It’s always fun to learn a new term, but one of the ones I picked up through the Romancing the Capital is ‘Plot Bunnies.’ If you’ve never heard it before (don’t feel bad, I hadn’t) it’s the notion that while you’re working on thing the first, ideas for things the second through a billion pop up and demand attention. They reproduce like bunnies, those ideas, while you’re trying to focus on the first thing. Then, when you finally turn your attention to them – they’ve scampered and hidden in little holes. When you finally dig one out, and start working on it, those bunnies go into heat all over again and a thousand new plot bunnies romp around the meadow.
I love the term.
That happened to me a lot this last week, and I actually did something I never do and gave in for a couple of hours on the weekend to organize, capture the thoughts, and even sketch a very big overview of a YA idea that’s been hopping like the plot bunny it is in my face all week. If I’m still madly in love with it when I finish Triad Blood, I think it will be the next thing I pitch, because nothing is as terrifying as YA, right?
It’s getting so damn close to being a first draft I can taste it. I’ve got maybe 6,000 words left to go, and those words are mostly in transitions and to really polish off the denouement. I cannot tell you how exciting that is.
I also fell into a long whirlpool of website research on the Métis, and have learned that what I learned in high school and university was really, really poor.
I’m still somewhat worried about whether or not my antagonist is too “off-page” but I’m feeling better about how much print time the various three guys get in the book. I’ve still got one major decision to make about one of the supporting cast (the aforementioned Métis guy, actually), but it can wait until the last moment (which is what the character is doing, too.)
Then it’ll be time for Beta readers. Gah!
The Short Stuff
Haven’t sent anything off for June yet. Crap. Also, the contest I entered in May got back to me and no I did not win (which is fine, that’s not the point, the point was to enter something I was very uncomfortable writing – a flash piece).
I think I have now started three separate threesome stories that have gone too long. I need a much tighter idea. (Wait, that sounded wrong…) I can do this.
Onward to the calls…
Open Calls I know about:
Other places to always check include the Lambda Literary Calls of Submission page.
Heard of any good calls lately? Pop ’em in the comments, too.