What to Write Next?

Trying to decide what to write next (after I edit GCG, of course). I write about women and girls a lot because I love female characters, so that’s who most of my stories are about, in addition to others. Stories are always LGBT-inclusive and feature a wealth of diversity because that’s how I roll.

So, options:

  1.  A Dangerous Beat – YA or NA paranormal romance; witches, curses, orphans, etc.
  2. This Heavy Crown – YA or NA high fantasy–think Jupiter Ascending meets Reign
  3. A Prick of Magic – YA supernatural; a different take on the boarding school trope–a.k.a. a floating magical city with passing similarities to Atlantis
  4.  Veruca Starship – Space Opera/Science Fiction; not just YA/NA, has a mixture of different ages. Features extra-planetary cultures and peoples, fashion, architecture, starships, intrigue, politics, warfare, etc. Mucho drama.


My other projects are ones I’m working on in the hopes of publication, but I’m really enjoying the WP experience and would like to keep it going. Any advice would be appreciated.


Putting Myself Out There

After mulling it over for a while, I decided to bite the bullet and post the first chapter of my NaNo novel, “Seer” on WattPad here. It’s just a rough draft and I’m sure I’ll be re-writing the entire thing in short order, but I like the prose and the voice this part’s written in.  I welcome any thoughts on what I’ve posted so far.

What about you, my mysterious listeners?  Have you braved the stony silence of the internet to share your work lately?

74% Condolences & Pressing On

This is my casual eulogy for the casualties of my NaNo WIP so far. I’ve just taken this from a post I did on the forums so no need to worry I’ve wasted the words.

RIP, nameless people in country X. You had to die by plague so that Plague/Pestilence could be realized.

RIP, those two nations’ worth of militants, pacificists, and civilians.  You had to die in a blaze of mutual destruction so that War could be realized.

RIP, half the world’s harvest of fresh produce.  You had to rot so that Famine could be realized.

RIP, nameless faceless people in country Y. You had to drown in a massive flood so that Death could be realized.

RIP, the elegant, chilling story I meant to write. You had to die so that my NaNo aspirations could be realized.


Slowly but surely, those aspirations are coming to fruition.  My brain cannot wait for December 1st.

In case you couldn’t tell from the above, I chose to write “Seer.” It’s going well and I love the story.  Here’s to another great year! Best of luck to all those still in the WriMo trenches, those who’ve tapped out, and those who’ve already won. ❤

Either/Or? Which Plot should I tackle for NaNoWriMo 2014?

I’ve got four ideas banging around my head and I could use some input as to which story I should work on this November. Here they are:

–  Seer (YA Spec. Fic/Alternate History) – In a world populated by seers (precognitives), sayers (projective telepaths), and regulars (those with neither ability), humanity is almost entirely reliant on the predictive powers of seers to guide their every move. From traffic jams to military coups, few events occur that cannot be foreseen. But even seers miss things.  Sixteen-year-old Anthemone Manigault is having dreams more ghastly than anything broadcast in the daily telepathic bulletins, and no other seer sees the same.  Somehow, someone is blinding the eyes meant to save the world, and Anthemone foresees that they intend to blind her next.

– Veruca Starship (Sci-Fi/Space Opera/Epic Fantasy) – These are the voyages of the starship Veruca Lubov and her sister fleetships throughout time.  Their continuing mission is to explore the deep reaches of space, to acquire knowledge, to defend the downtrodden, and to sow peace.  Their first mission: to investigate the destruction of their sister ship, the F.S. Dorogoy, and to prevent an intergalactic war.


Day 8: 40% achievement unlocked!

Ended day 8 with a really very surprising 20,119 words written. W00t! Not too shabby. Could be a lot worse.  Upside, I’m 40% to my goal. Downside, most of it’s dialogue that tells more than shows. I’ll fix it in the revising. No big.  The important thing…

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Day 8: 40% achievement unlocked!

Ended day 8 with a really very surprising 20,119 words written. W00t! Not too shabby. Could be a lot worse.  Upside, I’m 40% to my goal. Downside, most of it is dialogue that tells more than shows. I’ll fix it in the revising. No big.  The important thing is to write and I’m definitely writing.  My plans for NaNoWriMo goes that I want to stock up on words so that I can have a few days free to do other things, like study and do schoolwork worry-free. So far, so good. Operation Time Management is good to continue.

Had I known eight years ago what I know now, I probably would have won NaNoWriMo at least once, school or no school. Ah, well. Live and learn. Onwards to 50%!

Day 3: 20% Achievement Unlocked!

After a really slow start (722 in the first 24 hours), I’ve managed to more than make up for the lag on days 3 with with a whopping 7,394 words today alone!  My ultimate goal today was to break 10,000 before weekend’s end and I did it!.  Current word count is 10,223. This is farther than I have ever gotten during November in nearly a decade of effort. I put it all down to the tireless efforts of the tweeters @NaNoWordSprints & @SprintShack. You wouldn’t think timing all of this would make a difference, but it does. I didn’t the bulk of my writing during sprints.  You’d be surprised what you can bang out if you time yourself. Believe it or not, every word I type was germane to the story. It wasn’t always consistent, but it was all story instead of me talking to myself about how hard this is. No one is more surprised than I am.

I’m a fifth of the way through this novel. I think, this year, I just might get it done.



Just an FYI: you can still catch the minute by minute, caffeine-addled update @TheGreyIdris. That’s where I do all my flailing and sprints. Good times.