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Monday, May 20, 2013

Current Projects 2013


I feel a little like anyone who lists out their current work(s) in progress should be given a medal. Or maybe those crazy writers should get a superhero outfit, with tight 80's neon-yellow spandex, a long blue cape, and some badass leg warmers that spit out acid into the evildoer's face. Evil in this case being laziness. Or procrastination.

HELLA' PROJEKTS.

Hmm, not procrastinating with this topic. Not at all.

In an effort to become more prolific than one novel like every four years, I've set my sights on working on several projects at once, rather than my super monogamous stance on previous projects. Though at this point it's really difficult with the all encompassing glow of novel-love happening. I feel like I should really indulge in some writing polyamory and spread 'round the love to multiple writing goals at one time. Yep that's right, fellow writers. Here's how it should go:

Phase #1: Write more
Phase #3: Something about a loss of underpants

So here are my current swingin' projects (sans pants):

1. Beginning edits for the Behemoth Steampunk Novel: And depending on how I'm feeling that day, it's either titled The Fragile Spiral, or Of Automatons, Monsters, and Men. This was my 2012 NaNo book, which because 50K is nowhere near the end for how I write, it wound up at 160K. I finished it in January. I think the ground work is fairly solid, but because I'm a pantser, it'll take some serious work. Seeing as I've decided the last 1/3 of the book doesn't work and went in a shitty direction, I'll be re-writing a bunch. I printed it out and it's a whopping 540 pages...

2. New Novel Project: I've been absolutely determined to both edit a novel rough draft, and outline a new one. There've been three ideas I've bandied around, but I think I might settle on expanding one of my short story ideas into novel length. It'll involve troubadour-spies, singer-assassins, space stations, coup d'etats, political backstabbing, and hopefully a space battle or two. Hell, three. Four? But we'll see if I can lean away from the Steampunk project just a little...

3. Editing and writing more short stories: I'm a terrible short story writer. I don't mean that my short stories are terrible (at least not all of them), it's just that they're some of my weakest writing skills. Short is not my forte. It's not in my superhero kit yet, though I keep trying. Seeing as 90% of my novel projects start out as a short story, it's not a bad idea to keep writing them.

4. ACTUALLY SUBMIT STUFF: Ahem. I've pretty much only sub'd out one horror short so far, but at least the editors requested a hold on it. So that's nice. I tend to kind of fade out when I'm submitting stuff because it's so tedious and boring. And did I mention tedious? Like I have to track all my submitting shit like it's a piece of lost luggage at multiple airports. Not my favorite part of being a writer, but I realize a necessary one.

Anyhoo, there you have it. Spandex, leotard, cape, and all.

This topic brought to you by the superheroes of the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, where you can fly through the air with your cape, and change into your super secret suit in phone booths (if you can find one these days). Up next is Gillroy Cullens on the tour.

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At May 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous G R Colorado said...

I agree with you. Writers do sound like superheros at times, cape and all.
I wish you luck, your game plan seems well thought out.
I'm a big fan of submitting so I can appreciate the thought behind it.

 

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