Writing Update: March 17th, 2017

npa-800pxWork has picked up again and so I’m getting more shifts. This has cut into my writing time, but mostly I’ve procrastinated because on my days off I just don’t feel like it. Some days my brain is just a blank and I hate the idea of forcing myself to write something, but I’ve still managed to get some done in the last month.

I think I’ve come up with a good title for my MagicalRealism/UrbanFantasy novel; EARTHENSTONE. I’m about seven chapters in and then I realised an important plot point (the conflict of how the MC enters this magical world) wasn’t as strong or as detailed as I thought it was. It also didn’t make much sense and it veered me off from the original outline I had. I went back through the first few chapters and tightened it up so hopefully I’m back on track.

I’ve been poking at another project that I will call AltHistory/ Epistolary novel. Epistolary means written as a series of documents. Think Frankenstein or Dracula. It’s based during WWI Canada, and will have an interesting twist to the outcome/duration of the war. It’ll still take four years, but things will not go as our history did. I’m especially interested to write out how the Suffrage Movement will be affected. WWI advanced it faster than any other event. I know this because I did my short thesis paper on it. The best thing about this story is that I’ve based it in Kingston and I want to include real events from that era. I plan on doing some research and reading over microfilm of newspapers at one of the university libraries. I actually get giddy when I think about it. I have about 1,500 words done and had to top as I needed some historical events to include and I still haven’t done any research.

I haven’t looked at SURVIVAL RULES since last month. Right now I’m more focused on the other two. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on it, but Earthenstone and the other WIP are a priority right now. If I had more time I could work on it, but as I still need to do a serious re-write on the rest of the chapters I already have, I’ll need a lot more time and energy to work on it.

 

Writing Update: February 17th, 2017

npa-800pxWow, it’s been over six months since I did a writing update, and I’m really ashamed to say that I haven’t accomplished much writing in those months. I’m not a huge fan of forced writing but I don’t believe in ‘waiting for the Muse’ either. If I did that, I’d be spending my days doing nothing but waiting. So, what’s been going on?

I’ve stopped revising Down Finnegan’s Hollow.  I did a bit of revision to it to make sure certain details were accurate, especially the timelines, but other than that, I haven’t really worked on it. The first draft is finished so all it needs is a good revision, but right now it’s not interesting to me. Maybe because of a new story idea? It came to me while I was reading one of the classic books I downloaded from the Gutenberg Project. That, along with my English thesis research really sparked an idea. It’s going to be slow going on this one; a lot of research required that I can’t get online, but it should be interesting to see where it goes.

Plague novel is really exciting to me right now. I added in the extra bits I needed, and have a solid revision of the first seven chapters. I also managed to connect these novels with the post-apocalyptic novel set in the future, so that’s cool. It’s just a matter of revising the rest of the first novel, finishing it and the other two in the series. The second series is really cool too with a different take on some old monsters.

I did NaNo this year too. Didn’t finish as work picked up and that shot it all to Hell. My novel; a magical realism story. I’d like to see this one in the hands of an agent, as long as they don’t ask me to change it to YA. Nothing wrong with YA, but not every novel on the planet has to be YA. Seriously. Anyway, if you’re curious I posted a short excerpt HERE..

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m hoping to do an update at least once a month, so here’s to accountability and a new year!

Oh, and have you noticed that I’ve been keeping up with my blog posts. *pats on back*

How was your 2016 for writing?

Writing Update: January 6th, 2017

writingupdateWow, it’s been six months since I’ve done a writing update, and I’m really ashamed to say that I haven’t accomplished much writing in those six months. I’m not a huge fan of forced writing but I don’t believe in ‘waiting for the Muse’ either. If I did that, I’d be spending my days doing nothing but waiting. So, what’s been going on?

I’m still revising Down Finnegan’s Hollow. I’ve had to go back over the first few chapters to make sure certain details were accurate. Mostly dealing with timelines. It’s a pain in the ass if you ask me but I want them to at least sound accurate. I fall in and out of love with this story and I don’t know why. Days I love it, I can’t revise enough, and days I don’t it doesn’t see any new work. Sometimes I feel like I’m revising a really old manuscript. The tone and structure just seems amateurish and I wonder why am I bothering. I would like to have this done and in a place that I at least like it again.

Plague novel is really exciting to me right now. I added in the extra bits I needed, and have a solid revision of the first six chapters. I also managed to connect these novels with the post-apocalyptic novel set in the future, so that’s cool. It’s just a matter of revising the rest of the first novel and finishing it. The second series is really cool too with a different take on some old monsters.

I did NaNo this year too. Didn’t finish but I got a good chunk done. My novel this time is a magical realism story. I’d like to see this one in the hands of an agent, as long as they don’t ask me to change it to YA. Nothing wrong with YA, but not every novel on the planet has to be YA.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m hoping to do an update at least once a month, so here’s to accountability and a new year!

How was your 2016 for writing?

Writing Update: May 20, 2016

coollogo_com-1761011869 (1)Spring is not a good season for me. I got very little writing done, but it seemed as though life was really getting in the way this month. I’ve done very well on the blogging, but it’s only been – what, a month? Also, I’m signed up to upgrade my English at the college, so that will bite into my extra time come June, but I want to get this done and over with.

I’m working on revisions for Down Finnegan’s Hollow. That’s been a slow process as I can only get about two pages per day done. It’s not a major revision; just tightening up the prose and adding more detail. I may have to do one more pass when I’m done.

The plague novel has been on hold for a few weeks. I came up with a really good sub-plot, so there’s more danger than just plague zombies running around, but now I have to include it in the chapters that I’ve already revised, and that’s the problem. Again, slow going, but I think it’ll be worth it. I’m also looking at cutting a lot of what was in the original draft. It was boring anyway, and I came up with a really good ending which is a good tie in to the second book!

Last, but not least, I’m working on my Steampunk novel The Man from D.U.D.E again. It just won’t stop poking at me and I thought I could work on it during the weekends. It’s not going to be a long novel, maybe a novella, which is fine with me. It’s just getting the first draft done that’s a bugger.

How has your writing been?

Writing Update: April 22, 2016

coollogo_com-1761011869 (1)I realized the other day that I’ve been wading through the indie publishing market for close to seven years now. The first thing I had published were articles in the local newspaper in 2009, and since then there have been several short stories, a few novels and more articles for a metaphysical online website. All of this has been great, but don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I just wanted to take stock of everything that’s happened in the last few years. I tend to do this when I decide to change something.

In the past, I’ve only put out ebooks. I didn’t have enough money to have both print and digital, and at the time, digital was cheaper as I could do most of the hard work myself. Now, I have a bit more money so I’ve decided to redo some covers and make up print books of my paranormal series. Because the first few are short, I’ll be combining them, two books at a time, but the first one I’m releasing will be the most recent, and the one I’ve always considered a stand-alone; The Saints of Belvedere Road. Check out the cover art for the print book.

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You can purchase the book here;

The Saints of Belvedere Road on Createspace.

As for the rest of the series, I’m still not sure about it. The ideas are there, but I’ve had several other projects occupy my time. I’ve written two full length scripts and several episodes of a tv series, and I’m revamping my plague novel. The last two projects have taken up my time these last few months, and while I’m not sure if anyone will ever see the scripts, I plan on releasing the plague novel when it’s ready. Maybe around Halloween? Not sure. It’s a massive re-write so it’s going to take some time. Anyway, that’s it on this end.

I’m also slowly getting back into blogging. I like blogging, I really do. I like the way I can talk about other subjects that interest me. Knitting, gaming, nail art, those sorts of things. Husband and I are going out to dinner more so expect the occasional foodie blog post with pictures.

 

How has your writing been?

Writing Update for May 28, 2015

Not a bit blog post, but at least I’m still writing. I was really afraid that with the move and everything, the stories would be shoved to the back burner, so to speak. It’s nice to know that isn’t happening. I’ve got a pile of other things on my plate too, and I think I’ve found a schedule that incorporates all of it and still leaves me time to do other things. Like eat and sleep.

Novel: The Saints of Belvedere Road (paranormal)
Is off at the editors. Finally this book will be unleashed to the public. I’m thinking of a late June/early July release so keep your eyes peeled for this cover.

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Novel: Survival Rules (zombie)

I’ve managed to work a bit more on this novel, but it’s not getting the attention it deserves. Partly because my day is distracted, but that won’t be forever. Once things are more settled around here, I’ll be able to focus more. I would like to get all three books in the series done by the end of the year, AND I came up with a plot idea for a fourth stand-alone novel in the same universe as the series. I’ll be adding some crossovers for sure.

Word Count: 93,972 [fourteen chapters written]

Novel: Down Finnegan’s Hollow (paranormal horror)
Revisions have begun. This is the first stand-alone novel I’ve not only finished, but I think, ever written. Well, you could include SAINTS in that category too, but as I added it into a series so I don’t think it counts anymore. I’m sending this out to a small publishing house and I hope everything works out with it. I’m taking my time, revising two pages per day. I don’t have an overall word count on the rough draft, but I’m hoping it’s about 70k or so.

Word Count: 12,398 [three chapters revised]

Novel: Cache (cyberpunk)
Yup, you read that right. Muse poked me with it last weekend and I’ve been working on it all week. This one too, is part of a series, but I’m not sure yet if it’ll be three books or five or a series or not. I have three plotted, but that’s about it. Maybe it’ll be a crime novel series. Not sure.

Word Count: 4,071 [one chapter finished]

How is your writing coming along?

Writing Update for February 20, 2015

coollogo_com-1761011869 (1)I booked my editor for May. It’s been almost five years since I finished this book, and finally, it’s going to be out in the world. I’m so glad I didn’t decide to publish it back then. I think adding it to my paranormal series was the right thing to do.

Novel: Survival Rules
This is going to be a long book. I’m up to chapter twelve already and about 2/3 finished. Mind you, this is just the first draft. I’m positive there will be a lot of editing when it comes to revisions.

This has been an interesting story for me to write. The research I’ve done, has at times, left me a bit unsettled. Not so much about a plague wiping out the majority of the population, but the aftermath and survival. We rely so much on modern technology and infrastructure, that to have it all collapse around us is a frightening situation, but an interesting one as well. What would you do if there was no clean water? No food? None of the modern conveniences that we’re so used to? Would you know how to purify water for drinking? Keep warm? Find adequate shelter? Many apocalyptic novels I’ve read deal with survival in warm climates, but as I like to base my stories in Canada (Ontario to be exact), the stories take on new dimensions. Not only do my survivors need to look for all the same things as other zombie novels, but they have the added problem of weather and climate. This also will have a direct effect on the creatures as well. It’s been an interesting journey, and I hope people will like it too.

Wordcount: 80,019

Short Stories
I’ve got a couple requests to write shorts for two anthologies. One is a horror one, and the other is with the same publisher that I worked with before. I have an idea for the first, second might be a little harder. I have several ideas, but it’s collecting my Muse long enough for her to help me figure it out.

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