Hello, Magical Worders!
Well, okay, really it’s the same old me, but nearly two years after being obliged to drop off Magical Words for personal reasons, I’m back! I’ll be blogging here again twice a month, every other Thursday, and I am so very very happy to be doing so. I missed you guys!
My inaugural post, though, is mostly about what’s been going on with me the past couple years rather than being something brilliantly insightful about writing. Many of you know I’d been writing three books a year since about 2004, but last year I had a baby, and something had to give. Magical Words was one of the things that gave–and I also have made a desperate effort to cut down my writing schedule to two books a year under contract. (This is the point at which many people stare at me accusingly. I’m sorry. Two books is as little as I can feel mentally comfortable with. I can’t help writing quickly, even with a baby. :))
I’ve (literally) just finished the copy edits for RAVEN CALLS, the 7th book of the Walker Papers. I think last time I posted was when book six, SPIRIT DANCES, hit the shelves, and I’ve already begun MOUNTAIN ECHOES, book *eight*, which blows my tiny mind. I wrote the first book, URBAN SHAMAN, in Y2K, and now I’ve got less than two books to go before the series is done. More than a decade of my life wrapped up there in that series! Exciting and scary all at once! So that’s my big on-going project right now: finishing the Walker Papers. Some of what I’ll be talking about over the next several months is the wrap-up of a long-running series, which I hope will be of some interest to Worders.
I’m also (inevitably) already about 4500 words behind on Nanowrimo, which I see no one has mentioned on MW recently. But I bet my next post will be about it, because I kind of promised my nephew a book for Christmas, and, um, it’s not written yet. So that’s actually my second “book under contract” for 2011, even though it’s not a someone’s-paying-me-money kind of contract. So by my next post you should expect me to have, er, about 30,000 words written…O.O
But besides that, the amazing thing is that two books a year means I have time to do some really fun all-for-me projects. I don’t know if Faith’s mentioned it recently, but she and I are finishing up “Easy Pickings”, a novella-length e-pub crossover story between Jane Yellowrock, heroine of Faith’s urban fantasy series, and Joanne Walker, heroine of my Walker Papers series. This is one of those OMG it would be SO MUCH FUN! ideas that I just don’t think I’d have been able to do under any other circumstances, and before the end of the year it’ll be up on Amazon & other online venues for people to buy. (Our teaser for “Easy Pickings” is available here!)
I’ve also been focusing on a couple of other ways to get myself and my stories out there into the world: crowdfunding, which I’ll be talking about more in an upcoming blog. But in short, it’s internet-based patronage: an artist says “I would like to do this project; do you, The Internet, wish to support me in making it happen?”
One of those projects is something that happened while I was writing RAVEN CALLS. I ran up against a scene where for the first time in seven books I suddenly wanted to change viewpoint characters and go tell somebody else’s story–Gary, the 74-year-old cabbie sidekick’s story, in fact. And I got so excited about the idea that I decided I just had to give it a shot, so I set it up as a Kickstarter project to see if other people would be as excited about the idea as I am. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and so next year I’ll be writing “No Dominion”, a Garrison Report novella. (I don’t want to be obnoxious about shilling this stuff, so ignore this bit if you wish: the “No Dominion” campaign page is here, and–because I can’t write an actual teaser for the novella because it starts in the middle of HUGE SPOILERS for RAVEN CALLS, I’ve written the first couple chapters of URBAN SHAMAN from Gary’s point of view, just for the flavor crystals. :))
And my last for-the-fun-of-it project has been the Old Races Short Story Project, where I’ve written six stories set in the Negotiator Trilogy world. They are, of course, one story each about selkies, dragons, gargoyles, djinn, vampires and humans (and yes of course I did that on purpose *looks furitive*), and it’s been enormous fun to delve back into that universe.
So that’s what I’ve been up to, and from here on out I’ll be talking more about nuts and bolts of some of the things mentioned here, as well as hopefully bringing you some other moments of insight into the life of a working writer & new mommy.