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Sunday Report: July 20

This week hasn’t been as physically productive as I’d like with the fibro kicking in again, but it has been full of creative energy.  I will so take it.  I’m excited about some of the developments that I’ve made.

What I’ve accomplished the past week:

  • Everything on the blog except an excerpt.
  • Started getting the GLIIH sorted out and projects named.  (And in the process discovered that I want to do more webcomics/graphic novels than I have artistic skill for.)
  • A LOT of work on the planning/pre-writing side of the Soldaris Saga, including some very important epiphanies that break down most of the blocks that have had me stalled out.
  • Started a new draft of the Soldaris Saga that accounts for the expanded/divided books that were previously just the first book.
  • Figured out some of  what I need to do with the YA project formerly known as Shadowfighter.
  • Made a new playlist for a project that’s been floating around in the back of my head since 2009, but realized that the collaboration I want to do on this idea with people who are much more famous than I am means it’s a very long-term project.  Need to build up my own credentials first.
  • Went to a book signing/reading by Tracy and Laura Hickman, and had a nice chat about writing with some real pros.

What I’d like to accomplish this week:

  • Finish sorting the GLIIH.  A lot of the ideas are fairly generic and can be used as short stories or elements of bigger stories, so I’ve been having a hard time classifying them into distinct categories.
  • Finish the last draft of the Soldaris Saga that I was working on (because it was maybe 5k words from the end when I got disgusted and stopped) and send it out to my beta readers.
  • Come up with a new name for the YA project formerly known as Shadowfighter.
  • Somehow maybe convince my very artistically talented brother that he wants to help me with my more visual projects?
  • Catching up on beta-reading projects for friends that got put aside during the depression.
  • Write and post some fanfiction.  I’ve missed it.
  • Do some visual updating of the blog.  Not sure I like the theme I have right now.

Article: Abandoned Shopping Malls

Every once in a while I stumble onto a photo-essay that contains pictures that inspire me.   I’m going to call these ones idea fodder articles more than industry articles.

Since a lot of (my YA series that used to be called) Shadowfighter took place in different parts of the local mall at different points in the year, this one from Slate  really kicked my imagination into high gear.    I think it’s really neat how things change… and how some things don’t change at all.

And then some things just get filled with fish.

Lots of idea fodder here.  Time to go play with some fishies.

Character Highlight: Thomas Moore

Today’s character highlight goes back to one of my oldest projects.  This is how things stand currently.  With the way I’m thinking of revisiting, revising, and rewriting the whole thing, however…  Some of this is definitely subject to change!

Name:  Thomas Moore
Project:  The YA project that was titled Shadowfighter before I discovered Cassandra Clare (new name yet to be determined) (more…)

State of the writer

Life has been super-busy lately, but I wanted to give everyone a brief update on where I stand with my writing projects.  (more…)

Fear of the Dark

It’s always serendipitous in a freaky sort of way when you’re writing a really tense scene about being chased in a thunderstorm… and Van Canto’s cover of Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden pops up on random in Spotify.   Hence the title of the entry…   Doesn’t help that my vertigo is making the shadows in the room look like they’re moving!

So I started out on Camp Nanowrimo with the intention of making a serious dent in the rewrite of the first book of the Soldaris saga.  That’s changed.

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New Year

I’ve decided for the new year that I’m not going to make any promises to myself about how often, and when, I am going to write on this blog.  I will make promises about how much I will write in general, and what sort of steps I need to take to get published this year, and just generally about being awesome.

I got dragged along with my family to some tubing thing at Soldier Hollow for my dad’s work the other night.  Snow sports are just not my thing, what with the snow flying up in your face and it wasn’t warm AT ALL the other day.  So I sat in the lodge with my notebook  and my mp3 player while they all went down the hill a few times.    I am quite pleased to say that I made a major breakthrough in the mythology/legends that have been giving me a lot of trouble on the Soldaris saga.

And while I know that it is far too early to start thinking about  supplementary, pretty books along the lines of Beedle the Bard, I think I’d love to do an illustrated version of these myths and legends once I have them all set down and refined.   This weekend I plan to sit down and write them all out the way that children’s bible stories go, or something like that.  I’m not going for a Silmarillion here.  I’m going for something that is more accessible both to me and to the public.    That’s going to be my big project in the next two weeks, along with studying for a national licensing exam for my “day job”.

More long term goals for this year include entering Writers of the Future every quarter until I finally win (could take a couple of years, I acknowledge),  collecting more rejection letters for my wall, attending the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium,  managing to sell my first book, and self-publishing Shadowfighter.  It’s a project that I still love dearly, but I don’t think it has a place in traditional publishing.  If someone wanted to pick it up later, they could, but for now, I think self-published is the way to go with that one.   So those are my big goals in writing this year.    I think perhaps, if I could sum all these big goals up in one sentence, it would be to quit my day job and write for a living by the end of the year.

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.  But I can do this.  🙂

Revising old work into something new

The last few months have been sort of challenging for me.   I’ve been trying to maintain a decent university GPA while trying to make a living while trying to get over some health issues.  In the back of my head since the beginning of December, I’ve been feeling the urge to work on  Shadowfighter again.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, Shadowfighter is the novel I wrote in tenth grade.  It was handwritten, and I’ll admit that over half of it was written in Mr. Jensen’s world history class.  (It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested in history, but rather that it came more easily to me than most of my classmates, but I digress.)   It followed the journey of Erin Allen from naive, stupid 15-year-old, to awesome warrior woman.

Or at least that’s what I thought when I was 16 and writing this.

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