So here’s some updates on what I’ve been working on.

I’m finally done with my commissions, rewarded myself with a pizza, and have now gone back to working on my “supervillain make-a-wish” story. At this point, I have about 60,000 words and I’m not through the first part of Act II yet, so that’s looking good on word count at least. I’m always worried about ending up too short — “naga hide” and “fairy war” both ended up being a little shyer of 90,000 words than I would have liked. Which means either they were YA novels in disguise or I simply didn’t have enough material to make a full novel. But I think blitzing through commissions has improved my writing skill a little bit. I’m noticing a difference in the quality of writing.

Which is good because I’m constantly plagued with the thought “What if I’m not writing good enough? What if this isn’t publication quality?” It’s the thought that makes me hesitate to return to the laptop, the fear that I’m just wasting my time again on another novel that either doesn’t have a gripping enough concept or the sentence-to-sentence text doesn’t “sing” enough for publication.

Playing Tears of the Kingdom. It’s very much like Breath of the Wild, there’s just more of it. There’s an underground level and a sky level. But both are hard to get to and neither have much in them to make them interesting. On the other hand, Breath of the Wild is a good game, so more BotW is a good thing. Problem is all four of us in the family are playing at the same time, and we’ve got one cartridge between us. I can’t imagine if we had any boys in the family how selfish and grabby and fighty they’d be about it.

I revised my query letter for Replaneted and I’m sending off to agents again, after attending the writing conference and realizing that I need a more personal touch in my query, and to “laser sight” on agents rather than spread my seed like so much whale semen. It’s much more work with less… results? Candidates? But it’s another experiment to see if anything comes from it. Don’t worry, if it works, you’ll be the first to know.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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