And by that, I mean my current novel project.
Yes, it is done! As soon as I finish polishing my pitch materials, I will begin querying agents. So, for the time being, this project is completed and it is time to begin the next one.
First, a small celebratory dance <dances around apartment until cat bites her>
Ahem. Alright. That’s out of the way. What’s next?
One of the things I most enjoyed about working on Project Awesome was delving into the mind of an outsider trying to find her place in society. I’m pretty sure I’m not finished with this idea and that it may play some role in the plot or theme of my next project. But, I also know that I want to try my hand at a new genre. I love urban fantasy and I’m sure I’ll write more of it down the line. Heck, if I sell Project Awesome, I’ve got plenty of ideas for sequels. For now, though, I’m thinking along the lines of a science fiction novel.
I really want to explore some of the ways society will change under the twin pressures of time and technology and I like the hopeful idea that we’ll one day succeed in making it off this rock and out into the vastness of space. So, that’s where I’d like to venture in my next novel.
Before I get too far down this road, though, I need a primer on the universe. My knowledge of the solar system, galaxy, universe, and our place it in is pretty rudimentary. So I’m brushing up by taking a few courses on Coursera. I’m enrolled in an AstroTech course from the University of Edinburgh, one on the Origins of the Universe from the University of Copenhagen, and a class called Imagining Other Earths from Princeton. All for free! I love Coursera!
All the traveling I did early in the summer impeded progress on these classes, as did finishing Project Awesome. But now that I’m in Brooklyn full time for the remainder of the summer and Project Awesome is off my plate…it’s time for some learnin’!
Stay tuned. I’ll no doubt share some of the fascinating things I come across in the classes, as well as my evolving ideas for the next novel project.