Back in Business — April 19, 2018

Back in Business

Hi folks. Sorry about the long silence. Life and all that. But after some technical failures and some reshuffling, we are back in business. There probably still won’t be much content from me here but I will put more out than I have been. I hope.

WiP Wednesday 5/25/2016 — May 26, 2016

WiP Wednesday 5/25/2016

Right, I was going to post progress updates on the blog for now. Sorry for neglecting that.

I’ve made small progress in the current fantasy WiP. This one is switching POVs back and forth, though the female lead is getting more screen time than the male lead. This one’s a traditional fantasy set in the same universe as Woven. But it’s not tied into the overall storyline Woven is part of.

The WiP is currently sitting at a little over 14K. I’m aiming for 70K for this first draft. We’ll see if the story stretches that far in this first go. I tend to add sub-plots and twists once I’ve got the story out on paper.

Reopening The Blog — May 3, 2016

Reopening The Blog

I have officially decided to reopen the writing blog. I still have the cosplay blog over at the cosplaywrite.blogspot.com address. But at least for purposes of blogspot, I’m going to retain some separation. There won’t be frequent postings here for now save for WiP Wednesdays to try to keep myself motivated.

If you have a question you’re dying to ask me, something you want me to address here on my site, or an interview or other similar request, send it to info(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com General email can be sent to stephanie(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

Friendly Reminder! — December 23, 2014

Friendly Reminder!

Friendly reminder that my blog has moved. If you have novicewriterchronicles.blogspot.com redirecting to stephanie-mcgee.com you will need to update to either my domain or cosplaywrite.blogspot.com to see new content from me.

Today has a cover reveal and excerpt for Heroes and Villains Book 3: Even Villains Have Interns by Liana Brooks

New Start — November 15, 2014

New Start

Hello friends.

You may or may not be reading this since I took the blog off my custom domain. If you are, you’ll want to delete this bookmark.

I’ve decided that it’s time to retire this particular blog. With a fresh start to my writing career comes a fresh start to the way I approach some of my social media.

My new blog is currently linked at http://www.stephanie-mcgee.com and is on Blogspot as cosplaywrite.blogspot.com. The latter will redirect to the custom domain. I’m still playing around with some settings and some layout stuff at the new blog so bear with any hiccups, please.

Mental Health and Writing. Specifically My Mental Health — September 15, 2014

Mental Health and Writing. Specifically My Mental Health

I may be nearing a point where I’m itching to get back into writing. There’s been an occasional urge, but I was so busy getting ready for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 that I didn’t.

But I’m close. I can feel the muse stirring again and asking to get some exercise. Which is a good thing. Keeping her healthy keeps my creativity healthy and keeps things balanced.

So you may someday soon see me tweeting again about writing and editing. But maybe not too soon, yeah?

Inspiration After Walking Away — August 26, 2014

Inspiration After Walking Away

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been on inspiration pinning sprees. Why would I do this if I’ve walked away from writing?

Because maybe someday I will come back to writing. And if I do, won’t it be nice to have a bunch of lovely images ready to pull me back into the story worlds I’ve currently left?
A very short post but one that was pestering me to be written.
The Future: A Long, Hard Look — July 16, 2014

The Future: A Long, Hard Look

Friends, I think it’s high time I admit defeat. It’s been a long journey to this point. Five years ago when I sat down and decided to get serious about this writing thing, I was happily oblivious.

Writing was still fun back then. Writing hadn’t sapped the joy from everything else yet. Writing hadn’t become ONE MORE THING I had┬áto get done in a day. Daily word count goals weren’t something to feel guilty about not meeting.
Having a life, interests and hobbies outside of reading and writing weren’t something to feel guilty for enjoying.
I’m tired of feeling like a BAD PERSON for not writing. For not reading. I long for the days when reading was a pleasure and a joy, not one more thing I should be doing.
All this to say that I am walking away. Forever? I don’t know. It could be forever, it could be for a month or two. Probably at the very least, until next year.
But frankly, I may never write again. Why should I when I’m no good at it, as people are all too fond of telling me.
WiP Wednesday 4/20/14 to 4/26/14 — April 30, 2014

WiP Wednesday 4/20/14 to 4/26/14

Crazy busy week last week, but I did manage to get a little bit of work in.

I wrote and revised and rewrote my query for Woven several times in the last week. (I even got a critique on it by an awesomely nice real-live agent.) That’ll get revised a couple more times in May before I start querying Woven in June.

Character sheets for the superhero short story I’m working on were created this last week. Those are mostly done. I’ll still continue to tweak them and expand them as the days go by. However, I have also started writing the short story. I think you’re going to like these characters, friends. Keep your fingers crossed it gets accepted for the anthology I’m submitting it to.

The short story stands just shy of 850 words right now. The first draft is due at the end of the week. (Deadline I set for myself.) I should make it there piece of cake.

First round of revisions are nearly done on the first superhero novella (hereon referred to as RotWR). I’m rewriting the ending so it’s more action-packed and stuff which is why it’s going a bit slower than it should.

How are your WiPs going?

LDStorymakers 2014 Conference — April 28, 2014

LDStorymakers 2014 Conference

I don’t get to go to writer’s conferences very often. (I’m still finding my feet in this adult world I’ve found myself in.) But when I do, I generally come away feeling a mix of super-motivated and overwhelmed-by-my-suckitude.

I shouldn’t, but I do.

This past weekend was the annual LDStorymakers conference. I’ve been to it once before. It’s a pretty awesome conference, if I may say so. (Since I have nothing else to compare it to, I may be biased.) This year was just as good (if not a teensy bit better) than when I went two years ago.

Two years ago, I was in the early rounds of revisions on Woven. I’d only finished the manuscript maybe six months before the conference back then. Now it’s been through many revisions, a change of POV which required heavy rewriting in sections of the book, and more revisions are to come.

I came away from Storymakers feeling totally inspired and buoyed up in my own abilities and with more confidence in my ability to revise effectively.

There were awesome classes and awesome people. I can’t wait to dig into this next set of revisions. I think my favorite class may have been the genre mashup class. It was just plain fun and taught by two very awesome people. (One’s a Whovian of some degree! Total win!) But maybe it was the one on creating great villains. Or the one about navigating revisions. (She was not afraid to tell us that crit groups can have their cons alongside the pros. I’ve definitely been in crit groups that weren’t helpful or viable.)

Or maybe it was the one on the author-agent relationship. You get the drift? So many amazing classes. The conference center was jam packed with people all there for the same reason. To learn and improve and grow.

I’ve set solid deadlines for myself so if you see me goofing off online anywhere, Tsk at me and tell me to get back to work.