National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a bit more than half over, so it’s a good time to talk about what we’re writing. Some of us are participating in NaNoWriMo, but many of us have our hands full with other works in progress. This week, we talk about what we’re working on.
I’m working on getting my high fantasy published, (I’m in the pits of query letters) and I’m about to start writing a contemporary about an extraordinary bookstore, which is for NaNoWriMo.
We are just over halfway through NaNoWriMo and I have so many works in progress. I’m currently attempting to focus on finishing a YA sci-fi novel, along with book four of The Narvan, a couple short stories, and rewriting a silly fantasy novel from years ago that is in desperate need of a middle.
I have several things going on at once right now because I have little-to-no focus. I’m editing Book One of “The Other World“, while writing the first draft of Book Two. I’m also writing a companion novel to “Nowhere to Hide” tentatively titled “Nowhere to Run“. Also I’m still working on my erotic shorts – under a pen name – and I had this idea for a compilation book that I’m keeping secret for now.
Currently I’m waiting on final beta feedback, final review and cover art for my 4th book, The Bloodied Army. By the time you read this, I should also be busy writing the rough draft of the 5th book, which I think will be titled The Drowning Dark — but don’t take that as permanent, I’m still considering my options.
While I don’t really have a work in progress, I do have several ideas on paper waiting for me to get to them. Fortunately, they’re waiting patiently. I think the story I have “in the works” that I like best though is one about a group of bats who lose their home to deforestation and find refuge in a library.
Still working on the one I’ve mentioned before. (Progress has slowed due to outside sources of stress and anxiety making “write every day” no longer remotely practical. At least one of the worst sources of that will be over by the time this answer is posted.)
Project Quintessence, when I finally get satisfied enough with it to publish, will be a young adult science fantasy novel. In a world much like ours, the laws of physics change when a young woman from a fantasy world arrives; and the first people she meets join her in creating and piloting a series of aether-powered mecha, in an attempt to have some influence over what else changes because of her presence.
I actually have three works in progress: a sequel in my series, a split-off series, and a new book only sort of related.
I’ve just started revising a project that started over a decade ago. I wrote out a messy first draft during several Nanowrimos but never went back to it for fear of not —as a novice writer — doing it justice. It’s a story set in London amid the rise of rave and ecstasy culture in club land:
Sixteen year old Stella needs a job and a place to live. She walked out of her parents’ house after a row with her dad. She’d rather starve than grovel and go back to that snidy twit and her alcoholic mother. Her friends’ parents think she’s a troublemaker and the only person who can help her is dreadlocked pot dealer Malo, who she is smitten with, but he’ll only let her stay at his squat if she agrees to pedal his wares.
Determined to find herself a decent job, quit the dealing and prove to her father he’s got her all wrong, Stella finds herself caught between a world whose opportunities for the young depend on what side of the tracks you roll along — preferably gold plated ones — and a dangerous criminal underworld that doesn’t want to relinquish its grip.
In a bid to save Malo from having his legs broken, she claims responsibility for his drug debts but flees to London to escape the dealers and possibility of imprisonment. Despite her best efforts to get her head down and on with her work, the capital is already flooded with MDMA and little pills of pleasure are literally a licence to print money. They even have dollar signs stamped on some of them!
In the midst of one of the biggest youth music movements of the twentieth century, Stella has one tough choice to make: stay on the straight and narrow with a job she hates, scratching around for pennies to pay off her debts, or cash in, ride the rave wave, doing what she loves best — partying — and maybe find true love along the way.
Now that my writing and editing skills are up to measure, I’m determined to tackle it and make it into the story I’ve always envisioned it to be. It still won’t leave me alone, so I know I have to see it through to the end. But it’s now become three books instead of one (the above is a rough synopsis of the whole three projects), which makes it a little easier to get my head around. Each will work as a standalone story but still with an overarching plot running through all three. There’s a lot of research to do, which is daunting. The story starts right at the end of the 1980s, before the internet really existed. It’s hard to find stuff online, especially when it comes to laws from back then. I’ve got a lot of criminal activity going on — obviously — and it needs to sound authentic and gritty, not caricature. But hey-ho, such is the writing life, eh?
Aside from my own novels, I’m also still working on my online classes at Skillshare. But that’s something I expect will be ongoing for many years. I love editing and teaching workshops as much as I enjoy writing my own stuff.
There’s a loaded question. First, I started a NaNoWriMo project at the beginning of this month. With any luck it will be in the Literary genre when it’s finished. Second, I’m working on editing the first two books and writing the third of my, up to now, three part series, “The Great Dagmaru,” a Gothic paranormal romance, about a stage magician who is an incubus. Third, I’m working on a Gothic horror novel with a working title, “Gargoyle.” Fourth, I’m putting together a memoir about parenting my Deaf son as a hearing parent. The title of that will be, “Don’t Talk with your Hands Full.” Back to work!!
This is depressing, because my works in progress haven’t changed in about 2 years. I’m still trying to get my science fiction/fantasy novel GREYSPACE finished/launched (near miss with a publisher, huge miss with Kickstarter) and making slow progress on the sequel to IN SIEGE OF DAYLIGHT (the cheerily titled END OF DREAMS).
My current work is tentatively titled “Hush Little Baby,” a contemporary adult urban fantasy about Otherkin and skin-walkers. My lead character is a psychotic homeless woman. It’s requiring more research, of course. Less particle physics, and more neurophysiology. When I take a bite, it’s a big one. 😉
I’m honestly having a hard time working on any one project right now. Jasper’s sequel is on the backburner, but I’m working on a few short stories at a few-paragraphs-at-a-time pace. I’m also waiting for responses from magazines about other stories I sent out.
NaNoWriMo gave me a great excuse to continue working on Journey to Ariadne, which is a web serial, not a novel. However, life got in the way (that is, work got busy) and I haven’t done much at all. The next two weeks are a lot freer for me, so I hope to at least salvage a 40% complete for NaNoWriMo. But we’ll see.
Journey to Ariadne is a prequel to my debut novel, which is tentatively titled Knights of Ariadne. In the prequel, a mission to send colonists to the planet Ariadne in the Beta Comae Berenices system has a few difficulties to get off the ground. Of course, they are successful, as the novel takes place on that world. In Knights of Ariadne, we explore the new world, following a group of children who were among the first born on the planet. The environment has had an unusual effect on their development, though. This science fiction novel has an element of fantasy, and is set to be the first installment of an entire series of novels.
I have a second work in progress about a terminally ill man who’s aiming to complete a simple bucket list: visit every planet in the Solar System before he dies. It’s a mix of hard sci-fi and thriller, and will be available as a series of novellas.
How about you?
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