May. 18th, 2010 01:34 am
megwrites: Shakespeared! Don't be afraid to talk Elizabethan, or Kimberlian, or Meredithian! (shakespeared!)
I'm alive and I can emerge from my hidey-hole of Must Finishdom where I've been hiding since mid-April in my never-say-die effort to get this draft done with so I can move on to other projects. And finally, I am done! Wooo!

The first draft of Soul Machines (the Vampire Novel o' Doom) is now officially complete. It's overdue and overweight, but at least it's OVER!

It stands at 186,513 words (by Open Office's account), but I think I should get points because I finished it on vacation with a case of swimmer's ear so bad that the doctor gave me darvocet for the pain and two different kinds of ear drops.

Yeah, that's hardcore.

So I'm going to enjoy a couple days of relaxing and letting my brain blank out before I a) start a new job and b) start a new project.

Oh, and if you've been wondering why I've been absent from the world for a while, it's because I've been finishing a novel, taking an epic road trip home to Tennessee (guess what, we arrived just in time for the flooding in my home town of Jackson - an hour and a half outside Nashville) and then flying to Florida and then getting a new job (which I start on the 20th) and generally being busy.

Now, once my life finally reaches cruising altitude again, I can get back to work on whatever is next. Which I think is either the Untitled Steampunk Extravaganza or the Hell!Romance thing or maybe finishing up the nanoproject, Bound for Canaan. IDK. It all depends.

For now, I'm going to get some victory sleep.
megwrites: Shakespeared! Don't be afraid to talk Elizabethan, or Kimberlian, or Meredithian! (shakespeared!)
Right now I should be continuing on with Bound For Canaan, because I've come to realize it's a tale worth telling. And I like it. And I think the premise is good. And it's probably marketable.

However, I'm not. I'm wrestling with how to fix the Urban Fantasy novel I was halfway through writing before Nano rolled around. It's harder because I haven't shown any of it to anyone and I'm not sure how much of this is me just not being able to be objective about my own work.

I know that I'm struggling to shape the premise into something that isn't just Yet Another Urban Fantasy novel, because I feel like I'm treading on oft-explored ground here. Some of my characters might not be conventional, but I don't think that's enough to carry it off.

One of my frustrations with the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre as it stands is that there is so much promise, but so many authors keep repeating the same old, same old over and over again. I don't want to do that, but I'm not sure how to find a premise that isn't one big collection of cliches.

I keep trying to find the unexplored corners, the "oh, never thought about that" places - 'cause I know they're there but it feels like I can't quite get there mentally. And then I try to think of what hasn't been done at all, or rarely done - but that, too, seems to elude me.

I feel like I'm digging in a freshly fertilized field. There's a thick layer of crap in between me and the seeds of something that might bear fruit.

I think I'm going to go read for a bit, eat some lunch, get other work done and see if this resolves itself. If not, I'll get back to working on the story that I do know what to do with. s
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I really need to try to insert more positivity on this blog, because I feel like I'm really just either whining about how writing is haaaaaaard (because being, say, homeless or working twelve hours a day digging ditches is just a breeze) or complaining about things.

That day, however, is not today. So if you're in a squeetastical mood, you may not want to read what I have to say.

1. Squee Kill #1 - NaNoWriMo Not So Grate Askhully (For Me).

Why I Failed NaNoWriMo. )

2. Squee Kill #2 - Thanksgiving, even less grate askhully (culturally).

In which I kill your squee and your turkey leftovers. )
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Just a quick word update to keep me honest. So far, having two projects is a bit like having newborn twins. If one isn't acting the hell up, the other is. But on the plus side (and totally NOT like babies) when one gets too fussy, I can put it down and go play with the other one for a while. Though I hear that as far as parenting goes, that's not a really good tack to take.

One of my stories is doing better wordcount wise than the other, but not story wise. It's weird. I have more words on the first because I've been drawing out a lot of details. The other isn't as filled with useless descriptions because I know where the plot is going (sort of).

Word Count: Bound For Canaan
8485 / 50000

Word Count: The Bronze Orchid
6721 / 50000
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So, I decided to do both ideas. Yes, that's right friends and Romans, I'm going to be writing not one, but two novels for NaNoWriMo.

I know that this is a bad idea and is proof that I have no idea what I'm doing. I am AWARE. KTHNXBAI.

Word counts:

Bound for Canaan (Novel #1)
2000 / 50000

The Bronze Orchid (Novel #2)
980 / 50000

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