So I did a Thing. I completed a novel. I say “completed” instead of “wrote” because I’ve written many incomplete novels over the decades. This is the first one I pushed over the finish line. Yay.
For those interested in following the journey of my novel manuscript, I’ll be sharing the experience by way of a vlog series on my YouTube channel.
In this very first video, after announcing and being quite happy with myself for completing a novel, I chat a bit about genre and writing magical systems in fiction. In terms of genre, authors are always insisting they’ve written a “genre blending” novel and I guess I’m no exception.
You could say this is a work of speculative fiction. Though Book I (of the trilogy) is heavyset in the fantasy genre, I’m going to bring in a sprinkle of sci-fi in Book II.
You could also say it’s historical fiction with magical realism.
But I’ve been pitching it as YA (young adult) epic historical fantasy.
I want to vlog this journey because it’s an important one for me. Since high school I’ve aspired to be a novelist and at various points of my young adult life, attempted the endeavor and failed each time. When Holistic Tarot came out, internally I had given up on that dream of being a novelist because I just felt I was too old. You’re always hearing about the young, genius 20-something year-old debut author and at the oldest, early 30s. Kind of bizarrely irrational, isn’t it? We as a society prize the social and philosophical commentary of the 21-year-old but after the age of 40, you’re way over the hill and should just whither away in domesticity. Anyway, after the age of 35, I just grew complacent.
Recently I renewed my determination to finish the novel and thought to myself, go big or go home. I’m going to try my hand at a trilogy!
Anyway, here’s my first video. =) I’m very much looking forward to sharing this journey with you and along the way, hope you’ll offer your insights, opinions, perspective, experience, and wisdom to help support my journey. =)