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State of the Drafts, Labor Day Edition

(Or pre-Labor Day, in this case!)

Most of my time the past few months has been spent editing A Buried Stone Gate, aka A Buried Stone Arch, aka That Misshapen NaNoWriMo Novel From Last Year. However, I have had time to edit a couple stories.

I also wrote a peculiar series for The Daily WTF, based on a multi-part submission, and partly inspired by ninjitsu in pop culture and The Book of Five Rings. I’ll be sure to post links here when it’s up.

Novels

  • A Buried Stone Gate. Rural, contemporary fantasy novel. Finished rewrite; awaiting two more rounds of editing.
  • The Red Flood. YA SF. Tentatively querying agents.
  • Those Who Favor Fire. Something-something-pseudo-hard science fiction. Submitting to markets.

Short Stories

  • “In This Universe or the Next.” A far-far-far-future space opera, which I finished recently. Submitting to markets.
  • “Mold.” A Stephen King-inspired horror story. Will edit in the near future.
  • “A Very Long Chess Game.” My first venture into even remotely military SF. The idea fell into my lap the other day. Outlined, ready for first draft.
  • “Brain Bombs.” Cyberpunk. Submitting to markets.
  • “Alyssa and the Way of Kido.” YA SF. Submitting to markets.
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You’re Never Done

Another Daily WTF article up: “SELECTing Valid SQL.” I used up my single Joss Whedon reference ¬†card this time, yet I’m also getting flack for including a Lord of the Rings reference as well. Such is life.

I finished my rewrite of The Red Flood last Saturday. I started in early February; overall, I estimate I took 45 days, working 2 hours each day. Besides a couple of substantial storyline changes, I also cleaned up a lot of the action and did some line editing. It’s turning into a proper novel, and while it’s not the most ambitious at 55,000 words, it’s the tightest story I’ve written so far.

I don’t feel done at all. There’s a brief moment of relief after you type the last word of a rough draft, or correct the last red-inked mark, when you feel a release. It doesn’t last long. There’s always the next draft, the reader feedback, the manuscript preparation, the query letter writing, the agent hunting, and the endless waiting. Even if a publisher picks it up, there’s the editorial notes, more revisions, galleys to proof, and months of promotion. A book is never done until you’re dead.

While I wait for feedback from my beta readers (there’s room for more!), I’ll be catching up on my reading, rewriting a couple of short stories I haven’t touched in several months, and working on some blog posts.

After reading the comprehensive Goddesses of Water and Sky, I’ve decided to pursue that series on the Nausica√§ of the Valley of the Wind manga. That book didn’t cover the series, as it is only concerned with Miyazaki’s film career. I keep returning to that story like a miner to a vein, yet too enraptured to chip anything away.

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State of the Drafts, Early February 2013

I meant to post at the end of January, but got delayed by, well, you’ll see.

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State of the Drafts, December 2012

People have asked me what I’m working on, and I have had no easy answer to give them. Unlike some writers, I never have just one plate spinning at any given time. So, I’ve decided to do a (probably) monthly write-up on what stories I’m working on. Also, consider this a response to the “Next Big Thing” meme going around. (Note: ~ designates a word count goal)