Writing Update: February 2016

(It feels so weird to not have a No Angels section of this anymore! I suppose I’ll adjust.)

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My monthly progress with this one has been halting, mostly due to essays and midterms. That being said, I’ve written 13k thus far and plan to be at 15k by the end of the month. It’s still wildly fun to write, but the fact that school has been getting in the way had been less than satisfying. I’ve also missed the previous two writing-treat-weekend sessions because of life’s hiccups. It’ll be nice to feel on-track again!

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Still subbing. Still no response. *Bangs head on desk.* Waiting is just part of the game!

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Again, this one is still out with no response. I’ve been toying with the idea of reworking it a little since my writing has developed over the years and I want to bring it up to par, so next time it comes back that’ll be what I do!

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Ah yes, my sci-fi/horror short. It’s decided to take a very different, more compelling turn from what I originally intended, one that makes for lots of morally-gray areas. (A definite plus!) Again, this one feels halting in its progress, but that’s just how this month is going I suppose. I can tinker with the flow once I have a finished draft!

How is your month going? Are you working on any projects or goals? Comment below!

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Writing Update: January 2016

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At long last, The Final Advent has been published! This brings the No Angels trilogy to a close, which is a bittersweet moment for me. (There’ll be an entire blog post on this later.) This is a huge accomplishment for me, and is a promising way to start off the new year!

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I’ve finally started drafting The Immortal! I plan for the first draft to clock in around 70k, and have already knocked out 6k. To be honest, while first drafts famously suck, I am having a LOT of fun writing it! I hope you guys will like reading it just as much. ;)

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The Stolen Sun

Still subbing away on this one! It’s at Tor right now, a place that can take months to respond, but hey, we’ve all gotta play the game at one time or another, am I right?

Where Gold is Born

Yep, this piece has already been published. I know. But! Since the previous place didn’t have exclusive rights over it (the window for their rights have since expired), I’m trying to squeeze another credit out of this one by subbing it as a reprint.

Heartless (WIP title)

My current sci-fi/horror piece! To be honest, drafting this one is . . . laborious. I feel like the story is quite literally dying under my fingers with each sentence, but that’s also how I used to feel about TSS, and look where that is now! I’m holding out hope for this one. I’m aiming for 6k for the first draft, and am at about 2k as it stands.

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Stay tuned, everyone! What progress have you been making on your goals?

My 2016 Writing Resolutions

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Read 30 Books

I know 30 books sounds like a meager amount to some, but hear me out. I’m in college full-time, will be drafting an entire novel this year, and will be spending 2+ months abroad with little-to-no access to personal reading material. I’ll likely end up reading beyond 30, but I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by aiming too high.

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Publish The Final Advent

Okay, so this resolution is sort of a ‘gimme’ considering the book’s is almost totally ready, but it still counts! All I’m waiting for is one beta reader’s feedback, then a read-through with minor edits on my end, then bam! We are done!

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Draft The Immortal 

This resolution was actually on my list for 2015, but with how crazy the year was, it simply didn’t get done. I’ve already started drafting it–by which I mean I’m about 3 pages in–but I have a long ways to go. That being said, I’m SO INCREDIBLY excited to write this. It’s very different from the rest of my work, and hopefully will rip your hearts to shreds. <3

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Complete my Short Horror Story

I worked a bit more on the short sci-fi/horror piece in 2015, but I’ll admit it fell by the wayside as the year spun out of control. Still, I’m chipping away at the thing and am eager to see if anything will come of it! At the very least, it’s a good exercise.

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This resolution is accompanied by a bit of good news! A few months back, I submitted TSS to the Writers of the Future Contest, established by L. Ron Hubbard. It’s an extremely well-regarded contest with big name judges, and tens of thousands of people have entered over the years. While I didn’t place, I received an honorable recognition, which thankfully is not the equivalent of a participation ribbon. Only about the top 5-10% of entrants earn an honorable mention in a given Quarter, which lets me know I’m on the right track! For me it’s at least a nod that I’m doing something right, if not a publication credit. So in 2016 I’ll continue plugging away and see if any publications will bite. ;)

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What are your 2016 writing and/or reading resolutions?

 

The Year Ahead: My 2015 Literary Resolutions

Okay, I confess. I stole borrowed this idea from Elisabeth Wheatley, but I just couldn’t help myself! (You can see her entry here.)

Here I’ll give you a run-down of what I hope to accomplish this year writing & reading-wise. It’s always good to know where one stands in regards to goal-setting, and this way you guys can know about it too! Feel free to kick my butt into gear if at any point this year you feel like I’m slacking. ;D

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Read 30 Books
I know this sounds meager, but it’s the minimum I want to read. I’m already close to finishing reading my 5th book of 2015, but sometimes life gets crazy and I wanted to allow wiggle room for that.

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Publish The Final Advent
Finishing all the necessary rounds of edits for, and then publish, The Final Advent. Funny thing is, this one’s word count has soared as I’ve edited it. Not usually how that’s supposed to work, huh?

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Complete Two Short Stories
Both of these are already in the works! One is a sci/fi horror piece that I’m estimating will be around 5k words, and the other is a modern day, speculative flash fiction piece. I would also like to have them fully edited and begin submitting to magazines by the end of the year.

Work on My Poetry
Did you know I write poetry? Yeah, most people don’t. To be honest I just dabble, but this year I’d like to shoot a little higher with it. I want to complete a couple of pieces and submit them to magazines, then see where it takes me from there!

Continue Subbing The Stolen Sun
I’m still subbing TSS to magazines, so my goal for 2015 is to keep trucking along on that front. Even if I try my hardest this year, that’s still not to say it’ll get published, but at least I’ll be putting in the effort!

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Draft The Immortal

This novel is ready to go! The only two reasons I haven’t yet started this project are as follows: 1.) I want to brush up on my writing before diving in (hence the short stories, which serve another function as exercises for me), and 2.) I’m focusing the majority of my energy on completing The Final Advent! I’m racing along (though whilst keeping a firm eye on quality) and want to continue at this pace to meet my early-mid-2015 deadline.

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Replot The Cradle
I already have a full on outline for this novel, but in looking over my outline have spotted some potentially fatal flaws in how the plot is staged. I want to toy with other ideas to use in the plot, define the climax more, and establish a really solid mood and theme before jumping in.

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Work on a Literary Journal
I’m set to be a preliminary reader for my University’s literary journal, Echo Magazine! I’m very excited about working with them, and am eager to see what other work opportunities with them arise.

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There you have it! What are your 2015 literary resolutions? Leave a comment below!

Writing in 2014: My Year in Review

I have to be honest, 2014 was an extremely trying and difficult year for me. So, it was difficult to get myself up and writing. But I also didn’t recognize just how much I’d accomplished this year either until I sat back and started reflecting!

Without further ado, here’s a compilation of everything I’ve accomplished this year.

No Angels

I finished re-editing No Angels; cutting out no less than 14,000 words, adding in scenes, cutting scenes, etc.

This monster weighs nearly two pounds!

This monster weighs nearly two pounds!

Afterwards I reformatted the novel in both eBook and paperback form and held a giveaway to celebrate its release!

Collapsed Cathedrals

This one wasn’t a huge priority, but I still felt it needed tending to. Long story short, Gaiman’s Law got the better of me, and, since I couldn’t bear the idea of there being potential typos in my book (unavoidable as it may be), I gave it another read through and uploaded the edited version.

The Final Advent

I’ve been making progress on editing TFA and getting beta edits done. Also, I’ve made a lot of headway in creating the cover. Nearly done, too! This one will definitely be released in the earlier half of 2015.

The Stolen Sun

I wrote The Stolen Sun, edited it multiple times with the help of many an amazing beta (shout out to Intisar Khanani & Elisabeth Wheatley!), and have been submitting it to quite a few places! No bites yet, but my fingers remain crossed.

Where Gold is Born

This piece finally got picked up for publication by the Sagebrush Review! Volume 9 is actually out now, if you want to pick yourself up a copy ;)

The Immortal and The Cradle 

The Immortal and The Cradle became significantly more fleshed out versions of themselves than they ever were. I fleshed out the outline for The Cradle, and even though I’m still not totally satisfied with it, progress is progress. The Immortal took on a whole new life, the plot getting fully brought to life, characters created and given backstories and personalities, have conducted mountains of research, and so on. The Immortal has been itching to burst out of my fingertips, and will likely be my central writing-focus of 2015.

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I’ve done little bits of work on this one, creating the world, developing some story arcs, and building up the mythology and world rules. This story is HUGE though, (at least 5 books), so it’ll probably be at least 5 more years before I start actually writing.

So, there’s you have it! My writing progress of 2014. How did this year go for you in terms of accomplishments, writing related or not?

Also, I want to tag Elisabeth Wheatley and Intisar Khanani to do a post similar to this as well! How did y’alls year go in terms of writing?

Have a great rest of your year, everyone!

Writing Update: November 2014

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At long last, No Angels is back on the market in its new, revised form! Not only that, but I held a giveaway earlier this month with signed books (plus a poster!) up for grabs. Time to kiss this project goodbye, once and for all. Though I must admit, it’s a bittersweet feeling. I’d been working on this book for over a decade straight. But, all good things must come to an end. Onto the next project!

As far as other works in this trilogy go, I have finished a quick read-through of Collapsed Cathedrals and put the up-to-date version back on the shelves. It’s not a huge deal, – I was mostly just wanting to catch typos. (Darn you, Gaiman’s law!)

I’m in the process of editing The Final Advent daily! In addition to that, I’m handing off chapters I’ve already edited to beta readers piece by piece, as opposed to all at once, so that I can hopefully speed the process along. Also, I’ve already begun making the cover. I’ve decided this time around to record my process so you guys can see what it takes for me to make my covers from beginning to end!

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The publisher who has Where Gold is Born is still putting together the collection, but it should (hopefully) be out before 2015.

I’m still subbing The Stolen Sun! I got another personal rejection this month, making 60% of the rejections I’ve received so far personal ones. Not a bad percentage. Now TSS is at its sixth destination, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Fingers crossed!

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Guys, I gave in. I’ve started up my research for The Immortal again, plus I’ve been refining the outline more. Then again, I actually have the time for it now! I’ve never not worked on multiple projects at once, so it feels nice to begin piecing something together while finishing up another work. I’m about 80% of the way through the outlining/research process, so it shouldn’t be before long that I’m ready to sit down and start writing!

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Only one month of writing in the year left. Stay tuned to hear more about my progress before 2014 leaves us for good!

Writing Update: October 2014

Whew! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I’m long overdue.

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After many months of work, I have FINALLY completed the final rewrite for No Angels! Currently the only task I have left is formatting, so No Angels should be back on digital shelves shortly! I have a big surprise planned for its release, but you’ll just have to wait and see what that’s all about. ;)

Also, I’m glazing over Collapsed Cathedrals as well. I’d read some of it this past summer and noticed two typos, and am now freaking about there being more in the book. Ack. I’m already 25% of the way through, so I estimate I’ll be done reading it by the end of the week.

I’m over two thirds of the way through editing The Final Advent. To be honest, I’d put it on the back burner since I was trying to get No Angels’ edits done, but now that that’s over The Final Advent will go back to being project number one. I’d hit a few rough patches earlier on with the editing, but with the kinks slowly but surely getting ironed out, I’m optimistic things will continue at this faster pace.

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In regards to The Stolen Sun, I’ve mostly just been querying it. (Plus, I’ve gotten two, two personal rejections! I feel weirdly accomplished to say that, ha ha.) However, due to the fact most places don’t want you to submit simultaneously in addition to taking forever to get back to you, I haven’t been able to query that much. Just five places. Oh well. Such is the game!

Where Gold is Born was picked up for publication in early spring, and the journal it’s being published in will be released in the next few weeks! So exciting! Also, I’m thinking about submitting it to other magazines as well as a reprint. The more credits you can get, the better, right?

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The Cradle has taken a major back seat lately. What with all of the No Angels and The Final Advent edits, I haven’t had much time to do research for it, refine the plot outline, etc. Plus, I just feel like there’s something inherently wrong with the plot outline. (That’s one of the benefits of outlining, kids. You can see if something is broke before you have to spend 500 hours of editing in an attempt to fix it.) Either way, I’m bouncing some ideas around for a more tangible goal to give my protagonist. Something that’ll hopefully give me a more climactic conclusion.

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The Immortal, however? I worked on this one far more than justifiable. (I’ve forced myself to stop right now for the aforementioned edits, but it had to be done.) I’ve done character outlines, fleshed out the plot further, and done mountains of research. Plus I’ve written bits here and there. I know, shame on me, but I just can’t help myself! This is one of my favorite stories I’ve ever dreamed up, and I hope it’ll be one of your favorites too.

This one is definitely going to get written before The Cradle. It’s itching and burning to burst from my fingertips. (Who knows? Maybe I’ll get hit with an Elisabeth-Wheatley-esque all consuming writing frenzy and knock out a 260k book in a day! Haha!)

Things are moving ahead at a scarily fast pace, and I can’t wait to bring y’all the finished products!

What have you been working on/reading lately? Let me know in the comments below!