I did my revisions on the short story and sent it out for another round of critiques. Got a couple of those backs, and it looks like I just have to do some things like work with themes a bit, to make them present throughout the story, things like that. I really put every word through the wringer of the first page of my novel, and submitted it to the “cold read” lunch at the Connecticut Fiction Fest, where a panel of agents and editors will be reading and critiquing first pages. This is valuable because it shows you what give the agents/editors pause, what they like and don’t like, etc.
Right now I am trying to decide whether or not I want to work on a new science fiction short story, or if I want to work on my novel in the next few months. I will end up writing both, but the order is what is catching me now. I was wanting to enter Writers of the Future every quarter, but I miss working on my novel, which has really fallen to the wayside. I would love to be able to pitch my novel at the NECRWA conference next year. I should know by Sunday what I am doing.
Only a few more days till CFF! Really looking forward to seeing people there!