WiP Wednesday 11/14/12 — November 14, 2012

WiP Wednesday 11/14/12

This should have been a short post seeing as how I’m taking November and December off from writing.

Theoretically.

You see, telling the universe you’re taking a hiatus from something like writing is just giving the universe a big reason to say, “I dare you to try.”

I’m going to confess to not entirely taking the two months off so far. I’m not doing anything with urgency, but I am continuing every so often to type up more of Curse of Life and also get everything set for the next book I want to write.

Also, there’s that pesky thing called a query that I’m trying to perfect for continuing rounds of querying on Woven.

In the meantime, the universe is enjoying toying with me. I have another snippet of dialogue for the book I want to start in January. It’s currently titled Soul Eater, but that’s just a filler until I actually start writing. My brain keeps trying to switch things around in the MC’s backstory for that book as well.

And where the universe Woven is set in is concerned, I’ve now got a timeline idea for how the world evolves about 1800 years into the future from all the books that take place in Woven‘s time and all its related books. Which is an interesting concept to have running in my head. It’s now just waiting for the right story to convince me to make it a reality.

But these two months are supposed to be about tackling my TBR pile and finally getting them read. Some of these have been on the TBR shelf for a year or more. Which is sad because I’ve now realized that if I don’t read the book within a reasonable time frame (a month perhaps, not sure) I struggle to get up the motivation to actually read it.

How are your WiPs going?

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WiP Wednesday — October 10, 2012

WiP Wednesday

So, for some reason, I’ve gone back to a MWF schedule. Not sure how that happened, but it works I guess.

Woven is fully line-edited and those edits are in the manuscript. This week I’ve got to get on my mom’s computer and work on the formatting in Word. I don’t write with Word on my computer. I use a different program that lets me export to Word, but formatting gets eaten quite often when exporting. So I’ll have to work on that and create files that are not allowed to be opened on my computer for the querying process. I’m working on the synopsis and query at the moment, as well.

Curse of Life is nearing completion. It’s so close I can taste it. I’m hoping to have it done this week. I left off at the end of last week with my MC preparing to give her rally the troops speech. I’m aiming for President Mitchell in Independence Day but it might end up, in first draft, more Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman. That’s what revisions are for, right?

All right, I have to go ahead and add in the full update. I was going to wait for next week, but I couldn’t. I FINISHED CURSE OF LIFE!!!!!!

Such a relief to finally have this book drafted after several months of inconsistent writing. Now starts the laborious process of typing up the manuscript. I wrote this one longhand, and it’s a long one. This book was also an interesting experience for me. Which I’ll blog more about on Friday. Or next Monday. I have to sort my brain a bit.

I worked some on the background for another book set in the same universe as Woven, but occurring about 15 years after the end of Heirs of the Seven Realms ends. It is currently tiled Raven.

How are your WiPs going?

If you have a question you’re dying to ask me, something you want me to address either here on my site or over at the Dojo, send it to info(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

Comments and other fun stuff can be sent to stephanie(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

The Downside of Traditional or Epic Fantasy — October 8, 2012

The Downside of Traditional or Epic Fantasy

In re-evaluating the self-imposed deadlines I set for myself, I started thinking about the wisdom of writing the books sitting in my brain.

On the one hand, I feel like there are so many characters and stories in there right now there isn’t room for more, for different. That’s the biggest factor that makes writing these stories right now so appealing.

On the other hand, all these books hinge on Woven and its trilogy getting published. Events that are the crux of the story in Heirs of the Seven Realms inform the events of pretty much everything else. Characters sometimes cross over from book to book, and sometimes one story’s book will have a side or tertiary character whose offspring appears later.

Someone remind me not to ever come up with and entertain so many stories that cross each other again, okay?

If you have a question you’re dying to ask me, something you want me to address either here on my site or over at the Dojo, send it to info(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com 

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WiP Wednesday 9/23-9/29 — October 3, 2012

WiP Wednesday 9/23-9/29

By last Friday, I’d finished my on-paper line edits of Woven. I say on-paper because I actually had the book printed and coil-bound. Until this point, everything I had done with the book, every draft (save the rough because I wrote that by hand) was done on the computer. I need a format change after six rounds of edits on the computer. It helps me catch things and is more easily navigable than a word processing file if I need to flip back to the previous page for a moment.

After that it was time to input all those line edits into the computer. As I’m doing this, I’m also following a process for synopsis writing which I outlined a while back, probably about a year or so ago. So when I get done inputting the line edits for a chapter, I add that chapter to my synopsis.

How in the world do you make a synopsis only two pages long? Really? Two chapters took up an entire page. And I have 29 chapters!

As for Curse of Life that one’s chugging along. But I was still a ways from finishing as of last Friday. No way was I going to make my deadline of end of day Sunday. Not unless I took Sunday as a writing day instead of a relaxing day.

So, needless to say, I’ve missed two more self-imposed deadlines. I think, though, I set myself up for failure with the deadlines I set. I think it would take a superhuman or a time traveler to work at the pace I tried to set for myself. So I’m currently in the process of reevaluating my deadlines and pushing timelines back.

How are your WiPs going?

Clothing: Does it Matter? — October 1, 2012

Clothing: Does it Matter?

Of course it matters. I’m not a closet nudist or anything.

But in our writing. Does it matter?

In Woven, I’m very generic. Cloaks, skirts, shawls, scarves. That’s the extent of my description except in one instance where I really wanted to capture the moment and try to give a good description of the MC. It was my way of avoiding the dreaded mirror trope.

But I have this very specific idea in my head for what the characters are wearing, what they look like. And I can’t find anything historically accurate for any time period that actually reflects what’s in my head.

With Curse of Life I have an even bigger challenge. This one is set in a desert clime. I initially pictured the MC in my mind dressed like Princess Jasmine.

Which is not historically accurate. So far as I can tell. You see, when it comes to anything- history, fashion history, culture, music, any of it- the internet doesn’t care about anything but Europe and America.

Which stinks. Because there’s a massive world out there to pull from. It’s varied, it’s vibrant, and it’s unique.

And that’s the problem.

So now I sit here at my desk with my head feeling ready to explode wondering if it really matters what my characters are wearing. Can I get away with being generic? I have an image inspiration for one character from Curse of Life but finding images for the other characters, for all the characters in every story in my head, is going to prove a greater challenge.

So far, I really like a variety of clothing styles. All of which stem from the 1700s-1800s and would really only work for the kingdom in which Woven is primarily set. Curse of Life has a greater fashion challenge and is the one making me question whether I really need to expend so many brain cells on it when I should be writing or editing.

What say you? Do you find clothing descriptions more helpful if they’re generic? Or do you like getting a hint of a specific style without the author going overboard on technical terms?

Updates? — September 27, 2012

Updates?

I suppose I should put out an update. Sorry I’ve been so irregular in my posting since my return.

As for updates, well, I really tried to meet my deadline last Saturday and it just didn’t happen. I worked a lot more than I anticipated last week and it just sapped my energy. I really tried. I did work on edits and writing most days but not enough. So I’m pushing to make deadlines this week, but it’s also not going to happen. I’ll be really close, though.

These are just self-imposed deadlines that don’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. But it’s frustrating to me that I haven’t met my goals like I anticipated and hoped.

How are your WiPs going?

Er…Did I Say Tuesday? — September 19, 2012

Er…Did I Say Tuesday?

Because apparently I meant Wednesday. Yeesh.

Life is crazy, as it always is. But I’m making steady progress.

A few weeks ago I sat down and looked at the queue of writing projects sitting in my head, waiting to be written.

There are a lot of them. I definitely had a quake-in-my-boots moment over that. So I sat down and laid out a whole bunch of self-imposed deadlines for all those projects.

It’s a bit insane, let me tell you.

But so far, I’ve met my deadlines. Which is really just one deadline.

I have a deadline this Saturday for my line edits and such on Woven but I’m not so certain I’ll be able to make that.

My next deadline is for Curse of Life draft 1 and that’s the last day of September. I might make it if I really push but I might miss it.

I have all sorts of other deadlines interspersed throughout and will at one point soon, I hope, have a manuscript in the query stage, one in the revision stage, one in the drafting stage, and one in development/research stage.

Also, if I make all my deadlines I’ll have something ready to start working on when NaNo comes around. It’ll be my first time participating in this and I am really looking forward to the prospect.