Dekker’s Dozen: Spawn of Ganymede is in the can… or at least it’s in the final stages (and then onto recording for audiobook and release). I’m also still editing like a madman… more of that this week.
This week, I’m hoping to complete my worldbuilding notes for my new fantasy, Ashes of Ailushurai, so I can fill in some blanks and round out some spots during the next round of edits (and then on to my next short story.
Also, I’m hoping to send out a couple lit agent queries for Fear in a Land Without Shadows.
I finished my new story, Ashes of Ailushurai in November. Not much more left to write this month… but I’m editing like crazy. I’m working on my daughter’s YA fantasy edits plus getting my nano project smoothed out with some editing software before a revision I’ll send to beta readers.
This week I’m hoping to get a few blogs loaded up and ready for publishing. I’m also hoping to watch a few modules from Mark Dawson’s course. I’ve got to learn how to market online better.
As for writing, I hope to finish recording at least half of what I have remaining for the Audible book on Wolf of the Tesseract 2. I also want to get my next round of edits done for my newest Dekker’s Dozen installment. I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the year (and I hope to be writing the final leg of the 3-story prequel set while I’m on winter vacation… end of Jan at the latest).
November is almost done and I thought I should give an update on my Nanowrimo project. I hit the winning 50k word count before Thanksgiving on my fantasy story The Ashes of Ailusurai. I’m hoping to complete it this week… the rough draft ought to be complete at about 75-80k…
I should also be back with my regular blog in December.
I do have several book reviews in my hopper and I hope to get to them in December, when I return, but I fully intend to take pause from my blog in November to concentrate on a nanowrimo project… it might be particularly challenging since I have every intention of first finishing my current scifi project (Spawn of Ganymede) and then launching directly into it!
If you’ve followed me at all (or especially if you know me personally), you know how prone I am to multitasking and spinning a few too many plates at any given time. I’m going to take a month-long hiatus from the blog all November long… so check back in December—hopefully I have awesome things to talk about with a new manuscript! (and there are still two more scheduled blog posts to come, in the meanwhile.)
I’m about 14,000 words deep into my next SF installment. I intend to write at least 7,000 more to complete it. If I can do that this week, I’d be pretty stoked. I did remember that I need to continue recording the audio for Wolf of the Tesseract 2. Maybe next week… this weekend I’ll be at Crypticon MPLS slinging books.
I’d very much like to outline what might be the most mainstream book idea I’ve been excited about. It involves Jack Churchill, Nazi mad scientists, and modern suburbia. We’ll see. It might be one of those ideas I don’t get to for years, but I wrote notes (Nanowrimo maybe?)
I had a big week… and not just because of all of the huge things happening in my work life, but rather in spite of it! Crazy busy, and yet, I found pockets of time to write (during which I was very focused: I’d sit down, write a scene, close my laptop, and then head to work, etc.)
I think I wrote probably 5,000-8,000 words or more last week. Some computer issues arose, even, and my Scrivener crashed… luckily I remembered reading some posts about the auto backup feature and I I recovered 1500 lost words in just a few minutes.
Mainly, I worked on the new Dekker’s Dozen story, which is coming along wonderfully. It’s a little more mystery/intrigue than the previous ones and I’m enjoying the layers of a story like that and even surprised myself with little things that developed as I wrote some scenes. (and those moments are what makes writing so much fun!)
More to come… I’d like to have Dekker’s Dozen: Spawn of Ganymede at 75% complete by the weekend. I think that goal is achievable.
This week I had a great time (as usual) at #mcba #fallcon which is one of Minnesota’s premiere conventions for creators. I got some more work in on the next Dekker’s Dozen story. It is the sequel to Weeds of Eden and is titled “Spawn of Ganymede.” It’s pretty well sketched out and all over but the writing. Hopefully it will wrap up in a couple weeks and weigh in around 20,000 words. More to do, so I’m gonna keep crackin!
So I had what felt like a productive week. I got a few blogs written for the future, talked with a few libraries over the weekend, and got some recording done in the studio. I was also offered a publishing contract… a pretty terrible contract—you can read about it when the blog releases in a few weeks (I had a story perform very well on Wattpad and one of their up and coming competitors offered me a check and continued royalties to sell out on it. No thanks.)
In the midst of all the political nonsense that continues to shake the western world I escaped and dedicated some time to write as a means of escaping and put down several thousand words this week in two different stories I’m working on.
Hopefully, more to come this week! I’d like to keep working on the new Dekker’s Dozen installment and finish the first chapter of my new fantasy (not a TKR title). Also, I gotta get that audiobook up for Darque Gates of Koth—TKR#1 just dropped the other day and has had a lot of downloads already… I gotta keep my momentum strong.
I got rough outlines done for the next Dekker’s Dozen novelette and for my untitled fantasy novel. I did some recording on a few new chapters for Wolf of the Tesseract: Darque Gates of Koth. There’s not much I can hope to do this week except continue on that course… refine outlines and keep recording.
My plan is to write a sample couple chapters on this fantasy WIP and then pitch it to the company who was talking with me (it’s in a shared universe). Hopefully I can get a thumbs up or down with a completed outline and an early sample. If it’s a no-go I can complete the story and remove some of the trademarked elements.
I’m also still waiting on getting Fear in a Land Without Shadows back from editing. That will be my priority once I get it back and I’m excited to get cracking on a final version around the time that the new Writers Market for Lit Agents releases.
I was able to complete my audio version of my Dekker’s Dozen prequel. I didn’t get much progress on the second WotT novel’s audio, but I will keep working at it this week!
I have a short story out on submission, now, and I’ve managed to start putting together for a kind of sword and sorcery tale. Once the outline is complete and ready I will pitch it to the folks over at SFR as it’s a story in the Dragon Dice game universe. When I last spoke with their execs, they were interested, but some time has lapsed and so I figure it’s worth putting together something solid to follow on the heels of their very successful Kickstarter campaign. If it ultimately doesn’t work out, I can always change a few of the world-building elements (places, trademarked race names, etc.) and have a solid one-shot fantasy.
I’m going to keep working on outlines for the untitled fantasy as well as the next Dekker’s Dozen outline (I’d like to have two more short stories in rough draft by Christmas) while I wait for my editor to get finished with Fear in a Land Without Shadows. It should be ready any week now.
In the meanwhile, I’m also booking self-publishing workshops and toying with the idea of starting a patreon page… but we’ll see.