Change of project

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I didn’t get around to posting again during the week – I’ve still been a bit under the weather. For several days, I didn’t write anything, which I’m a bit upset about, and on a few other days I just wrote some fanfiction for  a Les Miserables week on Tumblr. But the important thing is that I haven’t stopped writing completely!

Over the last week or so, I’ve switched focus from the sequel to Submerge – a series I think I finally need a bit of a break from  so I can recharge – to A King’s Ransom, which is still new and shiny and exciting!

Over the last two weeks, I’ve written 4814 words. Hopefully I’ll be back on form this week…

Talk to you soon!

A new idea has appeared

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Today I wrote some more of my latest Caldria story – the first draft needed something and my editor very helpfully pointed me right at it. I also did a little more editing, and then I wrote a lot of Jin. That story currently stands at nearly 9000 words long, which is quite surprising for a spur-of-the-moment prompt fill.

I also jotted down what I could remember of a surprisingly coherent narrative dream I had last night. “I saw it in a dream” does not always a good story make, but I think this one may have potential. It had some workable plot points, I think, and interesting characters, so I’m keeping them on file for a later date. Watch me give into temptation the moment I’m done with Jin… Never mind. Writing is writing, and I can work on it alongside The Perfect Garden if needs be.

Total written today: 1260 words.

February total so far: 20470 words.

2015 total so far: 51842 words.

Talk to you tomorrow!

The Secret Project: Revealed

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Right, I’m sure you’re all dying to know what my Secret Project was over the last month or so. Well, alright, you’re probably not, but this is my blog and you have to indulge me a little bit, so I’m going to tell you a bit about it anyway. Without further ado, allow me to introduce…

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel

L-R: Joanne, Nicole, Helen and Diana. Character images created in the Sims 4.

Don We Now Our Gay Apparel (for which title I can’t take credit – my sister plucked it from the carol ‘Deck the Halls’ because I’m terrible at titles) came about because of a complaint from a dear friend. “I want to curl up and watch a Christmas movie about ladies who love ladies, but there’s nothing. Like, I want a Christmassy Imagine Me & You, or a queer Love Actually.” She made this offhand comment to my sister and went on her merry way, this being the third week of November. But once my NaNo novella was done, I got cracking.

I can’t make a film happen at the drop of a hat (though if anyone reading this can, I’m prepared to discuss rights!) so I went for the next best thing; a complete feature-length screenplay. I’m not sure if its recipient has entirely read it yet – though she has agreed I can blog about it – so I’m going to try to avoid spoilers, but here’s the basic idea.

Helen Anderson works in customer services for a large gym chain, which is holding a large pre-Christmas conference for all its staff. Also attending is Nicole Bridges, a personal trainer for the same gym chain, whose girlfriend Jo Starr happens to be providing the musical entertainment. Travelling with them is Diana Ruan, nominally Jo’s manager for this particular set of gigs – but managing Jo is more trouble than it seems. Especially when she starts volunteering for things on Diana’s behalf and trying to set her up with the nice woman who’s liasing with her about gigs…

I’m terrible at summaries (it’s something to work on, I know) but that’s your basic outline. I think it’s got a few laughs in there, along with tension and romance, and the speaking cast is almost entirely just those four women. I hope my friend enjoys it, and that it would make a good film if it ever got the chance. It’s also proof that I can write a feature film in a month, whatever its narrative failings.

Tomorrow, I’ll be rounding up my year in writing, looking back at my achievements on and off the page. I’ll see you then!

Still going…

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I’ve done a bit on the secret project today, and though it seems like it’s going really slowly, it should be nearly done. I’m hoping it’ll be sorted for the deadline.

Meanwhile, my fanfiction readers are probably after my blood (or, worse, have forgotten about me) because I haven’t updated since August due to general distractions and writer’s block. The Perfect Garden awaits continuation, but I’ve managed to book in a short story for Caladria first. So it’s all go!

Once I’ve got the big deadline out of the way (the secret project), I should be alright with the multitasking – I often work on multiple projects at a time – but the secret project is a big challenge and it came up very suddenly with next to no lead time, so it’s all-consuming right now.

I’ll keep you posted – talk to you soon!

And I’m off…

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I’ve just been hooked up with my first brief for Caladria, and it’s a very exciting one. In a strange turn of events, I’m actually going to be writing in full one of the first little outlined snippets of history I read about this new world, which just feels a little bit like destiny. I’m stoked about it, but I’ve got a lot of research to do on the settings and species involved before I can get down to actually writing it. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in as soon as I can!

In the meantime, the secret project continues. I want to have it done by solstice, ideally (21st December) but we shall see.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Plenty going on, little to report…

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I’ve written some things today! Hurrah!

Firstly, I’ve done another scene or two of the secret project, so it’s probably time to do another time trial of that, actually. Also, I’ve just had word that my edits for Inside and The Man Left Behind have been accepted, so I won’t be doing any more to those stories for A Pride of Poppies. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about that in Spring.

Once the secret project is sorted – by Christmas, with a bit of luck, as my original deadline hit some logistical snags – I’ll be back to working on Blooms of Summer, the second installment of The Perfect Garden, continuing to edit The Cold Light of Day, and of course I hope to be writing and getting published with Caladria, the team creating a collaborative fantasy world. It promises to be a very exciting project and I’m sure I’ll shut up about it eventually but today, my friends, is not that day.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today, so talk soon, readers!

//+63/-7/ (or, ‘The Cat is on My Keyboard’)

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It’s December 1st, NaNoWriMo is over, and I have to try to remember what I blogged about before I gave myself over entirely to word counts. Fortunately, the cat is very helpful and decided to get me started with a post title.

I’ve been busy again today – redeeming my Winner’s Discount on Scrivener so it’s mine, mine forever *evil laugh*, adding a few more scenes to the secret project of secrets, and writing an entire 1000-word short story to submit to a group I want to write for. Actually, after so much word padding with NaNo and trying to make sure a story has legs for 50,000 or more words, the 1000 word limit imposed on each piece of fiction submitted with applications has been a really interesting exercise and, considering how short my stories always used to be, I was surprised by how challenging I found it. I’ll be doing another similar-length piece at some point over the next week or so, and then I’ll just have to hope for the best!

Talk to you tomorrow! In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you’re up to?