What I’m working on
For those who know me personally, you know that my life has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster lately (which is saying a lot, being as I’ve never even gone to that metaphorical amusement park of emotion). I could probably heart dump and leak all over the page, but I decided instead that I would tell you what I have been doing. It makes the world seem much more manageable to focus on what I’ve been writing, and not how I’ve been feeling.
Feelings are mushy. Words can be magic.
So here’s a bit about the sparks flying around here.
Shadow Girl Two
You heard me. It is happening. The first draft was written, and I’ve fallen back into it. I say fallen, because I have a problem: It is WAY shorter than I realized. That’s the thing about hand-writing your first drafts. Sometimes its hard to tell how long they are until you type them in.
I’ve been fleshing out the novel, building the scenes, and even adding in description, but I’m thinking there’s much more work to do. I’ll be begging for beta readers in a few months, so keep your eyes open (or close them tight if you can’t stand undeveloped characters and wiggly worlds).
Clockbreakers Two has been drafted also. I’m working through a bigger question about the series at the moment, so it’s sitting on my computer, waiting to be tapped on. I’m the type of writer that thinks through things first, and when I’ve finally solved the problem, I head back into the revision with a clearer head. It’s getting close to readable, but it will still be a few more months.
So, if you have thoughts about Shadow Girl or Clockbreakers — characters you have loved or hated — now is the time to weigh in. Who do you want to see in the next book? What do you want to know? Last chance to voice your thoughts below.
Okay, this one was a bit of an accident. But it’s happening. Much more detail coming soon. Let’s just say I am more than excited — I am thrilled with this new project. A group of 8th graders at Geneseo Middle School are getting a crack at it right now. They’re telling me what they love, what they hate, and what just doesn’t even make any sense. My lips are sealed on the project, but if you hear something from them, I really hope it’s good! And if they say anything about tacos, just ignore them.
More drafting! I’m working on the above novels, and am creating quite a few smaller things too. I’m also collaborating on a few new projects. More on those when they emerge from the Goo of Awesomeness.
That’s all for now! Post your thoughts below or on Facebook, keep being kind, and light some fires. The world needs our warmth.