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[writing] Project List, February 2017

First writing update of the new year. I am sometimes still struggling with writing in the face of facist regime — what is the point of creation? I struggle with this a lot, though, because creating, especially the story of fiction I write (and art I make), seems futile. (It was supposed to get better as the world gets better, or at least that’s what they used to tell me.) But writing can be resistance, too, and so I create.

(On a more mundane note, I was finally able to work editing into my schedule better. My writing numbers for the month took a hit, but I try to focus more on year-long numbers than individual days, weeks, or months. [Try. Mostly fail, because I have OCD-tendencies with the bipolar, and can focus on the numbers too much.] But at least things are getting editing now.)

Current active projects:

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 three complete, and with my early readers. Once I receive their feedback, I’ll begin the next edit. Goal is to submit by late summer.

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 two in progress. Goal is to get it to early readers by this summer.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. Reworked the outline this month (while talking to JBJ, I described it as having to draw a new map while lost in the middle of the forest), and am back into writing mode. (I lost the path of the story for awhile, but going back to the outline helped.) Goal is to finish the first draft by the end of June.

7. Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies
(cowritten with Sarah)
Young adult horror. Seven friends go off on an adventure. Not everyone comes home. Sarah and I decided we needed a break from series writing to focus on a one-off, a palate cleanser as it were, where we can just build a world for one book, and write completely within that boundary. We are reevaluating how we want to handle our co-writing career, though, so we’ll see how this goes.

UK Horror Project
(cowritten with Sarah)

1. Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Ghosts, monsters, and killers, oh my. Status: Fifth draft in progress, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) Progress has slowed a lot; sometimes we don’t even get an entire chapter done in a session. Having so much down time between writing sessions is hard. And now we’re reevaluating how to manage our co-writing career, so this is on hold.

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.

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[writing] Project List, December 2016

Another year nearly done. This year, unlike last year, I wrote a lot and finished a ton of first and second drafts, but I need to work on building more time to edit those drafts into my schedule, because I do want to take the next step of submitting to agents and publishers soon. I’m not quite back on my writing feet after November, but I’m getting there.

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, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) Progress has slowed a lot; sometimes we don’t even get an entire chapter done in a session. Having so much down time between writing sessions is hard.

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. Edit in progress. Still need to figure out where in my writing schedule to edit.

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 complete. I’m going to let it sit for a month or so before I delve into editing/writing draft two, but I want to send it to first readers early next year.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. Outlined, draft one in progress. Loving it so far, though it’s slightly on hold due to holiday stuff until the beginning of January.

7. Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies
(cowritten with Sarah)
Young adult horror. Seven friends go off on an adventure. Not everyone comes home. Sarah and I decided we needed a break from series writing to focus on a one-off, a palate cleanser as it were, where we can just build a world for one book, and write completely within that boundary. We started brainstorming over the weekend, and it is great.

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[writing] Project List, November 2016

November is on track to be my worst writing month of the year. None of my anger or fear is new, because I am constantly worried about my beloved friends and family who face racism, homophobia, ableism, sexism, transphobia — but it is particularly terrible right now, and it is hard to focus when I alternate between rage and terror, for my beloveds, for myself.

My current writing playlist was already full of angry music, but it is so, so necessary right now.

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, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) Progress has slowed a lot; sometimes we don’t even get an entire chapter done in a session. Having so much down time between writing sessions is hard. This month in particular; we don’t have a single writing session scheduled, due to how many things happen on weekends in November for both of us.

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. Edit in progress. Still need to figure out where in my writing schedule to edit.

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. It is particularly difficult to finish this one right now, because writing a contemporary story feels a little like writing torture porn at the moment, but I’m so close to the end that I am going to knock this draft out before I go back to my beloved supernatural stories.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. Brainstorming this one, because I figured out some big changes. Pretty sure I’ll start this one next month.

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[writing] Project List, October 2016

Writing is going very slowly this month, which is a downer after the past few months of putting up big numbers. I’m sitting at 450k out of 500k for the year, though, so still ahead of schedule. Trying to finish the marching rock band story I’m writing now, and I think I’ve chosen the next project.

Still need to figure out how to work hardcore editing into the schedule, though. The winter cabin story needs to be cleaned up and sent out to first readers.

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, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) Progress has slowed a lot; sometimes we don’t even get an entire chapter done in a session. Having so much down time between writing sessions is hard.

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. Edit in progress. Still need to figure out where in my writing schedule to edit.

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. More than 50k into this, and just hitting the emotional climax. On the downhill slope to the end now.

6. Siblings Saving the World
New adult or adult supernatural adventure. There are monsters in the world — and sometimes we become them. Brainstorming this one, because I figured out some big changes. This may be the next project.

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[writing] Project List, September 2016

It is amazing how much more I write when I track my daily writing. That’s not to say I have a specific daily goal (well, I do, sort of, because I have an annual goal, and that is broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily numbers to hit, but mostly I ignore it), but I just write down what I write each day. (Some days, that number is 0. Those days are okay, too.) I knew I wrote more when I tracked it, but it is startling to see just how much more I’ve written this year.

My goal for 2016 was 500,000 words, and I’m currently sitting at just over 400,000. That means I have less than 100,000 words to write over the next three and a half months. That is pretty amazing.

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, plus a fun side project that will be released as a companion piece once this is published. (We hope we’ll reach the day this is published.) After tearing apart the outline yet again, we’re in a pretty solid place, writing-wise, though we’ll see how long that lasts.

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. Edit in progress. It is mid-September, and I have not sent it out to first readers. I need to figure out where editing fits into my daily writing; I have writing sessions with Sarah scheduled, and my (more or less) daily writing sessions scheduled, but I don’t yet know how I’m going to work the editing into that. I thought I could spend the first half of each day’s session editing and the second half writing, but that is not working for me.

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 40k into this one and loving it so far.

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[writing] Project List, August 2016

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.

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[writing] Project List, May 2016

It’s the middle of the month, 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: Fourth draft in progress. Fourth draft combines Talking Dead and Monsters & Magic into one book. We generally write one chapter a writing session, and try to have at least one session a week though we’ve each had to cancel a few sessions, so while this seems like slow going compared to 2014, it’s actually moving along quite well.

(Monsters & Magic used to be #2. Young adult supernatural adventure. Flirtatious werewolves and incorporeal monsters.)

2. Supernatural Slumber Party
Young adult supernatural adventure. It’s a slumber party of supernaturals, see? Status: First draft complete. Second draft on hold until Talking Dead draft four complete.

3. 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 Talking Dead draft four complete. Second draft combines Wicked Witches and Monster Mash into one book.

(The Monster Mash used to be #5. Young adult supernatural adventure. The world goes BOOM.)

Stand Alone Books

1. Monsters in the Trees
Young adult horror. Friends, makeouts, and monsters in an isolated cabin. Status: Draft one in progress. Slow progress. I need to do some more outlining on paper, I think, before I sit down at the computer again. We’ll see if that helps.

2. Winter Cabin
New adult or adult paranormal romance. Flirtations and sexy times while snowed in interrupted by monsters and mayhem. Status: Draft one nearly complete. Though not as nearly as it should be. I hit the end of the outline around the end of March as planned, and then realized there’s probably another 15k of story to write. Good times. (This will go under the pseud if it is published.) Got stuck partway through April, had to go back and reoutline in May to figure out where I went wrong. Just about to start the last 15k again off the new outline.

3. Monsters and Music
Young adult horror. Ghosts and werewolves, oh my. (witches and dead people and haunted things, too.) Status: Draft two in progress. 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.

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