In my last post I talked about where I’m at with writing, and what I am currently working on…
As an update to that, it looks like I’m still learning an important lesson: sometimes projects just need more ‘simmering’ time. *sigh*
Right now I have four or five projects actively simmering – I had to put them back on the stove for a while, but I know that Important Stuff is Happening and I will (all being well) eventually write them. ‘Rose’ has, once again, returned to the stove. I’ve written a total of 14,000 words, and cut something like 9,000 of them. The remaining 5K I am guarding with my life!
In the meantime, I pulled something else back out: I am tinkering with an adult urban fantasy that I first started developing back in 2009. At the time, I only had a premise and a few characters – along with maybe three chapters written – but that, too, needed more space to develop. Earlier this year I looked at it again and decided to more or less start from scratch, only keeping the main character. I liked her a lot and thought she had a future. Then I shoved the project back onto the Idea Stove for a bit longer.
That’s the one I’m working on for a while. ‘Rose’ is simmering nicely, another project (codename: Riley) is also bubbling away; there’s a middle grade idea I’ve discussed with Agent M before, but I don’t really want to write MG at this stage. That means it’s the adult UF, and I’ve already written a whole new first chapter. It has a title, but I’m not sharing at the moment. I’ll have to think up a codename…
So it’s back to the word mines I go, always learning about myself and my creative process – which is exactly the way it should be.
Quick IRON WITCH update:
Just to let you know, I will definitely be posting a Christmas short story (free!) on this site by the end of the year. Yes, I’m also working on that. It’s so much fun to be thinking about Donna and Navin and Xan again, although this story does focus more on Donna and Xan – several months after the events of The Stone Demon. Spoiler alert: there might be some kissing.
(Okay, that’s actually from The Princess Bride.)
I’ve already heard some people talking about the free story online (which is cool, I LOVE that you’re excited!) and referring to it as “a novella.” Just to avoid any confusion – or potential disappointment – it is not a novella. I won’t be able to write that much. It will be a short story, but not too short. Maybe somewhere between 7-10,000 words long. More info as I have it!
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