The next thing that may be helpful for you all to know is that I’m recovering from a hysterectomy. I went under the knife (uh, laparoscope?) last Monday afternoon and have been chilling at home ever since trying not to think about all of the things I should be doing.
Shout out to Percocet for its help with that. Ha!
Since I knew I was going to be moving kind of slow for upwards of two months – I can’t do lunch lady work for six weeks or help out too much at the kids’ school – I thought now was the perfect time to write a new novel in a new genre using a new system.
I can’t give Percocet any props for these hairbrained ideas because I came up with them prior to surgery.
Anyways…I’m going to start writing Her Other Life tomorrow. It is a stand-alone novel in the magical realism/psychological mystery genres – like if Time Traveler’s Wife and What Alice Forgot had a book baby – and I expect it to be a bit longer than my usual books.
My goal is to write 5K a day during the week (and use the weekends for co-writing projects and my pinnypig.com blog) for three weeks. I have two weeks scheduled in my calendar, but then we run into Christmas and my two littlest girls have their birthdays the week after (they’re turning 8 three days apart!) so it may be the first week of January before Her Other Life is finished.
I plan to briefly blog about writing the book every day – starting Monday the 12th.
Now, why am I so confident that I can get in 5K words a day? I’ve been using the Story Toolkit by Susan Bischoff to work through my ideas –> characters –> locations –> plot points –> acts –> beats and I have figured this book out more than any other I’ve ever done work on beforehand.
As it stands right now, I’ve got Act I of the book broken down into scenes. That is what I’ll be working on this week. Come Friday evening I will begin fleshing out Act II scenes. I considered doing the entire book at once, but past experience tells me that I rebel against my plotter self if there isn’t any discovery to look forward to, so I decided to figure out the scenes prior to writing the next act dependent on what I wrote in the last act.
We’ll see. Ha! It could all be a cluster fuck, but I’m betting it will be less cluster-fucky than usual.
I’m also going to be on the lookout for beta readers. Since this is a new genre(s) for me to write in I thought I better find some new readers since I can’t expect you all to like paranormal romance and contemporary romance and magical realism. 🙂
So, if you like the work of Sarah Addison Allen, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Hoffman, and maybe also Liane Moriarity (not Truly, Madly, Guilty – too much of a tease! I couldn’t take it) Jennifer Weiner, and Elinor Lipman, then I think you’re the type of reader who will like my new books.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook if you’re interested.
Which brings me to my number one burning question:
Do I need another pen name?
Stacey Marie Wallace
Stacey M. Wallace
S. M. Wallace
Leave your vote in the comments.