“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
In 2019, around the end of December, I made this personal goal to write every single day for the year of 2020. I did it for several months before shit got terrible (for obvious reasons that we’ll just not discuss because GAH). I felt terrible during the course of the April Rough Trade event even though I finished my story. I hated it at the time, but I read it recently, and it’s not as terrible as I believed it was then. I’ll spend some time editing it or whatever before posting it.
July was a bust. To be truthful, I always struggle with the short works in July, so it’s been a personal challenge for me since the first boot camp event. I did a little restructuring for this year on that point, and we’ll be doing a single novella challenge in July. It’s near the start of QB sign-ups, and I thought people would appreciate a single small project for July over two. I want Rough Trade to be challenging, but I don’t want it to be a burden for anyone participating. Ya know?
I’ve been planning my own works for this year on Rough Trade, and I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before—I’m going to write a trilogy of connected works across all three challenges. I’ve completed my zero draft(s) for the project, and it’s about 20k (lol). I’m very proud of what I’ve got planned, so I hope you’ll join me on that journey. I’ll post some details at the end of this post.
One thing I’ve decided to do for myself this year is to give myself monthly goals versus anything so daunting as to “write every single day”. I do tend to write most days, but I don’t want to demoralize myself like I did last year with that particular goal. The stress of 2020 didn’t magically disappear at midnight on the 31st of December. I suspect this year will just as bad on that front, and managing my personal expectations is key.
I am literally bursting with ideas right now—I’m working on several novel-length projects, including one for Mass Effect, which is eating my brain. I can’t even explain that as it wasn’t on my radar at all (even as a gamer) until I watched Bunbarian play it on Twitch, then I was like…what? Then I bought the games and lost myself. I can’t even with myself or that trilogy of games. I’m considering a play-through on Twitch when the remaster comes out. Who knows? I still need to finish my 100 Baby challenge. I did recently fix my Sims game, which I broke with a mod because I can’t follow instructions.
The problem with being super inspired is that I’m dashing around my WIP folder like a hyperactive bunny on crack. I’ve written upwards of 80k since December 1st and don’t have a single completed work to show for it. I do have several chapters of my RT from November to post, and I might just put them on RT even though the challenge has been over since 11/30. Fight me.
Rough Trade 2021
Now, let me tell you all about my project for Rough Trade 2021.
It’s called Heart and Soul – it’ll be a Harry Potter story with a Harry/Draco relationship.
Title: Heart’s Desire
Summary: Two years after the war, Harry is heartsore and lonely. Agreeing to marry Ginny Weasley just seemed like the thing to do, but their marriage application is rejected by the ministry because he has an active soulmate record in the Book of Souls.
Challenge: July 2021 – Perceptions
Title: Soul Magic
Summary: Harry Potter is living a quiet life on the shores of Loch Ness with his soulmate, Draco Malfoy, and working for the Department of Mysteries when their case involving defiled ritual circles takes a turn they saw coming. The results of which could be the destruction of everything they know.
Challenge: November 2021 – Timeless
Title: Only Time
Summary: Thrown back in time, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy struggle to find their footing and protect each other just as the blood war starts to ramp up in 1975 Britain.
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I’m very excited by what I’ve got planned and would rather not hear any complaints whatsoever about my choices regarding the relationship. I mean it.