I just realized I haven't posted a journal on here in about a year and a half. I still check messages on occasion, I'm just not... active. But I thought I'd at least post something about this.
Since January of this year, I've been writing a novel! I was hesitant to call it that for a while, but now that it's over 50,000 words, I feel it's accurate. I already have cover art and a way to publish it set up and everything.
The novel is, in short, about a girl that turns her kidnapping into an opportunity to become a pirate and kick ass. She meets a mermaid who helps her a great deal, and they end up falling for each other. They get other mermaids and pirates to join them and stir up trouble on the seas.
The novel has focuses on feminism and diversity in particular. Several main characters are POC, several are queer, one is asexual, one transgender, et cetera. However, I realize simply including a 'token' member of these groups is not true diversity (here's looking at you, Glee). I have tried my damnedest to flesh out each character, and definitely left no one as "the lesbian," "the black guy" or anything else. My focus is heavily on the characters (as all writers should, yes...), just as much as the plot. The book's main genres are action/adventure, though heavily relying on fantasy and even some romance as well.
I have plans to release the book for sale through Blurb sometime by the end of this year if all goes well. If anyone wants more information, feel free to check out my Tumblr info page and/or like the official Facebook!