A common theme among blog posts by debuts, post debut, is the What I Wish I’d Known post. These are inevitably helpful in pointing out all the gaps in one’s knowledge, the I-didn’t-know-what-I-didn’t-knows.
But I call rubbish. I am impatient as a toddler and I don’t wanna wait until after my debut to know what I didn’t not know (huh?). I wanna know now. So here’s a list of the things I (currently) really wanna know, ’cause that’s how I role.
10 Things I Wish I Knew, Now
1. Will I actually be able to smash this wreck of a first draft into shape by August?
2. Is there a secret way into my publisher’s internal system so I can know exactly what’s going on with my book at any given time, including how long it’s sat languishing in Carol’s inbox? CAROL*?
3. At least tell me my pub date, Carol.
4. What kind of cupcakes do you like, Carol? Oh no reason. Just, you know… wondering.
5. When will this snow end??
6. How does this book end????
7. What is number seven? Does Carol know?
8. At what point does the sheer terror become outweighed by the excitement?
9. How different is terror from excitement, really? I mean, physiologically speaking both release adrenaline, increasing heart rate and perspiration and breathing, dilating the pupils and – OMG THEY’RE THE SAME THING.
10. …will the next thing I write be anywhere near as fun as this?
Here’s current progress on Book Three, working title The Unconquered City, the story of an assassin turned monster hunter who’s really sick of people threatening her city. Now with more! impressive amounts of steam, heart-to-heart chats, and bonding over corpses.
Project: Book Three, Draft 0.5
Current word count: 70,024 / 80000 words. 87% of the way there
Days of spring: *sobbing*
Days left to finish this draft: 7
Days until I start the next project: 7
* If, in fact, there is a Carol at my publisher, I’m certain she is the Best and not easily bribed by any flavor of cupcakes, even if they’re red velvet with proper buttercream and they just happened to appear on her desk Thursday morning.