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: 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.

Saints-of-Belvedere-Ebookweb

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 January 23, 2015.

coollogo_com-1761011869 (1)It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I didn’t work on any stories over December. Pushing myself in NaNoWriMo really knocked me for a loop and with the holidays, I didn’t think I could give them my full attention, so I focused more on my blog content.

Speaking of blogs, I now write articles for Gaiam TV. I had one come out around the beginning of the New Year, and another a week back. Its right up my alley too as most of the content I’ll be writing there I write here already.

So let’s get on with the update…

Novel: Down Finnegan’s Hollow

I did complete NaNo’s 50k limit wit this, but the story wasn’t finished. At least not until the end of the first week of January. There was only less than 10k left to write so it took about a week to finish up. It’s going away for now, at least until I finish up a few more WIPs.

Word count: 51,000

Novel: The Saints of Belvedere Road

I finished the revision I started several months ago, but I think I’ll take one more pass at it when the other WIPs are done, just to make sure I’ve connected it to the series, but I’ve read this over so many times I’m almost sick of it.

Novel: Survival Rules

I was chomping at the bit to get back to this story. I don’t know, there’s something about this book that’s really caught me. This will need some serious revisions when I’m finished as I keep writing in things as I go. You could say this is a zombie novel, but I don’t want too. I’m trying hard to keep from using that word in this book.

I’m at chapter eleven and there’s at least five or six more chapters to write. Depending on what pops up to chase my characters.

Word count: 64,304

Novel: Book 6 of paranormal series

I have about three chapters written on this. I’m still torn whether or not to write a second companion novel, or include the chapter I’ve already written, into the sixth book.  I think I have three more books in this series and then, that’s it. I’m not going to work on it until the other two are finished, so it might be late spring by the time I get to it. That’s fine with me. I’m in no hurry

Writing Update for July, 25, 2014

writingJuly is almost over. Wow, time sure does fly by…

Book Five: The Prophecies of Mortals:

I do believe this book is almost ready. A couple more stops and then it’ll be good to go. I’m still looking at a late autumn/early winter release date, but at least I know things are going to be good with this.

 

Book Six: Awaken the Herald

I’ve got a couple chapters written on this. I’ve been lax on this one, focusing more on the companion novel, but I’d still like to get the first draft of this and another companion novel done by the end of summer. Maybe even the end of October. That would give me piles of time to edit and what not.

 

Companion Novels: The Saints of Belvedere Road

I’ve finished the second round of revisions and I’m going to leave it alone for now. I did change some things with the plot but I need to pin-point the locations more.

 

Novel: Slaughter Rules

I’ve got a few chapters down on this. I’ve been poking at it on weekends and such. It’s third in my writing cue, right behind Awaken the Herald and the second companion novel.

 

Script: Marked

Speaking of poking at things, I finished the second revision on my script. It needs one more, I thought of something to make the motivation for one of the bad guys more plausible, I just have to write it in now. Still not sure what I’m going to do with it when it’s done.

 

So how is your writing coming along

Friday Writing Update

Friday Writing Update

I had a horrible week, writing wise, but on a good note,

my first blog post is up at The Write Angle. Go look now!

www.fromthewriteangle.com/2011/04/are-you-entitled-to-that-title.html

AGENT

I didn’t send any queries out this week. Giving myself a chance to catch up on the ones I did. It’s been over a month for some of them, and I need to go back to the websites and see which ones have that ’If you don’t hear from us by…” clause.  

NOVEL: Saints Of Belvedere Road.

Finished the re-working. Wow, I like it so much better.

SHORT STORY N/A

SCRIPT: N/A

Friday Writing Update

Friday Writing Update

If I haven’t seen it yet on my blog or Facebook page, I am part of a new blog group, and we went live this morning. Actually, someone got hyper and went live at Midnight. Here is the link to the blog:

http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/

We’re on Twitter too!

http://twitter.com/#!/WriteAngleBlog

And have a Facebook Fan page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/From-the-Write-Angle/200798206616812

This is a group of people who not only represent a wide range of genre’s, but we are all at different steps in our writing career; from newly agented to still searching, to published. There’s even a script writer (or two) in there too.   

AGENT

I thought I was done querying, I was wrong. I found about a dozen more agents, including one in Canada. Thank-you Query Tracker. If you haven’t created an account here, I’d do so. Very valuable in every part of your submission process, BUT—I do suggest you check out the agency the agent works for. As up to date as this site is, sometimes things get overlooked. I found a few agents that do take email subs, but it’s not listed.    

 

NOVEL: Guardian

Still trying to break my ‘edit’ mode. I’m managing about 500 new words a day on this, but I’m still working on piecing things into the old story. I have a rough outline for the next few chapters as well, or however many it takes to get them off the asteroid. I’m introducing the female character soon and will have a few parts in her POV, but I don’t head-hop.

Saints

Re-working the third chapter after a wonderful look/see from A.R. Williams. Now before anyone slams me for not having my MS ready, it is ready. He’s just pointed out some things to make it stronger.     

SHORT STORY

I got a response from the editor I sent STRINGS too. It’s passed his review, and is not on to the second round. Keep your fingers crossed. Still haven’t heard anything for FRIES WITH THAT, but I plan on sending out a feeler around the middle of April.   

SCRIPT: N/A

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