On Thursday I had a further phone call from that nice literary agent to see if I’d received the client agreement in the post. I know it doesn’t mean anything yet, in the grand scheme of things, but this is indeed A Step in the Right Direction. On the way home from work I bought a bottle of bubbly to celebrate–I’d expected a real struggle to score an agent simply because so many have an entry in Writers & Artists that says “No fantasy, thanks”–and allowed it to go to my head for a little while.
Then I had to knuckle down to the serious business of getting together a synopsis for Trinity. First draft down, just a little tweaking to do; it’s a tad longer than I’d like.
The omens are that I’ve left myself a bit of a mountain to climb in order to wrap everything up in Book 3. Forcing myself to focus on the plotting of Trinity and what I could and could not do with the characters and timescales has thrown into sharp relief just how ambitious I’ve been here, without me even realising it. The curse of the pantser.
Pruning will have to occur, no doubt about it, but how much? And where? Do I go all bonsai on its donkey and force it to fit, or do I follow my organic instincts and let the tree be free, man? I’m not sure yet. My brain is still full of Bollinger. Ask me again in the morning, when my brain will no doubt be full of Nurofen.