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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, March 2014

ETA: Sarah has an excellent update that talks more about the wedding and the wrestling and the fun we had. Also, some writing frustrations: Update – March 2014.

Despite spending a week together, Sarah and I didn’t manage to write a single word on Monsters & Music, though we did do some excellent brainstorming and world building. However, since we’ve been back, our writing has continued as normal, and we are making good progress.

Also good progress is my daily writing, which is at 73 days in a row. Rock on.

Finally, I have started brainstorming a couple writing projects with another writer friend. It’s a very different process than working with Sarah, but interesting. It’s a very slow process, because I don’t have a lot of time outside of my other responsibilities (including current projects with Sarah, of course), but I love story brainstorming, so that’s fun.

Current active projects include:

UK Horror Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: First draft complete and with first readers. We’re starting to get really helpful feedback.

2: Monsters & Music
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft in progress. I’d say we’re approximately halfway done, but the story is shaping up to be very different than the outline, so it’s hard to tell.

3: Forgotten Love
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Monsters & Music.

4: Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Forgotten Love.

5: The Monster Mash
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Wicked Witches.

Nox Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Isolation
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Third draft with second round first readers. Recently have had an epiphany on this series, broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

2: Rage
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Original complete outline and partially complete first draft scrapped. New outline approximately 1/2 way done. On hold.

3-5: Untitled
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

Untitled Vampires Project

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Adult sci fi and supernatural romance. Status: We’re writing the detailed outline and doing some heavy duty world building.

Red Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done, though it needs to be tweaked based on some changes made at the end. On hold.

Horror High Series

1: Hellhounds at Halftime
Young adult supernatural adventure (with marching band). Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

Stand Alones

Fable
(Cowritten with Sarah.)
Young adult supernatural adventure with a twist of meta. Status: Outline to be started when we have spare time. Ha.

Hunter, Hunting, Hunted
Were-mountain lions. Adult paranormal romance. Status: Preparing the detailed outline. First chapters originally published as a short story.

Siblings Saving the World
Adult supernatural adventure. Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

Werewolves in Love
Adult supernatural romance and mystery. Status: Preparing the detailed outline. Recently realized I was trying to tell the wrong story, have scrapped most of the original detailed outline, and am now world building and outlining.

Dark in my Imagination
(Cowritten with Kira.)
Adult paranormal romance. Status: Brainstorming.

Untitled Haunted House Story
(Cowritten with Kira.)
Adult horror. Status: Brainstorming.

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[writing] Project List, February 2014

Oh yeah, 2014 is definitely a busy year. Of course, February brings some excitement, because Sarah’s getting married next week here in the U.S. It will be the first time we’ve been in the same place since 2005, which is far too long between visits. Good thing we got a lot of work done before she headed out, because we likely won’t get a lot done until March.

Current active projects include:

UK Horror Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: First draft complete and with first readers.

2: Monsters & Music
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft in progress.

3: Forgotten Love
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Monsters & Music.

4: Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Forgotten Love.

5: The Monster Mash
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Wicked Witches.

Nox Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Isolation
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Third draft with second round first readers. Recently have had an epiphany on this series, broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

2: Rage
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Original complete outline and partially complete first draft scrapped. New outline approximately 1/2 way done. On hold.

3-5: Untitled
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

Untitled Vampires Project

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Adult sci fi and supernatural romance. Status: We’re writing the detailed outline and doing some heavy duty world building.

Red Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done, though it needs to be tweaked based on some changes made at the end. On hold.

Horror High Series

1: Hellhounds at Halftime
Young adult supernatural adventure (with marching band). Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

Stand Alones

Fable
(Cowritten with Sarah.)
Young adult supernatural adventure with a twist of meta. Status: Outline to be started when we have spare time. Ha.

Hunter, Hunting, Hunted
Were-mountain lions. Adult paranormal romance. Status: Preparing the detailed outline. First chapters originally published as a short story.

Siblings Saving the World
Adult supernatural adventure. Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

Werewolves in Love
Adult supernatural romance and mystery. Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

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[writing] Project List, January 2014

First project list of 2014. It’s going to be a busy year.

Current active projects include:

Nox Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Isolation
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Third draft with second round first readers. Recently have had an epiphany on this series, broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

2: Rage
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Original complete outline and partially complete first draft scrapped. New outline approximately 1/2 way done. On hold.

3-5: Untitled
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

Untitled Vampires Project

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Adult sci fi and supernatural romance. Status: We’re writing the detailed outline and doing some heavy duty world building.

UK Horror Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: First draft in progress.

2: Monsters & Music
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Talking Dead.

3: Forgotten Love
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Monsters & Music.

4: Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Forgotten Love.

5: The Monster Mash
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Wicked Witches.

Red Series

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done, though it needs to be tweaked based on some changes made at the end.

Horror High Series

1: Hellhounds at Halftime
Young adult supernatural adventure (with marching band). Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

Stand Alones

Fable
(Cowritten with Sarah.)
Young adult supernatural adventure with a twist of meta. Status: Outline to be started when we have spare time. Ha.

Hunter, Hunting, Hunted
Were-mountain lions. Adult paranormal romance. Status: Preparing the detailed outline. First chapters originally published as a short story.

Siblings Saving the World
Adult supernatural adventure. Status: Preparing the detailed outline.

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