Writing Update: Friday, July 31, 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve done a writing update. I think the last was back in spring or so when I was posting video updates. With the pandemic, my writing suffered. I had almost two months off and I did next to no writing on anything. I didn’t think I was under stress, but after learning that others were in the same place, yeah, maybe I was. Stress can mess with you in ways you’d never think. I thought I was handling all this fine, turns out I wasn’t. Jump forward several months and I’m back writing again. Going back to work was stressful too. They gave us long hours and my days off were spent trying to recover from those shifts, so I didn’t get any writing done again, and then we had to put Miss Molly down. This has not been an easy time.

A big shock to me was learning that Microsoft won’t be supporting Word 10 after October. I know there’s a rare chance that it’ll stop working, but with my luck that’s just what will happen and I’ll lose all my progress. So I broke down and downloaded Scrivener trial for the third time. This time, I did the tutorial. Took me the better part of the morning, but I can see where this program is preferred so much over Word. It’s about $30-$40 cheaper and has organizational elements that are incredible.  My mind went into overdrive with this feature and now I have so much information about a WIP that I’m excited to write on it again.

I FINALLY heard back from SF Canada, and am now member.

Even with all this, there was progress made, so let’s get started.

Survival Rules: Finished editing this and had a beta look over it. I wrote a query and started subbing in April to a select few agents I thought would be a good fit. The list wasn’t that big; thirteen to fifteen altogether. After querying agents and basically going nowhere, I made out a list of indie publishers who took this genre. I didn’t sub to them all at once, but rather I am doing this one at a time. It’ll take longer no doubt, but it’ll give me the chance to work on the other novels in the series.

Scrivener will be really good for me and my serial projects. I’ve already transferred the second half of this novel (it was originally 120k) to the program and am sorting things out.

The first sub was a new Tor imprint – Nightfire. It’s going to take a while to hear back from them, but I’ll let you know when I do either way.

Short Story – I subbed an old short of mine to Abyss & Apex. I like short stories, I don’t write enough of them. They are a paying market, and like Nightfire, I will let you know either way when I hear from them.

Gutterchilde – Do you remember this one? I’ve worked on it for years now. I got up to chapter fourteen and quit. It just wasn’t going anywhere. That’s changed. With the new writing program I came up with a story that really excites me. It started as a Steampunk, but now I don’t think I’ll continue it that way. I have another idea and I’m bringing back some supernatural elements to it as well. Hell, I even have a map! The Time After is a reference in the story to the beginning of this world’s calendar. There is no set calendar for this world, so each region has it’s own. Some are old, and some change with the government. My goal is to eventually have a global calendar, but I want to explore all the different ones first.

Down Finnegan’s Hollow – This is another story that benefited from the new writing program. I have one chapter left to revise and then I can go through and make sure everything flows properly. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it; it’s one of those projects I just want done.

Anyway, that’s it for now. With the summer being so hot, it’s nice to stay inside and write, but I’m hoping August will be a little more productive.

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?

A Writing Update

To all my writer friends doing NaNoWriMo—KEEP GOING! YOU CAN DO IT!

The Watchtower Series: Omens and Portends (Book Five)

How is this for a new title; THE PROPHECIES OF MORTALS. I came up with the new title last week. Still not sure yet and I may come up with something else.

Finished chapter last week and steadily working on chapter seven. I think this story is going to be the longest one I’ve written so far. I’m up to 30k and still have at least another six chapter. At first I thought I’d have ten more, but I’ve combined a few. Still, the first draft isn’t complete so I really have no idea the length. It would be great to get this book, and THE SAINTS OF BELVEDERE ROAD out early in 2014.

I’m finding some interesting side-plots as well as things for the rest of the books, including a more solid plot for the second stand-alone novel. So many twists and turns, and yes there will be some character deaths. Right now, I have it pegged at four.

 

The Hallowell Island Series: The Possession of Mercy Moreau

Another couple more chapters and this revision will be done! I’m really excited about it too. I’d like to have the whole thing done by the end of this month then start edits and what not in December, and start sending out the query letter in January. I’ve been looking at some Indie publishers and have a nice variety to submit too. Some seem perfect placement, but time will tell.

I’ve been working on the outline for the second book. I want to try something different with it. Instead of it being a ‘good girl’ why not have her a bad girl. She’s going to be at least ten years younger than the love interest, but they’ve both done time in prison so there’s that bond. Plus, I have a real good reason for her to hook up with _____ (No, not giving you his name, :P).

 

Steampunk Series: Arlington Creed and the Case of the Marinated Mariner (For Anthology)

Just as I predicted, I’ve gone over the 10k mark. I’ve decided to write several of the first draft of this series before I do anything with it. I need to get a feel for the length of the stories. Right now, this one could come in under 20k, but the next could be more. If that’s the case and all the rest of the stories are novel length, it would serve me well to put the first free and have the rest paid, like I’m doing for THE WATCHTOWER series.

 

NEW PROJECT ALERT!!!

I came up with two stand-alone novel ideas over Hallowe’en. I don’t know why, but these too just jumped out at me. I’ve jotted down a rough outline and plot for the first; a supernatural/paranormal horror/mystery called DOWN FINNEGAN’S HOLLOW, and the second, well it’s still rough. Very rough. I don’t even have a working title for it yet. I’ve got about 2k done on the first chapter of HOLLOW and I pulled THE CARRIERS from rotation to work on it.

I might work THE CARRIERS over the weekends. I need to think more about how this whole thing will work out, plus it’s nice to work on a story I know doesn’t have sequel.

 

Are you doing NaNo this year? If so, how do you like it so far?

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