Both day job and writing work exploded the past couple months. Both for good reasons, but I’ve been pretty scarce here and across social media (though I did document some of my day job adventures, including OMG GIANT PUMPKINS, on Instagram). Still, it is well past time for a project update.
Current active projects:
UK Horror Project
(cowritten with Sarah)
1. Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Ghosts, monsters, and killers, oh my. Status: Fifth draft in progress.
Quite a change from May’s update. We scrapped the fourth draft completely, pulled apart the outline of both the fourth draft of book one and of the entire series, and completely redesigned the first half of the series, though big picture, the last half remains pretty solid. We then wrote ANOTHER outline of Talking Dead, and are making steady progress on draft five, though we’re down to only one or two writing sessions a month due to my exploded schedule. Things should calm down a little soon. (Though then we’re headed into the end of the year holidays, which is also a busy time. Crap.)
2. Halloween Horror
Young adult supernatural adventure. Flirtatious werewolves and incorporeal monsters. Tam needs the supernatural world to shut up a second so she can get laid. Status: Second draft outline in progress.
More fallout from the big series breakdown. Monsters & Magic used to be #2, and then it was rolled into #1, and now a very different story has been pulled out of #1 and made into #2 again. *hands*
3. Supernatural Slumber Party
Young adult supernatural adventure. It’s a slumber party of supernaturals, see? Status: First draft complete. Second draft on hold until Halloween Horror draft 2 complete.
4. Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventure. Witches, dude, always with the witches. And the world goes BOOM. Status: First draft complete. Second draft on hold until Supernatural Slumber Party draft 2 complete. Second draft combines Wicked Witches and Monster Mash into one book.
Stand Alone Books
1. Monsters in the Trees
Young adult horror. Friends, makeouts, and monsters in an isolated cabin. Status: Draft one on hold. Need to revisit the outline.
2. Winter Cabin
New adult or adult paranormal romance. There are monsters in those snow-filled trees. Status: Draft two complete. Originally this was going to be a 20k novella, and it ended up being a 60k novel, but I did finally finish a draft. I’ll start editing draft two shortly, and plan to have it out to first readers by mid-September. (This will be published under the pseud if it is ever published.)
3. Monsters and Music
Young adult horror. Ghosts and werewolves, oh my. (witches and dead people and haunted things, too.) Status: Draft two on hold. Had an epiphany about the main romantic relationship, which I think will help structure the story.
4. Frozen World Fantasy
Adult fantasy. Brainstorming and talking to JBJ, another fantasy author, about how to write a fantasy novel. Doing some research on the writing side, working through world building before I start outlining.
5. Marching Rock Band
New adult or adult contemporary romance. Drumlines and rock bands and romance. Status: Draft one in progress. I’m not sure I will ever be able to write a contemporary story — I tend to get bored writing without monsters — but damn it, I keep trying. I’m about 13k into this one and loving it so far.