Monday, June 25, 2012

What I've been up to

My blog has been errily quiet as of late, and for that I apologize. It's really amazing how participating in something like #fridayflash really gets you motivated to keep up with this blog thing, twitter, etc. But then again writing blog posts, doing twitter, and even posting flash stories here takes away precious writing/editing time for my novels and short stories which I have been working feverishly on.

Speaking of those stories, I have 2 short stories and a couple flash stories I have finished polishing up and will be submitting soon to some paying markets. They might be out there a while, but by the time I get to the bottom of my lists I hopefully will have a bunch more in the pipeline as my idea bank (literally a piggybank I put postits and index cards with ideas in) is full of stuff waiting to be written. So that's cool and I'm glad I've been able to really buckle down on those projects.

But I've also been working on my novels. My SF novel "Project Theodosius" (working title) is coming along nicely. Every once in a while I need to make a tweak to the outline, but for the most part it's good. I'm about 20k into it and the story is at the point where it is really writing itself. Even now that I'm getting into the middle sections, I'm not feeling any type of story sag as I climb the wordcount ladder towards the climax. In fact, I think there is plenty of action/intrigue to not only keep my at the edge of my seat when I'm writing, but also hopefully eventually the reader.

The mainstream novel I'm in the editing process with, "An Echo Remains" is going well. I've made the necessary macro adjustments I think I've needed to make so the story runs smoothly with a good, solid character arc. At first that was tough because it meant doing a complete overhaul on the first couple chapters, which I really didn't want to do. I guess I'm fine with line edits, but getting myself to delete an entire chapter or scene is tough and I never really want to sit down and do it. But saner opinions prevaled and I got those done with.

With those novels, I would like to have the edits done on Echo as well as the first draft of Theodosius done by the end of the summer, and looking at my schedule I should have enough time. (Even with my marathon training really ramping up) I think I will try to get a flash story on here once in a while, and a couple weeks ago I wrote one for that purpose, but I ended up liking it so much I wanted to save that one for submissions. So that's another thing I need to watch out for, is I don't want to get into the trap of never releasing any material here because I think it's all too good to be given away for free, and I don't want to just post the second-rate stories I have on here either. So hopefully I'll bite the bullet with one of these and post one.

Anyways that's what I've been up to. What about you?


Helen July 1, 2012 at 1:55 AM  

It sounds like you have been busy Michael. I have to say that I did around 6 edits in all, since first writing it, including some rewrites to make transitions smoother in the first 13 chapters of my Novella (novella now, because originally it was around 60,000 words and a novel and after all that editing is just under 50,000 words and a novella now ^_^)

Right now I'm just going through the formatted manuscript one last time, (11 chapters to go) then I guess it's up load time! Hopefully Smashwords will approve it for their premium catalogue first time around - fingers crossed eh!

Other than that, I've been writing flash and of course brought my Tuesday Serial to a finale end with Season Five - happily those who followed it loved it, so maybe you'll see that as an e-book too ^_^

Oh I came second in the Blood Vampire Revenge Competition which won me a $15 Amazon voucher - yay! - that's about it for me.

Helen July 1, 2012 at 1:56 AM  

Ooops I meant to say at the beginning edits to my Novella Jumping At Shadow - how did I miss that out LOL

Chuck Allen July 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM  

Hi Michael. It's great to hear you are making so much progress on your writing. Keep us posted!

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