Friday, September 24, 2010


I'm taking a writing and blogging break for the next month or so. If I do post, it will probably be about video games or something else unrelated to writing.

I'm considering doing NaNoWriMo this November, and even if I don't, my goal to dive into a new maunscript is November 1.

So...see you guys in November!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New WIP Codename: Ashfall

I've decided what to work on next. Actually, I decided a bit ago, but I was having trouble locating...what was that thing called? Oh, yes. A plot. I think I finally found it! Hooray!

When I write, I tend to plot out important events - opening and ending at least - then plop down and start slogging through. Before that, I spend a good deal of time on worldbuilding. The Ashfall world is going to be a big complex one, hopefully a place where I'll be able to spend a lot of time. Right now, I see an arc that should make this a trilogy. Fun! (Keeping in mind, of course, to make #1 "stand alone.")

I'm enjoying this time spend pondering and creating. I think it might be my favorite part.

Here's a sketch of the only city in my world, a domed metropolis on a nightless, super heated planet, and the underground below it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Free Range Brain

Though I am still checking my inbox every second all the time fast heartbeat for each new email I get...I'm pretty relaxed.

Why? Because the shackles of revising and editing have been RELEASED!

Free Range Brain is CREATING again.

Omnomnomnomnomnom! Ideas and worldbuilding! Characters development! NEW CHARACTERS! Omnomnomnom!

That bunny is my hungry brain. That...uh...table cloth thing (?) is the oyster that is my ENTIRE WORLD.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What now?

I have to admit, I'm going to enjoy a break from revising. I know I'll be tweaking and polishing HOUND as I go through the query process. I also know that late September will be filled with video games (FFXIV and Civ V yessssssssss).

But even before I finished HOUND and sent it out, my mind was already leaking into old and new ideas for other novels. Actually, that was part of the reason I knew I was ready to query. For the first time in two years (excluding Jan-March 2010, where I took a much needed break), HOUND wasn't filling all corners of my mind. Even during revisions, with the bulk of the manuscript/story complete, I still spent hours - every walk, shower and car ride - with Kumari and her world playing in my thoughts.

I walk to and from work (half mile each way) every day. I jam out on my Ipod and hammer out scenes. About a month ago, those scenes stopped being about HOUND and started revisting other ideas...because, well, I had figured out my novel. Kumari's story was complete.

Now I have to decide what project will come next. Soulless sand people? My space opera series? HOUND's sequel? A crazy domed city locked in a war between sciene and faith? A dystopian Earth ruled by knowledge stealing creatures?

My well overflows. I simply need to pick my next pen.