Blurty – which I am currently proofreading – was never intended to be part of a series. Now it is!
Or I should say, it’s on the way to being so, as I’m currently working away on a sequel. It’s probably more fun than it should be getting back into the world of Blurty and I gotta say, I’m enjoying it immensely.
After picking at a start, on and off for quite a while, the past month has seen work commence properly and we’re now at 10K. Writing daemon is feeling very pleased with himself.
It’s also the first time I’ve truly multi-project-ed for a while. Blurty’s Sister (as I’m going to refer to it) is running in parallel to continued work on Indestructible (as this year’s other new novel is called). I’m flipping between them effortlessly, which is nice.
Just to mix it up, I also re-read PAR again! Mind you that’s so a friend and I can project swap for some unusually early draft feedback. I do need to take out some notes-to-self from the text before I inflict it on someone else…
I have had a productive winter.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a few extra weeks off since my Wales trip and normally I buckle-down to the current WIP in these non-day-job periods. Not so much this time. Instead, my writing daemon has been doing disconnected scenes that belong to a bunch of different narratives… all in my head.
What I like about running scenes in my head in this way, is that it has a satisfying energy to it. Daemon flits between between genres and ideas that interest him, without the burden of having to write what comes before or after.
Yes I’m feeling guilty that the WIP isn’t getting much love, but I’ve learnt over the years that the daemon needs to stretch his wings and get a little crazy sometimes. Refresh and recharge moments!
And the WIP hasn’t been benched. It’s gotten a little bit of love. It also got given a name, finally! Its nickname, anyway, is “Indestructible”. Which makes perfect sense if you read the book, but I acknowledge probably seems a bit weird otherwise.
I think Indestructable is going to be hell to edit, but I’m enjoying the writing quite a lot.
I only realised today that I didn’t actually post about the most exciting writing thing for the start of the year… A new novel! Yes, I saw in the new year with a new novel sized idea.
It isn’t gushing like Blurty or PAR, but I’m doing that deliberately so I don’t aggravate my shoulder, which was bugging me at the end of 2018 a bit. Slowing myself doesn’t seem to be hurting the process – I’m nearly 27K in already!
Another sci-fi, but lower on the sci this time, it’s essentially a futuristic gangster story. Writing daemon is very pleased, and I’m having a lot of fun in my usual “pantser” fashion.
The other writing-y thing of recent weeks (in fact, in time to welcome the Year of the Pig) was that I re-read PAR after, what, 10 months maybe of drawer time? That was interesting. The early chapters are a bit sucky – “was I drunk when I wrote these sentences?”- but the rest was a blast to read! Given it’s due another two drafts before it’s done, I’m not at all unhappy with that.
Not that I’ll head back to PAR until the new project is well underway – maybe even at 1st draft – but it’s nice to think on it while I wait. Speaking of the new project… it needs a moniker. Can’t call it “new project” forever… hmm… the “not very sci-fi”… the “ganster-sci”… still working on it.
I haven’t been writing much lately, or doing many writerly things, but I have been thinking up scenarios for romance novels. Or maybe TV dramas. *shrug*
Where this came from and why I seem to be so entranced by it, is one of those mysteries that may never be solved. Maybe the writing daemon has a crush on someone? Who knows.
The nice thing for my brain has been that none of these ideas are spec-fic. This may in fact be the key to the whole situation, because I think I’m a bit spec-fic’ed out. I’ve worked on nothing by sci-fi for a years now! That’s not exercising all the parts of my imagination, clearly.
Like many writers, I’m “genre agnostic” (isn’t that a deliciously terrible bit of business babble?). I have in “the drawer” a crime novel, a romance novel, a kids novel and… a thriller of sorts. All of these are from the period before I settled into my sci-fi stream. I love SF – it’s not like writing that is a penance – but maybe it’s time to dust off the crime novel?
I think I’ve written about this before on Lamellae, but back when I was getting beta reader feedback on my sci-fi novel, one of my readers was dead keen on the idea that I should write short stories showing the background of some of the characters. He was the kind of guy who liked having lots of inter-related bits around a book or movie – like that graphic novel that sits between Firefly and Serenity – so I could see why it appealed to him.
It intrigued me as an idea.
The problem has been that I’ve wanted to work on other worlds, rather than go back into that one. (And the one time I toyed seriously with the idea I couldn’t see those stories at all.) Now I’ve spent time with the novel again, I’m interested to try it and I also think I’ve found what those stories could be.
Haven’t 100% decided to do it yet, but I am thinking of giving it a bash and seeing what happens.
Recently I picked up “the sci fi novel”, a project I finished a couple of years ago, and decided to read it. Fascinating experience!
It’s the first time I’ve had enough distance to experience the text as a reader would and the first time I’ve been able to get that view on how the chapters etc work. They do work! Well, I’m happy with the result and what more can you ask for?
The best thing was not feeling like it needed another draft, because there is that “novels are never finished” sense most of us carry around. There are some very small tweaks I’ll make here and there, but that’s it.
No, I haven’t started writing epic fantasy (hmm…), but I have been playing with a dragon! The dragon of sore-shoulder-happiness. And yes, I know that currently makes no sense to anyone but me…
The problem is that I have a bad shoulder. It is currently objecting to me doing anything with a bent arm, which includes typing. Not conducive to writing productivity!
So, after having spent the past few days messing about with voice recognition apps, I’ve gone back to my old frenemy Dragon Naturally Speaking. For anyone who has known me a long time you are allowed to eye-roll at that; twas not a happy relationship the last go-round.
Still, it is – as far as I can tell – the only product that really works for a writer. Phone apps etc are great if you want to jot something down but they don’t give you control. Dragon does.
The big questions was would it work better on this computer, because there is still a draft of my kid’s fantasy novel that is unfixably riddled with homonyms and words that together make kinds of homonyms! It sure wasn’t pretty when Dragon and I first met.
But they do the 30 day money-back thingy and as someone used to buying Adobe behemoths it seemed reasonably priced.
So far – success! Seriously successful in fact. I haven’t even broken out my fancy external mic!
Though I’m currently bathing in the irony that I turned it off and typed this post. Ahem.