Okay, I’m done. But don’t worry—I’m happy about it.

 

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ID: White speech bubble against a brown and turquoise background. Text reads: Guess what? I’m done! But it’s totally cool.

I just this evening had a BOIIIING moment. I’m done with writing for 2018.

And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. It’s been a great year for me. A Night at the Rabbit Hole was published in the Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland anthology, and I got to hang with some awesome authors. The Hilltop Gathering will be published this or next month in the We Shall Be Monsters anthology, which led me to be on a great Frankenstein panel at Can-Con 2018. And after writing my wee buns off, The Stealth Lovers (the prequel to Life in the ’Cosm) was accepted for publication by Renaissance.

This Spoonie would like to rest on her laurels for a little while and maybe not rigidly plan any writing activities for 2019. What I do, I do. Plus, I’ll be busy co-editing Nothing Without Us with my BFF Talia C. Johnson and continuing to edit great stories by my clients.

I need some unstructured play right now.

So, I’m not going to do NaNoWriMo.

I’m gonna play.

And that decision makes me happy. I need to acquire more writing spoons and taking my foot off the pedal helps.

Let’s see what happens with this freestyle approach for the next wee bit!


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Her latest WIP, The Stealth Lovers, is a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also working with Renaissance and co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)

To Get to the Other Side

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ID: Noola, my black rollator with flame decals.

Hey, I wrote a thing and it got published in Disability Acts!  To Get to the Other Side is available right now!

(I originally wrote this in 2017 but expanded the story upon the advice of the excellent editors I worked with.)

Cheers,
Cait G

BOING, BOING, BOING! Having Multiple WIPs on the Go

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Bounce! I’m ready for Editing to look at The Stealth Lovers!

Bounce! Now I really want to take a break from the ‘Cosm series and focus on Iris and The Crew Tear Space a New One.

Bounce! But I have Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers fresh in my brain! And I’m half-way through the first draft of Life in Another ’Cosm. Maybe I should work on that story.

Bounce! But Iris and the Crew are gonna tear space a new one!

Bounce! But Noola is gonna kick some ableist arse in Another ’Cosm!

Bounce! But . . .

Bounce! But . . .

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Isn’t this super fun???

It’s at times like these I wish I had two heads like the Dwa in my ’Cosm books, so I could work on different manuscripts simultaneously. But being a boring ol’ human with only one head and brain, it looks like I’ll need to figure out another way.

Truly, though, this is a nice problem to have. It means I’m bursting with creativity. I just have to take a step back and figure out how I can do the things while managing mental and physical spoons. So far I keep changing my mind over whether to finish Life in Another ’Cosm or continue writing Iris and the Crew. I’d posted recently that Iris and the Crew would be my NaNoWriMo ’18 project. But now I really think I could use that time to finish drafting Another ’Cosm.

Place yer bets, place yer bets! (Only joking.)

Adding to this mix is a really awesome editing collaboration I’ll be launching with my best friend this fall. (We hope to announce what it is by the end of September.) Oh yeah, I and still have my day-job of being a freelance editor. A lot of word things are afoot.

So, yeah, my mind is going BOING for this project and BOING for that one. It’ll be interesting to see what I decide in the end for my own writing.

At least The Stealth Lovers is done with principle writing and self-editing. If accepted by Renaissance, it’ll be in the editors’ capable hands. I’ll fall down with relief at that stage. I’ve reached the point where I cannot focus on the words anymore. I need other humans to edit it now.

What might help in my decision making is chatting with other writers at Can-Con 2018 this October. It’s nice to have in-person discussions about our authory adventures. I love how many of us are in exactly the same boat. There are a ton of us in that boat, really.

Looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boat…

(Just watched Jaws again.)

Anyway, as always, I’ll keep you posted as to what I’m working on!

Gee. Life in the ’Cosm was only supposed to be a fun writing exercise for my eyes only. Now I’m thinking about how and when to complete my other books. That’s kind of amazing.

It’s nice to bask in the amazing for just a moment.

You know, before we return to the suffocating self-doubt and all. 😉


Cait GordonCait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Cait has recently submitted the prequel to ’Cosm called The Stealth Lovers, a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Knightly and Vivoxx Tirowen. When she’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts for indie authors and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also really likes cake.