Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WiP Wednesdays 9/1

Not much progress to report for the week.  I'm in a little bit of a lull and it's actually rather nice.  I may have to take a bit of a break from writing period as school starts up in earnest next week.  I'm looking forward to school, though I know it will be an insane amount of work.  I have orientation this weekend so I'm taking Friday off from blogging.

On to the updates!

Lodestar is resting nicely in my hard drive.  I think the time away from the manuscript will be good for both me and the story.  I'm looking forward to the day that I revise some more, but for now I know my focus needs to be elsewhere.

I added a little, very ambiguous, blurb to the "Writing" page here on the blog.  With some expansion it could totally turn into the query for this book.

Jason McDaniels... is still in world-building mode.  I'm starting to doubt whether this is the sort of book I should write.  It's drastically different from anything else I've written.  (Much of which is drastically different project to project.)

But I think it's too much of a departure.  There's nowhere it would fit in.  The stuff that I've written that actually stands a chance of ever seeing the light of a bookstore shelf (read: Lodestar) is fantasy.  Jason's book is about as not-fantasy as you can get, short of memoir or biography.

Clockworks and Cogs is still sitting there.  It's being very patient, but definitely still wants to become a full-fledged novel.  And I will probably indulge it one day soon.  It's less of a departure from Lodestar and would be more compatible in the grander scheme of what I hope is to come.

How are your WiPs going?


  1. You've got so much going on! I think you'll notice too, that when you do get back to work on things, they'll flow better for you and you'll have much more direction.

    As for me, revising and writing on 2 wips, stewing on another one that's begging for attention.

  2. You're busy, busy but getting a lot done (very impressive). I'm actually at the point where I'm thinking my Louisiana stories are a WIP.

  3. Mine is resting on the hard drive too. I took a little break from writing, but I am anxious to get back to it. Good luck as school gets going.

  4. I love the title CLOCKWORKS AND COGS! I hope orientation goes well for you on Friday. :D

    I should be finished up with my WIP on Friday and onto a new one on Saturday. :)

  5. Good luck with school! I hope you find time to work on your projects -- they sound great.

  6. Going fast. I'll need to catch up on sleep at some point in time...

  7. Wow you are so busy! My wip is going slow, but going. Yay!

  8. You never know, though, which story will be THE ONE. Not just the one that gets attention, but the one you need to write, ya know? I try not to restrict myself very much--if the idea comes, I give it time. Sometimes all a story has is a little intro and then it fades away. But sometimes I find I've stumbled onto something that just ... wow ... And I'm glad I didn't just pass it by.

    BTW, I *love* the name Lodestar. I want to read it just based on that.

    As for me, I'm trying to plow through the first draft of a dystopian that was ALMOST finished--until I cut about 40K last week, lol. And revising two other WiPs. sigh. Always so much to do!

  9. Good luck with school and writing. I'm working on revisions. Cutting a lot of words, which is my goal at this point.

  10. I need to finish a small re-write and then re-enter query land. BUT...I'm in MAJOR procrastination/avoidance mode. :-)

  11. Though you're taking a little break at least you're thinking about your WIPs and what you need to do.

    I just started a new book, and I'm excited about. One chapter done and at least 19 more to go.

    Enjoy the journey!

  12. I'm a huge advocate of letting the MS sit for a while before going back and revising it. Sometimes this is a rinse and repeat process. I just did my first round of revisions on my newest novel, and now I'm letting it rest once again before tackling a major revision. It takes a lot of tweaking to get my books into shape.

    Best of luck with your WIPs!


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