It depends how many words I get down and when I feel the story’s ended. Or maybe when I think the first instalment ends. I don’t know if there will be a sequel. It might be a trilogy.”

“You sound confused, dear.”

(From Life in the ‘Cosm)

I wrote these words from Chapter 2 of my first novel, Life in the ‘Cosm, as a reflection of what I was thinking at the time. I wasn’t sure if I was going to complete a novella, novel, trilogy, or series. This project was supposed to be just for kicks. Well, it was crazy fun, and it became fantasy novel. Whoo-hoo!

The way the story ends provoked me to begin a second book. Not a sequel, but another story with a new protagonist. When the last chapter of that story came to me right away, I realized a third instalment was in order. I also gots an idea for a prequel novella. Holy cow, I think I have the rest of my 40s and some of my 50s booked. (There’s a pun in there somewhere.)

I never intended to write a novel when I started. It was an accident. The second story was also an accident. And coming up with an idea for a third and so on, well, you get the picture.

Only about six people in the world have read Life in the ‘Cosm as beta readers, so the rest of you have no idea what I’m on about. Heck, I’ve not even published the first story. Who is this Cait person who claims she’s a writer anyway?

Hopefully, I’ll look back on this blog post and laugh, after I’ve had several novels published. Dream big or go home, I always say.

In about a week I’ll start preparing my draft of Life in the ‘Cosm to be submitted to publishers and agents. Figure I hafta try or else I’ll hate myself for never trying. Self-publishing is always an option. But first, the wind-up and the pitch!

(Please let me score a home run. Mama wants to hold a book in her hands.)

Now please excuse me while I accidentally write some more.


Cait Gordon has been a senior technical writer for high tech and government organizations. Her first novel is with beta readers and she’s accidentally writing her second in the series. She didn’t know there would be a series. Huh.

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