Hello Everyone, and Festive Greetings to you all.
I'm a newbie to the Townhouse. I heard there was coffee and cake, so thought I'd better pop in and introduce myself before stuffing my face. I'm Rachel, I live in Yorkshire and I'm somewhere in my mid 30's. I'm a bit of a geek, I love Star Wars and superheroes and things like that. My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch, amongst myriad others. As you can tell, I like fantasy and sci-fi. I'm also quite fascinated by mythology (Ancient Greek is my fav), have a fascination with the human mind, and love a bit of true crime. I'm also a Master of Procrastination. Historically I've really struggled to write anything other than short stories, and if I'm being 100% honest with myself, it's because I'm scared of failure, and terrified that people will find my work bland and (shudder) boring. So, I stick with short things that I can easily defend 'oh it was just a short, silly thing' for example... Wuss.
I have been telling stories since I was a very young child, and wrote and illustrated some of my stories when I was in primary school. I will be the first to admit, the illustrations were total crap. I can barely draw a stick man. Over the years, I've written countless short stories, but never really been confident to have anything published. I wrote a play during my degree (Drama) and a few years later, submitted an abridged version to a short play festival. My play was selected from over 100 submissions, and was one of three to be performed.
This year, I found myself in rather ill health (not the dreaded Covid, thankfully), and had to take 6 months off work. This gave me a lot of time to twiddle my thumbs and realise that if I don't pull my finger out, I won't get the chance to leave my mark on the world. Nothing like a global pandemic to give you a kick up the backside. I am proud to say, I have finished the first full draft of my first novel, Reality Filter. As you may expect, it's a fantasy, and if the tone of this post doesn't give you a clue, it is aiming for dark comedy, too.
I'm sure I'm not alone in having written something I'm very proud of, then realising I have not the foggiest idea of how to pitch it to an agent. I've done quite a bit of research, but I look at the advice about writing submission letters, and my brain tends to go 'wibble' and try to distract me with, for example, coffee and cake. Or wine. I've started about 5 versions of the letter, and I've written a full page synopsis, so I've made a start, at least. Oh and I've also researched agents and have several in mind who I would be extremely excited to have consider my work.
So....after my rather long and in-elegant ramble, that's my intro.
Hope you've all had a really lovely Christmas, and here's hoping next year is a wee bit better than this one!