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?

2014 Goals and Hopes — January 1, 2014

2014 Goals and Hopes

Happy New Year everyone!

I seem to recall not setting any goals this time last year. That’s probably why it feels so much like this last year was without accomplishment.

Goals:

1- Finish the superhero book before mid-January
2- Finish my Woven rewrite before February’s end at latest
3- Edit Woven to its most polished by mid-April
4- Elevator pitch, query, and synopsis for Woven by mid-April
5- Write at least one other book this year
6- Edit at least one other book this year
Writing Goals: Now to 2013’s End — September 23, 2013

Writing Goals: Now to 2013’s End

All right. I didn’t post writing goals at the beginning of the year. Now, I’m posting this list to keep myself accountable.

1- Finish my rewrite of Woven by October’s end.
2- Spend October world-building and plotting on a new idea
3- Write said new idea in November (First-ever participation in NaNoWriMo here I come)
4- Revise Woven in December and have it ready for betas in the new year
5- Plot and world-build another book somewhere in there

Forgive me if blogging becomes a scarcity. I’m beginning a new job in a week and my schedule is going to be in flux.

What are your goals?

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?

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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.

Update Tuesday: 6/24-6/30 — July 3, 2012

Update Tuesday: 6/24-6/30

Wow. Where did the first half of the year go? I can’t believe it’s already July.

Let’s see. Woven is off to betas. Thank you so much to all those who offered. If I didn’t take you up on the offer, don’t despair. I may still need you a couple drafts from now.

While Woven is away for summer camp, I’ve been feverishly working on research for Jason McDaniels and the Hammer of the Gods. (That’s a mouthful so it will now be HOG for purposes of brevity.) I know I’ve been venting my research woes here on the blog. Thank you for putting up with that. I promise my blog posts will become more random instead of being stuck on Pete and Repeat.

I finished most of the research I needed to do. Enough that I could actually sit down on Saturday and plot out the entire book. This is going to be an adventure novel. I’m aiming for around 60-65K for word count. It’s YA, but a bit on the older end of the YA spectrum. I’m aiming to have it finished or mostly finished by the end of the month. It’s a tall order but I think I can fill it.

How are your WiPs going?