The Cat is Still Away


Yes, once again, if you are reading this, I am gone.  If  I’ve been lucky in Internet connections, then I replied off and on in the last two weeks. If not, then I am blissfully unaware of everything. J

Last week I offered my day to have you introduce yourselves. Take today, de-lurk, post 200 words or less about your current WIP. Post something about a book you are reading. Say hi in a different way. Chat among yourselves. Use Internet protocols and etiquette. Have fun.

Me? I just started the Memories series by Barb Hendee. Fantastic urban fantasy! I am well into book two as I write this, and must
totally recommend it to you.

I am also doing research for books 5 and 6 and 7 of the Jane Yellowrock series. And praying that the house sitter remembers that the house cleaner comes today…

You might come away with something great: a new series to read, some encouragement from your fellow writers. I’ll check in from the road if I can.




29 comments to The Cat is Still Away

  • I’m reading The Magician King, by Lev Grossman. It’s the second book in his Fillory series. In the first book, The Magicians, Quentin Coldwater is about to graduate from high school when he discovers that the magical land of Fillory he read about as a child is real, as is the magic required to get there. In The Magician King, Quentin has been living as a king in the fantasy land of Fillory, but when he’s abruptly yanked back to the ordinary world, he becomes determined to find a way back again. It’s a little like Harry Potter for grownups.

  • Fireheart1974

    @Misty…we still can’t catch up outside of a con! Sorry we missed you at the Renn. My SIL gave me the Magicians…she loved it! I guess I really need to get it off the “to-read” pile and give it a try.

    @All, Hola! I’m still banging away at my WIP, a steampunk mystery which is so not very steampunky at the moment. I’ve been reading the SW: Fate of the Jedi series but apparently my library doesn’t have Book 6 on Kindle so I’ll either have to chase down a hard copy or find someone who will loan me Book 6. (They do have 7 & 8…sigh) I’m also trying to read the first Charlaine Harris’ Aurora Teagarden Mystery but the writing is bugging me for some reason…I’m not sure I particularly like the voice of the character. I may hop over and try her Lily Bard series.
    Otherwise, it’s back to work.

  • I’m reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. I’ve found myself on a big traditional fantasy kick lately, finishing up this one, The Wayfarer King by K.C. May (highly recommend both books in that series!) and Rachel Aaron’s The Spirit Thief. All fun books, but definitely more humor in Rachel’s book than the others. I also just published Genesis, the first in a YA Apocalyptic trilogy called Return to Eden, published another Bubba the Vampire Hunter short story (9,000 words – not so short), and submitted a short story to a magazine. Tonight I’ll either start working on a short story about a guy who gets in a car accident and wakes up with superpowers (or does he?) or I’ll work on one about a girl with a magical cash register at a fast food restaurant that doles out prizes and punishments based on the behavior of her customers. Hope to knock those out this weekend, since I’m taking a long weekend.

  • What I’m working on is … um, too complicated to explain.

    I’m an avid webcomic reader. Have been for years; in 2004 I wrote a paper on “Webcomics as an Expression of Geek Culture.” I could gush about webcomics for hours, but I’ll try to keep it short:

    Girl Genius, a steampunk about Agatha Heterodyne, who has the wild mad scientist powers of a “spark” and an intriguing personal backstory

    Wayward Sons, an epic science fiction about what happens when a spaceship full of prisoners, the Tytan, and the vessel escorting them, the Ulympea, are both accidentally transported to the far side of the galaxy and crash land on primitive Earth. The survivors find themselves with psionic powers and near-immortality.

    Sister Claire, the story of a young nun pregnant with the world’s next saviour.

    Quantum Vibe, a science fiction set five hundred years in the future, where society has advanced, but still has yet to settle beyond the edges solar system. Nicole Oresme gets wrapped up in adventures related to this.

    The Dreamland Chronicles, a kids comic about the fantasy world that exists in our sleep, at least until we grow out of it.

    Pretty much all of these are in graphic novel format. I love the stories. And there are so many other wonderful webcomics out there, too, but I’m probably waaay over my 200 words now. 😉

  • I’ve actually been focusing on my freelance writing with Yahoo, so my fiction has been suffering. It is teaching me to write to deadlines and the pay is ok.

    As to my reading, I am reading through Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. As such, I just read through St. Augustine’s Confessions. Now I’m reading the old Celtic story Deidere and the Norse Mythology story, The Song of the Seer. Very interesting stuff!

  • For you guys looking for beta readers and writer’s groups, don’t forget the MagicalWordsBetas.

    Could someone share the link here? I can’t find it on the new site.

  • Reading Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE for the second time, because I assigned it to a student with whom I’m working on a worldbuilding course. I’ve just finished copyediting THIEFTAKER and will be moving on to a new Thieftaker short in the next day or two. And soon I’ll be off to Costa Rica to see my daughter who is studying there for the semester.

  • Unicorn

    I’m reading “The Great Hunt” by Robert Jordan and Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and thoroughly enjoying both. At the moment a lot of my writing seems to happen in the form of literature assignments for school, but at least I’ve reached the myths and legends section. Invaluable for worldbuilding, even though my assignments end up five pages long.
    I’m revising a novel and writing the first draft of another novel and a novella, though the first-draft novel is giving me trouble. Being a young adult, I write YA high fantasy and I love it. My novel in revision is about a boy who wants to be a knight, the part-unicorn, part-horse who makes his dream come true, and the beast who wants to kill them both.
    Thanks for the opportunity, Faith.

  • What I’m reading: Right now, comics. Some of the New 52 from DC. (The ones that rock: Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Batwoman, Justice League, Dark Justice League, Wonder Woman). Some from Marvel (Ultimate Spiderman, Uncanny X-Force, and some others). I’m going to read Kaylana’s “Grave Witch” and Terry Pratchett’s “Snuff” this weekend on vacation at Myrtle Beach.

    What I’m working on: Hell Mary, my 80,000 word urban fantasy novel about an unwilling, guilt ridden demon hunter, Mary, and the demon who she killed once and who is now back trying to kill her. This weekend I’m doing the final round of edits–I’m doing word and sentence level edits to increase tension on every page (from Donald Maas’s “Writing the Breakout Novel” workbook). Then I have to make the changes to the document. Then I’m writing up a query letter, sending it to some folks, and then sending it out. Oh, yeah, I’ve got to write a synopsis too. I’m hoping by December 1 to have my first round out to my very very first choices of agents. 🙂

  • Mikaela

    I am reading ” Shifting plant phenology in response to global change.” Oh, wait. You meant fiction? Not much of that lately. I did find Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews at my local bookstore, and bought it ( Way early, but I love her books). Then a couple of days ago I discovered I have pre-ordered it from the Bookdepository. Oops. ( I am not absentminded, I am supportive! :D) Next up is Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman. If I am lucky it arrives on Friday, if I am unlucky on Monday.

    Writingwise, I currently working on the first draft of Bergakungens dotter. I am about to dump my MC in the court, which mean I am reaching the last 15 K or something. Unfortunately, I am doing nano, and I don’t have 35k of draft, but 20ish. I am proud of myself that I manage to get to the goal almost every day :D.

  • Tera, I hate I missed you on Saturday! I did try to find you, but the crowd was so insane. I heard it was a record-breaker. Did Glen tell you I was hunting for you?

  • My berserkers in Buffalo NY WIP is out to the Betas so I’m letting my brain ignore it for now. I’m working on an article tentatively titled “Virgins of the Apocalypse: the Teleology of Chastity in Aldhelm’s de Virginitate.” My new shiny that’s still in the prewriting stage is “Sister’s of Mercy” – it’s an epic fantasy centering around an order of armed women who administer the final mercy to the wounded on battlefields. I don’t know too much more about it than that yet. I just finished Mistress of the Art of Death which is a surprisingly good historical murder mystery set in 12th century England.

  • Hepseba ALHH

    MY HUSBAND JUST BOUGHT ME THE WISE MAN’S FEAR AND THE NEXT DRESDEN FILES FOR MY BIRTHDAY! Also, my sister gave my some YA books from when we were younger, starting with “Wise Child” by Monica Furlong, and “Shabanu” by Suzanne Fisher Staples. I still don’t read a lot of YA, but I can firmly say that I waffle between “Sabriel” by Garth Nix, and “Book of a Thousand Days” by Shannon Hale as my favorite(s).

    I recently read a quote from James Cameron that said that Our Dependence-on And Use-of Technology are at the heart of all his movies (including Titanic). I suspect that The Misleading Nature Of Appearances will be at the heart of all of my stories/novels, assuming I can get my act together and ever get past this first one. At least three of my story-ideas-for-the-future involve shape-shifting of one sort or another. And, as mentioned last week, one of my POV characters is a good guy technically working for the bad guys.

  • Razziecat

    Late to the party again! 🙂 I’m halfway through NaNoWriMo, 25,000+ words into my fantasy WIP about the return of a legendary dark god and the priest-mages who are trying to prevent it. Along the way, they have to survive a deadly plague, fight the forces (both military & magical) of a renegade mage who is bound to the dark god, and learn to control the wild magical gifts of Cullen Emory, the just-initiated mage whose magic is mysteriously tied to the newly-awakened god.

    I’m not reading much right now because there isn’t time, between working during the day & pounding out the WIP at night. Was reading A Dance with Dragons, but frankly my brain just can’t handle Martin’s convoluted plot until I’m done with NaNo.

  • mudepoz

    Funny, Mikaela, I’m reading the same thing. Flowering times have really changed. Okay, I’m listening to Shadow Fever by KMM at work, The Enemy, by Lee Child in the car, and How to Raise a buppy you can live with…oh, and Rot and Ruin, by Jonathan Maberry. THANK YOU FAITH! ((I heart zombies). Pardon me, I have 7 eight week old bups racing around the house and a bad back, someone want to catch a few for me?

  • Well, what I’m reading (when I’m not so tired I’m falling asleep with the book in my hand…and is in no way an issue with the book) is a novel called Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan. It’s the first book of a trilogy called the Riyria Revelations and is a Chihuahua killer (go figure, epic fantasy). Pretty awesome and snarky so far.

    What I’m working on now is for an open call for “Yellow Ribbon” romance from Avon for their Impulse line. It’s a Dystopian Futuristic Romance about a man who returns from a war across the galaxy after freeing an allied world from tyranny and finds his own world under a new oppressive government regime and the woman who waited for him embroiled in terrorist activities with a group called Libertas. As they work to find a way out of their predicament, they learn that the new regime has been working for a long while to make this happen and even the war itself was planned to keep the military from interfering with their takeover.

    When I get that done and revised, beta’d, and revised again (hopefully before the January 31st deadline), I’ll go back to finishing the first draft on the second book of my epic fantasy romance duology.

  • Hmmm. When I’m not working a dozen hours a day…
    I’m second-pass beta-reading an unpublished novel written by a friend (when I’m in edit-mode); The Divine Comedy by Dante (when the sole-surviving brain cell can handle the poetic translation gymnastics); and two mythology collections – one Ainu, one Swedish – when nothing else will stick.
    I can’t exactly claim to be writing anything right now. Instead, I’m re-thinking, re-structuring, re-plotting and outlining my three WIPs, and trying to find the right recipe for a couple of Really Cool Ideas so they’ll bake into Stories.

  • I’m beta reading Laura’s (scroll up to see her comment) YA novel. Just finished beta reading another MWers novel and looking for more manuscripts for an exchange. I finished (and I use that word loosely) book 1 in an epic fantasy trilogy and so doing manuscript swaps. I’m on the magical words beta readers group, so if you want to read my manuscript and have one of your own you want to swap with me, drop me a line.
    I quite enjoy reading completed manuscripts and offering my humble opinion. Hopefully I get my manuscript back with a stack of opinion all over it.

  • Reading: Frankenstein, though I haven’t picked it up in weeks. My god, what a sad sop of a story.

    Writing: The Ilialiad, my Nano novel; “Easy Pickings”, the collaboration with Faith; ElectriCity, a graphic novel script, and, um. Yeah, that’s everything right now. Those aer what I’m trying to get done by the end of November, anyway. o.O

  • Vyton

    Thanks, Faith. My focus is on a cave story that involves intra-galactic visitors, a ghost, and accidental travel back in space/time by the MC where he visits with a minor historical figure. On the back burner, I have a story in which a vampire seeks acceptance in a gay/lesbian chorus and spreads chaos all around. And, I have a developing idea of a post-apocalytic world where formerly single-celled organisms, such as bacteria, have taken up polymerization as a life style to the point these invisible organisms in our present world form visible, slimy sheets that drop on you from trees as you walk through the forest. I’m reading (hard cover) Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and listening (yes, actually audio cassettes) to Tony Hillerman’s Shape Shifters in the car. *Walk in beauty.*

  • You Guys ROCK! Really. I am so very impressed.

  • I’m between reads at the moment. Just finished Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story (man that guy has a way of sucking up hours of my time! In a good way), and am about to start Horns by Joe Hill. I’m also working my way through every single John D. MacDonald book as I ride the bike at the gym. As for my current WIP, I’m 25,000+ words into my 3rd manuscript; an urban fantasy with a male protagonist. Wrote my first supernatural fight scene this week; it took me three days to get my courage up; once I finished it, I slashed it by half, and I kinda like it!

  • liornessa

    I was reading Free Fall by William H. Keith, but then NaNoWriMo ate my soul. So, I’m working on that in most of my free time, and it is Awful. My first drafts normally are, but this one may have reached a new level of awfulness. It was supposed to be a fantasy mystery with a “tea cozy” tone–and then this Gothic monster thing showed up and stole the show. C’est le…writing? 😛 (five years of French in high school and yet I’m better at Japanese)

    @Lyn: Yay, Huntsville!

  • Cindy

    I am reading “1636: The Saxon Uprising” by Eric Flint. I have a comtempory science fiction novel in first draft process and an epic fantasy almost done with world building. I will outline the fantasy between drafts on the WIP. I keep telling myself I need to try short story writing, but I find them very difficult.

  • Really late to the party again, I see. I’m taking a break from reading sff and am currently reading Certain Prey by John Sandford in book form and Jane Austen’s Persuasion on my phone. I’m finding the old style of Austen’s writing refreshing. But I think I’ve taken enough of a break because I just ordered the first two Dresden Files books and can’t wait to get them in my hot little hands.

    My WIP is an epic fantasy about a brilliant healer-priestess who must overcome her own arrogance and work with others to prevent a coup plot and stop the supernatural forces causing dissention. I’ve been working on the first draft for three years and I’m getting close to the end. I promised myself I would get it done by the end of the year.

  • NickP

    I’m a relatively new lurker.

    Reading: Dashiell Hammett’s “Red Harvest,” which I’ve found to be quite entertaining. Private detective trying to clean up a town with multiple criminal factions including the cops and the big businessman who hired him in the first place. Listening to Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space,” on audiobook. Very dense with Sci-fi ideas.

    Writing: Comic book/screenplay-ish script that I may illustrate and/or convert to a novel. Cyberpunk, contemporary/urban fantasy, wuxia [kung fu movie] fusion setting. Ensemble cast-ish, not focused on one protagonist at the moment. Hopefully it’ll be a nice mix of action, drama, comedy and horror when it’s done. Quickie summary…

    Ten years ago the evil Church of Starry Wisdom slew their enemies, the Third Eye Society, and went underground. The orphans of the Third Eye Society have been raised by the mysterious and brutally strict Geoffrey “Deadly Maze” Wickham to avenge their parents. They are the new Third Eye Society.

    Under the guise of Marduk Investigations they hunted bounties and performed private eye work, while secretly fighting Lovecraftian threats.

    Recent hints that Starry Wisdom is in motion have reached the surface and a confrontation with the Third Eye Society is inevitable as Starry Wisdom seeks to release an imprisoned Great Old One and its loyal servants – The Seven Sainted Hollows.

    2nd idea I’ll probably never do: Someone needs to do an Urban Fantasy version of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. If you’ve read the stories you’ll know why.

  • sagablessed

    Wow, I am way over due for catching up. Reading: Four and twenty blackbirds by Mercedes Lackey. Sorta? Kinda? Like, when I have time?

    My WIP is novel about a man who is still mourning the loss of his husband, putting his nephew through college, and trying to keep an ardent love interest at bay. Of course, inbetween these things he has to save his nephew’s girlfriend from having her soul eaten by sorccerer (who is trying to bring a thyrse -a spirit of Chaos- into our world). And save his his own sanity as the ghost of his dead husband meddles in the protagonist’s earthly affairs. Oh, and the nephew’s ex-girlfriend has a secret that could kill them all.
    I took an oath to finish it before Beltaine. So I need to chop-chop with the mad writing moves.