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[Update] October 2017

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It’s October!

This is just going to be a quick update this time, mostly because there’s not a whole lot new to talk about regarding my various writing projects. I’ve still been writing– it just hasn’t been going very quickly. Something about international travel and navigating a new culture. Go figure!

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I’d finished the first draft of a short story, and I’m still working away on it. At this point, I’ve probably got a third or a fourth of the second draft done, and I’m liking what it’s looking like. I hesitate to give an estimated time of completion, but I’m hoping to post it up in the next week or so. We’ll see!

In addition to that, I’ve got a couple of other ideas in the works, one of which should just be a simple, fun idea that will write itself easily enough. Of course, I’ve been wrong about that before, but here’s hoping.

In the meantime, I’ll keep posting up Friday updates on my Armenian adventure, so be sure to let me know if there’s anything you want to hear more about! Until then, all the best!

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[Update] September 2017

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Hey everyone! New month, new update!

I’m not sure how it went for you guys, but August absolutely flew past on my end. As you’ve probably seen in a couple of places, the final week of the month saw me flying out to Armenia to start a four month stint as a volunteer with Birthright Armenia, and I have no doubt that the preparation for that played a large part in the rate at which time passed.

Unfortunately, it also meant I was a lot less productive writing-wise than in July, only finishing one short story (Grey Dog Inn) and not getting a whole lot farther on my rewrite for The Seven. So far, as I’m settling in to my homestay and getting used to a new schedule, it’s looking like I’ll have a fair amount of time for writing in between all of the getting out and living and learning and volunteering, but only time will tell.

As it stands right now, I’ve got part of a short story written, which will hopefully be ready to go up sometime early this week. If I’m really lucky/productive/my brain doesn’t explode while trying to learn Armenian, I may even manage to make up the week I missed due to travel by getting something ready to go up next week as well, but I make no promises.

Anyway, that’s all the news from August! Let me know down below in the comments if you’ve got any questions, curiosities, or requests for stories. Until next time!

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[Update] August 2017

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Hey all!

First, thanks for being a part of this first month of blogging! All of you following me here on the site and over on Facebook are such a huge encouragement, and you mean the world to me. I’m definitely looking forward to keeping up with the blog and the stories and seeing what comes of it! Other than that, I just wanted to give you all a quick update on what I’ve been working on the past month, and what’s coming up next.

So! July!

Aside from The Ethan Lindsay Job and Wisp Night, I’ve also been working on the third chapter of my rewrite of The Seven. It’s been going a little slower than I’d like, though I’m definitely making progress and I think it’s getting to the point where the chapter is doing what it needs to be doing to set the stage for the rest of the story. Because of the size of the cast, there’s a lot of introductions that need to be done, preferably in a way that also sets the scene for later as well– you know, basic good writing– which keeps proving a little more difficult than I expect it to, mostly because I have too many ideas and haven’t yet figured out how to narrow them down.

That being said, I think I’m getting close, and once I get this chapter squared away, I’ll have six of my main characters all set to go, and my current idea is to have number seven show up a bit later anyway. This means that I should be able to start digging into more of the plotty and exciting bits shortly, which I am definitely looking forward to. Everything’s better when you get to slay monsters!

For August, I’ll continue chipping away at The Seven, and I expect to be able to finish chapter three and get at least a little way into four as well. All the battling with it last month has left me with a much clearer idea of the beginning/middle/end sequence for the chapter, and once that gets figured out the actual writing tends to flow a bit easier. So, I’m hopeful!

I’ll also keep following the same schedule of “Friday blog, new short story every other week,” with the next story due early next week, so keep an eye out for that! I’ve got ideas for another fantasy standalone and potentially another Tanner and Miranda adventure, both of which have me excited. Additionally, my grand adventure to Armenia begins at the end of this month, so we’ll see how that balancing act goes. Ha.

That’s it for now! Thanks again for coming by, and please be sure to let me know if you’ve got any questions or comments by posting below! I’ll be back on Friday with a new blog. Until then, all the best and have a fantastic week!

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[Update] Current Projects

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Whether it’s because I’m easily sidetracked or because half of my ideas wouldn’t get along with the other half if I tried to stick them all in the same story, I’ve always got several projects going at once. Here are the details on the ones that are keeping me the busiest!

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The Seven (fantasy novel)
When the Rehk begin to break into the world again, seven people band together to fight back against the most terrible threat any of them have ever faced in the hope that they can banish the monsters once again.

This one started out as my project for NaNoWriMo ’15. I am currently working on the second draft, which involves some serious renovations on characters, structure, and pretty much everything else. It’s also where I’m currently spending most of my writing time.

 

The Tanner and Miranda Stories (sci-fi/adventure short stories)
Out on Earth’s first colony, things can get a little hairy. For mercenary siblings Tanner and Miranda Griff, that just means they’ve got a nearly constant stream of work. The hard part is making sure they don’t get themselves into more trouble than they can handle.

Miranda and Tanner first showed up when I wrote Under Whiskey Hill, and I had no plans to expand on their world. But they were a lot of fun to write, and they definitely had more stories to tell. Basically, one thing led to another, and these two are going to be getting into all sorts of trouble.

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Besides the above, I’ve also got a couple that are less actively taking up my time, but are still knocking around in my head often enough to merit a mention.

Runner (fantasy novel)
Waking up with none of your memories and a complete stranger telling you that you’re a werewolf is bad enough. Realizing that you’ll have to choose between finding your old life and helping your new friends survive just makes things even more complicated.

I’ve been playing with this concept in one form or another since mid-2010, which apparently is long enough for me to get to know my characters but not long enough to figure out the finer details of the plot. I return to it every couple of months or so to play around with it and tease it towards a more cohesive state.

 

Aralez (sci-fi novel)
The galaxy shrank when we built Aralez, the first of the arc-stations. We could  It was humanity’s greatest achievement, the application of our most advanced technology. But that was long ago, and what was once the hub for settlement and exploration is a quiet backwater. We have no idea why the pirates found it interesting enough to attack and board the station.

I’m still in the process for worldbuilding here. I wrote part of a rough first draft for this one during NaNo ’16, but it’s mostly in a conceptual stage at the moment.