2014.03.06 – 53 – The First Chapter of my Book

Hi you!

Here’s my latest 5-pronged update:


Writing



Current Book


I don’t really have any updates on the first book. I’m still submitting to agents and looking into self-publishing. WHEEEEEE!


New Book


Last week, I mentioned working on a query letter for my book. At this point, I’m still making tweeks, but what I’ve got is soooooo much better. The site I mentioned helped me a lot, and made me realize I was giving way too much info.


Over the next day or so, I’m going to pick about 5 agents from my list – who are requesting only a query – and sending it to them. I won’t be as nervous about this go-around, because my query was more a collaboration now than anything. I’m not sure why that makes me feel better. Misery loves company, perhaps?


In addition to the query letter, I’ve also been working some on my first chapter. I’m considering posting it here to see if y’all like it. EEEEEK! We’ll see how I feel when I make it to the last section of this post :)

Singing



So I’ve been caught up in the whole “Let it Go” from Frozen thing lately. I find myself playing it when I work, drive, workout, and sleep.


It’s crazy and is making me feel a little insane. The song is just really fun to sing and I love Idina’s voice (not Demi Lovato).


I’m considering recording myself singing a version (maybe with multiple versions of me, like the last one)… I just need to find a rendition in a higher key. If I can find one, I’ll take that as a sign and begin working on something. Maybe.


Enjoying the Area



Well, the first move to Phoenix is tomorrow! It won’t be the final one, as Windy will still be working in Page, and I’ll remain to help her. But we’ll be taking a load of boxes and transporting them to the new house.


Oh yeah, I should mention the house. So, we’ve been looking for houses for awhile now, and it’s been an absolute curse. Seriously, it’s like fate wants us to be homeless in Phoenix.


(PERSONAL NOTE: When people tell me I’m “brave” for taking the year off to write, I respond, “It won’t be brave when I’m on the street corner with my cardboard sign.” Well, I guess I said that enough where fate might make it happen.)


Last week, we were supposed to move stuff into a *different* house. We’d paid all the application fees and everything had been accepted. The lady we were working with even said no one else was looking at the house. Then, the day before we were set to move, Chris got a random call saying that someone else had already rented the house.


OH MAN sparks flew on that one! It was infuriating, and we had to cancel the trip and frantically search for another house. And that’s not the first time something like that has happened.


Well, I’m happy to report that we finally found one… for now! And it’s in a good area too. I may post some pictures later, but here are my favorite things about the house:


1. I HAVE NO IDEA! I haven’t even seen the place!


Seriously. We were in such a rush that Chris just ran and looked at it by himself and agreed to lease it. To make things even more crazy, Windy hasn’t seen the house either, LOL! So, tomorrow, we’ll be moving stuff into a house we’ve never even seen. OH LORDY!

Random Insights or Stories



This week, I’m combining this section with the next, because I’m going to go ahead and share the first chapter of my book.


Short Stories



I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is around sharing a first chapter of your novel. Do you entice or incentivize people in some way to read it? Do you wait until it’s 1000 percent polished before sharing? Do you share with a few people at a time to build some sort of momentum?


I have no idea but, apparently, I’m going to do none of those things, cuz here it is!


The book is called CAMP NO WHERE – A HEALING HOME FOR GAY KIDS. I’m not going to give anything away just yet. Heck, I’m toying with another version of the first chapter, so what you read might change entirely.

The first chapter itself deals with a gay teenager struggling with something. Because of last week’s post and everything going on around the country right now, I figured it was appropriate.

Either way, I hope you enjoy it a little bit. If so, I’ll be sharing more in the future and hope everyone picks up a copy when released!

Now, without further ado, here’s the link – Camp NO Where – A Healing Home for Gay Kids

About the Author: Cody Wagner

Cody Wagner

Cody is an aspiring author and creator of Wagner Writer. His first novel, A Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren, was released in 2015. He has a penchant for making weird videos and writing even weirder stories. But not all. Some of his stuff is perfectly normal. He promises.

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