If you’ve followed what I’ve been working on, you have noticed that the page for my Greenfield book series has been updating daily with the translation proceeding.
Now, I am glad to announce the completion of current translation and thus the series itself!
So, what is this book series I’ve worked on a lot and talked quite little about?
Greenfield is about a teenaged girl named Iris Mäkelä who ends up to another world, Greenfield, with her horse Miracle Truth soon after running away from home. In Greenfield, she has to learn to live in a world without technology and learn the ways of a magician with her tutor Matthew and fellow student Thomas so that she can find a way to return to her own world. But as the evil forces of the Night Lord return with their master getting stronger, can she even survive the upcoming months, let alone get back home someday?
The first book is heavily in progress and a lot of new has to be written and a lot of old (some of it originating from as far away in the past as 2012 and thus in dire need of reworking) has to be edited before it is ready for editing phase and later possibly beta readers too. I haven’t yet thought of much when they will come or if they will come for sure; it depends on whether or not I get a professional editor for it, at least. A lot of worldbuilding has to be done as well, so that will take up time while making the first book happen too.
So far, I’ve been thinking I might be able to finish the writing phase during 2019 or 2020, depending on how much time everything in life from university studies to bad old writer’s block takes away from writing. I have no solid word goal set at least yet, but I will work on this daily just as I have done so far and therefore will update word and page counts daily. I might dedicate some days for worldbuilding alone instead of writing, so that also discourages setting a daily goal for writing. After I proceed to the next four books and maybe later the 4 side story books I’m planning, I might set a daily word goal when I have everything on the world readily available.
At the moment, that’s all I have on Greenfield. I will most likely do some artwork on the characters in the future (so far there might be a sketch or two about it on DeviantArt), maybe release some Work In Progress (WIP) bits of the story or maybe end up writing Greenfield oneshots during Flash Fiction Month, but at the moment this is all.
On other news, last Monday I received a letter from the organizer of a Finnish poetry competition I took part in last November. It was for young people aged between 13 and 18 and who live in Finland. The theme, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the independent Finland, was “love is blue and white” (the colors of the Finnish flag). The best of the poems were to be published in a poetry book named 100 runoa tunteella ja rakkaudella (in English: 100 poems with emotion and love). And just as baffling as it is, my poem, Rakkauden kuoro (The choir of love) was chosen for that book!
The book will be released on the 23rd and it will be the first publication I’m in. I’m not entirely sure which name I used with the poem; it has either been the author name I’m planning to use when I release my very own books or my full name with my nickname. I don’t remember anymore since it’s been already half a year since I mailed my poem. I will tell you more when I get the book myself and see it in print; I already ordered a few of those books for myself, some people who are close to me and for my mother language teacher whom I need to thank for informing everyone in my school about the competition. If it wasn’t for her, this wouldn’t have happened to me.
I must admit that while this is exciting, I’m also quite nervous as this will be the first time I will publicly connect WindySilver to my real name and to my very own face which I show around those I see often, especially my family. I never expected to win the competition nor get into the book, yet the latter happened. But I believe in the art I do, in the mask I will use for just a while one more time, in what I’m doing with my life. When the time comes to publicly announce that I am WindySilver, no matter the time or audience, I will do it with my head up and pride in what I do. I will not back down just because I’m scared. The fear won’t conquer me.
I don’t have a picture of the book yet and the only one who sells the book at least now is the competition’s organizer, Suomalaisen tangon Satumaa ry, so I don’t know how anyone outside Finland can get it. Maybe more information and ordering chances will come after the publication. We’ll see next week.
Oh, and I haven’t yet uploaded my poem anywhere. I decided not to upload it before I’d get the results, then stuff happened and I heard nothing about the competition and forgot about it. I’m planning to upload the poem on DeviantArt once I know where to direct people who want to get the book.
This is what has been going on this week in addition to other things in my life. I will get my results for March’s matriculation examination tests on Friday but I doubt I will make an announcement about how I did at least here. Maybe on DeviantArt, but possibly not here.
Thank you for reading. Have a great day!