I have three works in progress. Technically four, but vampires are definitely back-burner right now. Practically off the stove, though I’ve had ideas for… you know what? Let’s do the ROW80 update first so we can talk about that.
It seems I’ve been a good little writer. I usually suffer from a constant fear of running out of ideas, because while my muse is good at keeping me entertained and always comes through for me, he’s also a bit of a stingy arse sometimes. I’ll have characters show up out of the blue, but no story to go with them. Or I’ll know that there’s more to a story, but I’m not allowed to see it until I finish the first part. In a way, it’s a blessing. It keeps me from trying to spread myself too thin. In another, it’s incredibly frustrating, because WHAT IF THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO OFFER?
No fear. Apparently finishing the draft of book 3 and reading it over earned me a bit of respect, and a few nights ago I filled a bunch more pages in my idea journal.
What I actually end up working on will depend on what readers want, of course. But if you like the world that Bound is set in, if you like the characters or are curious about certain bits of history… no spoilers, but you’ll be happy with my recent brain-vomit. I’m not going to say what or how much, but this world alone could keep me busy for the next four years.
But… I also had ideas for my vampires. If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember Shivva and co. Resurrection got fantastic responses from beta readers, but I haven’t had time to do anything with it. I also haven’t had time to finish drafting Sanctuary… but now I have ideas for three more novellas after those, and a bigger world than I expected.
And then there’s miss Catalen Sparrowhawk, who we’ve gotten to know a bit these past few weeks. I have no idea when I’ll get back to her, but I hope it’ll be before “Steampunk and related sub-genres” become as eyeroll-inducing to the general public as vampires are.
Not that that stopped my vampires from saying “shut up and write.”
So that’s my update. Lots of ideas, and I need to learn to manage my time better if I want any chance of getting them out to you before I get hit by a bus or something. Quality over quantity is always going to be my goal, but damn. It’s exciting to see the potential for quantity, too.
Today: visiting WIPpeteers/ROW80 people, on to scene 2 of book 3.
So here we are. Guys… I’m about out of things to share. Torn will be off for editing soon (how soon depends on a few factors that I won’t go into right now), and I’m about out of non-spoilers. And book 3, which I’m revising now, is ALL SPOILERS. I can’t show you some great snippets because just saying who’s in them would be Torn spoilers.
One more from Torn, and than I might be out for a few weeks.
Today is 12/10… so 3 very short paragraphs (1+2=3). No context. Two characters in conversation.
“Thank you. So what happens now?”
“Life goes on as it should, I suppose,” I said, remembering Celean’s words.
Florizel snorted and tossed her head. “Nothing is as it should be. Life will go on, but for now we settle for things as they should not be, or we strive to make them right.”
The head tossing will make more sense when you meet this character. 🙂
Okay, that’s really it, until it’s time for pre-release teasers. Mwa ha.
For more WIPpeteer fun, click here for the linkie. Lots of authors posting from works in progress, lots of genres, lots of… like, words and stuff. Thanks to KL Schwengel for hosting. If you want to join in, post a snippet from a work in progress on your own blog, and make the selection relate somehow to the day’s date. Then link back, and be sure to visit everyone else. It’s just more fun that way. 🙂
For details on ROW80 (when is this round over, anyway?), click here.
December 10th, 2014 at 10:58 am
Sounds like a horse of some kind. Anyway!! nice ROW80 update, really loooong. =P get to some organizing of that time, lady =P then tell me how you did it.
December 10th, 2014 at 11:31 am
Hope your muse continues to be giving! Wishing you all the best this next year!
December 10th, 2014 at 11:52 am
December 10th, 2014 at 12:28 pm
When you’re ready for a cover reveal, can I be part of that?
December 10th, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Of course! If all goes well, that will be happening some time late in February.
December 10th, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I’m so ready for them to come back! 🙂
December 10th, 2014 at 1:18 pm
I thought you’d like that. I want to have at least 3 stories ready to go before I publish, but we’ll see what happens next year. 🙂
December 10th, 2014 at 1:21 pm
I hope you can post more teasers!
*waits patiently for next year*
December 10th, 2014 at 4:15 pm
I’m sure I will when the time comes! As in, when I’m back to work on them. 🙂
December 10th, 2014 at 4:08 pm
Ooh, yep, Resurrection was awesome. I always thought I hated vampire stories, but TWO things I’ve beta-read in the last year have changed my mind.
Nice snippet. “Life goes on as it should, I suppose” just kind of sums up life, the universe, and everything. At least, for writers it does. 🙂
December 10th, 2014 at 5:33 pm
I have a similar relationship with my muse. I’ll get a scene but no story, or a character but no plot. I figure the muse gives me that initial image that gets me off and running, so maybe she’ll give me more if I just keep showing up at the page.
Good luck with all your projects!
December 11th, 2014 at 3:21 am
I love that response to the life goes on mentality. So true. Life might go on, but that doesn’t mean it’s left you unscarred.
And I’m thrilled to meet another writer whose muse is decidedly masculine! I thought I was the only one out there.
December 11th, 2014 at 7:57 am
Stephen King has his guys in the basement, too. We’re in good company. 🙂
December 11th, 2014 at 10:56 am
It’s not a bad position to be in to have nothing left to share because you’re reaching the end of a trilogy! Although hopefully we’ll then get bits of your others WIPs 🙂
December 11th, 2014 at 9:36 pm
I was just looking through my ‘journal’ of ideas and scenes, bits of scenes, character studies…it was easier than writing.
Shiv can come back any time she wants. So can Catalen. 😀
December 13th, 2014 at 1:06 am
Love that last line. Very true. 🙂
December 13th, 2014 at 9:53 pm
Your vampires weren’t eye-roll-inducing though, they were snarky and fun and awesome.
I discovered the bookshop at work has really beautiful journals on sale at the moment and once I get paid this week I’m getting one for a 2015 (and beyond) ideas journal. Because I need something pretty for that.
I love the excerpt as well. Such a good point in that last line. And I’m guessing perhaps a centaur or some such doing the head-tossing?