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Jessianodel
08-08-2010, 08:13 AM
I was just curious to see what everyone else was working on, because I've heard some really cool ideas on here. And it's fun to read about what other people think up too. :D

So...

What's everyone writing??

MissMacchiato
08-08-2010, 11:40 AM
I'm working on two things at the moment..

An historical romance which I like the writing style of, but which is stalled due to (lack of) plot issues. Stalled on about 44 000 words

and

A contemporary urban fantasy slash paranormal romance, I'm on 23 000 words at the moment.

It's the story of Emily, a twenty something office drone that needs to turn her life around after the breakup from hell. She was thinking a new hairstyle, maybe some shoes, but instead, she gets turned into a vampire with a major problem - she has an aversion to blood, and can't stop herself from feeding on the emotions of people around her.

Hi jinks and romance ensue :)

What are YOU writing? :D

Jessianodel
08-08-2010, 07:23 PM
I have about 50 books started (by which I mean about an average of three pages, then stop-not very good at staying with something...)

So I'm trying to just focus on one of my projects, which is a YA fantasy.

It's about these four kids who grew up part of the Netju clan, and were trained to protect the Empress against the Samuaii, their enemies. They find an abandoned temple, where a Samuaii Lord is hiding out, and magic staffs made from stolen sacred candles. They kill the Lord, and the Lord's son somehow joins the Netju. But then the Empress is kidnapped, so the four kids, and the Samuaii go out to try and rescue her. But the team leader doesn't trust the Samuaii, so there's a lot of tension in the group, and when things go wrong, guess who's blamed?

And your book sound really cool, a different twist to the boring old drinking blood vampire.

Kitty27
08-08-2010, 09:03 PM
Y'all are interesting!

I'm on a multi genre spree. Check my siggy,lol.

But right now my main focus is horror and urban fantasy.

shaldna
08-08-2010, 09:13 PM
I work on two at one time. I;ve just finsihed my sci-fi/fantasy/historical book about Persephone, and I'm halfway through an adult book about gay angels, plus I've just started a ya novel about aliens.

Susan Littlefield
08-08-2010, 09:55 PM
I'm working on short stories as I get my novel ready for submission to agents.

Mistress Elysia
08-08-2010, 10:53 PM
I have more stories than I would care to admit to floating around in need of finishing, but my main one is a YA fantasy with an Alice in Wonderland style concept, but with a twist. My back up is a deep sea horror based around the Cthuhlu Mythos (because I <3 Lovecraft, basically...).

Nya RAyne
08-08-2010, 10:57 PM
Just finished the first draft of my paranormal romance. Right now I'm working on relaxing for about a week before I start the editing process.

Linda Adams
08-08-2010, 11:42 PM
I am rewriting from scratch an urban fantasy thriller now called Miasma. I'm trying to unlearn a couple of very bad habits that have been getting me rejections from agents (I never get easy problems to solve).

I also have a short story into an anthology, and meta fiction I need to finish up by the end of the month.

Jessianodel
08-08-2010, 11:56 PM
:cry:wow everyone sounds like they're almost done...

I'm-slowly-working on mine. but those books sound super interesting. And miasma is a really cool title

ishtar'sgate
08-09-2010, 02:34 AM
Historical. Set in ancient Babylon.

Freelancer
08-09-2010, 04:28 AM
As my epic fantasy trilogy and my sci-fi short is currently under review, I'm converting my dark sci-fi webseries to a novel and I also started to write a hilarious detective novel.

Margarita Skies
08-09-2010, 05:34 AM
50 incomplete works? Wow! The most incomplete works I've ever had were six, and right now, excluding the one I'm working on right now, I have three incomplete works left and three new novels that I have the plot written down for but haven't started. I don't think there's anything more frustrating than having 1 incomplete work and not being able to continue it, let alone 50. :(

PoppysInARow
08-09-2010, 06:03 AM
At the moment I'm working on a YA dystopian with fantasy elements. There's also a heavy set of Christian/Jewish mythology. At the moment I'm 60K in. I expect another 30-40K, so it's going to be a long one. Which is good. Usually my books are only about 70-80K.

I find I can only work on one project at a time. I used to write 2 or 3 at a time, but I would get so distracted. My manuscripts come out a lot cleaner if I do one book at a time.

BloodMoon
08-09-2010, 06:07 AM
I'm currently editing and reworking a few chapters of my semi finished Paranormal Romance. I've also started work on a few other stories, one is a Paranormal YA, the other is another Paranormal Romance.

COchick
08-09-2010, 06:12 AM
I've been working on a detective mystery (almost done) and a thriller.

LauraAnnSwanson
08-09-2010, 06:30 AM
I'm working on a YA/MG fantasy called Tome.
It's a world where books aren't just entertaining, they're magical. Tome is a tiny world unto itself, where knowledge is passed from one Master to the next via the reading of magical Tomes. The MC is a boy at the beginning of his apprenticeship to the Master Baker (which he is not thrilled about), but things go awry and he finds himself embroiled in castle intrigue, a plot to overthrow the King, and a discovery about the nature and origin of the Tomes that will open up his world in ways no one would have imagined...that is, no one except the King.

Wow... that was wordy, but it was my first ever stab at a synopsis... lol

Jessianodel
08-09-2010, 06:40 AM
SouthernYankee- that is one of the coolest summaries I've heard. Magical books? Man, that is like my whole world! lol

Magali: you're telling me! My imagination can't settle down, and it makes everything I write look horrible! So my writing experiences are kind of rough and distracted. I keep dreaming of getting my own private writing study, where no one will bother me, but that probably won't happen anytime soon

bsolah
08-09-2010, 07:36 AM
I'm finishing off editing a little zine with socialist writers to be released next month, got some cool short stories and poetry in that.

Also finalising edits for a short story that will be published in an anthology, Chinese Whisperings - The Yang Book.

Then just some short stories and a novella under a project I'm working on, a collection of Marxist horror called Capital Comes Dripping

branchwag
08-09-2010, 07:36 AM
I'm working on two that fall into the realm of Commercial Fiction, but I can't really place them into a specific genre. One is a more serious novel than the other; dealing with emotions more than action, while my second novel is more fast-paced and driven by action alone. Both main characters, however, are female and mentally ailed in some way. I didn't notice until I went back and started looking at the stuff I wrote. >.>;

LauraAnnSwanson
08-09-2010, 08:05 AM
SouthernYankee- that is one of the coolest summaries I've heard. Magical books? Man, that is like my whole world! lol


Thanks so much! You know, it totally blew my mind when that came out of my fingers so quickly, and your comment totally made my night. I am slagging through a writing difficulty right now, so that was timely.

EclipsesMuse
08-09-2010, 09:48 AM
I work on two at one time. I;ve just finsihed my sci-fi/fantasy/historical book about Persephone, and I'm halfway through an adult book about gay angels, plus I've just started a ya novel about aliens.

My current WIP is also about Persephone. It's a Contemporary Fantasy. :tongue

GVChamp
08-09-2010, 11:55 AM
Present WIP (16k words so far): A low-key urban fiction/mystery about a group of maladjusted magical college students who try to stop the deaths of students in their rural campus after the doctor proves incompetent. Whether they succeed in not killing each other is as big a question as whether they succeed in not getting killed by other means



Backburner (94k words so far): Political thriller/mystery. A young man and his friends discover that a Senator's daughter has just been killed. A drug induced fantasy convinces the MC that there's enough evidence to pin the crime on him, so he goes out to find the real killer first. Things escalate when an shadowy man claiming to represent the Senator "rescues him," and the mission to clear his name becomes part of a greater mission to dismantle a rival political group before a second civil war sets off.

I don't know if I ever will finish that one. Even at 94,000 words, it's less than a third of what I have envisioned.







Way way way way on the backburner: Another urban fantasy. On the night zombies simultaneously strike every city on the planet, a scrawny teenager gets dragged into an all-out war between established orders of Magic Knights and a upstart group that wants to use the zombie apocalypse to impose their rule on the world by convincing world governments they are the good ideas.

My feelings on this are...complicated. The backstory and where I wanted to take it are rather large in scale. The fight between the two groups is just a sideshow that gets eclipsed when Satan is released. God is a 16 year old girl that got chopped up into little pieces when she pissed her Angels a bit too much, Heaven is ruled over by genocidal nuts that want to exterminate all mortal life, and Hell is a wonderful place where mortal souls are digested as a delicacy by a social democracy.
On the other hand, it sucks. Which is why it is WAYYYYY on the backburner :P

Wayne K
08-09-2010, 12:33 PM
Something very, very dirty. My first memoir.....actually, it started out as the first, but now it's my second. It's a long story.

Anyway, the important thing is that it's dirty filthy smutty. Yanno, best seller material :D

Shakesbear
08-09-2010, 12:43 PM
Historical. Regency spy thingy which is one of a series that starts way back in 1460. Research seems to be taking me forever - the storyline is based on three events that took place in 1810. There are times when I wish I had not found out about them!

Stellan
08-09-2010, 01:41 PM
I'm finishing the final draft of a fantasy novel (60K done, 20K still to rewrite); I've set myself a September deadline before I start querying, so it better be done soon. :tongue I'm working on a steampunk horror (10K) and an alt-history Regency (50K) as well.

JimmyB27
08-09-2010, 02:12 PM
I work on two at one time. I;ve just finsihed my sci-fi/fantasy/historical book about Persephone...
How badly read am I that my first thought was that you'll never sell Firefly fanfic...

ladyleeona
08-09-2010, 10:26 PM
...my last undergrad English paper EVER (hallelujah) and a speech for saturday's graduation. Yay!

Oh.
You mean fun writing--right.
In that case, I split my time between a YA contemp and two UF/PRs.

And they all drive me insane/to drink. So pass the tequila.

Vorteil
08-09-2010, 10:47 PM
The current WIP is an urban fantasy-adventure that's somewhere in the 50-60k range (probably halfway) right now. Spies, possessed cornfields, other madness.

On the backburner I have a YA urban fantasy that's very winter/Great Lakes centered.

I write a lot of urban fantasy because I like it in theory but dislike most of what's out there. :tongue

Jessianodel
08-09-2010, 10:54 PM
Well I saw almost no mention of werewolves or vampires. Which means, maybe the craze will soon be over.

Nothing against werewolves and vampires, but they are getting really old. I'm just tired of hearing about them!!

Southern Yankee: it sounds awesome, I'm glad I could help! I remember in my english class I was asked to make my utopia, and it was a library filled with books that I could literally escape into, so your book sounds.......like my utopia lol!

Phaeal
08-09-2010, 10:58 PM
I'm doing a personal WriMo through August to finish my fourth novel, a literary fantasy. Can't wait to put the first draft into hypersleep for six weeks, so I can tackle some of the short stories that have been bouncing around in the plot bunny hutch for months. And I'm going to try some flash fics for the first time! (Very brave for someone whose natural form is looooooong. ;) )

Jessianodel
08-09-2010, 11:10 PM
Phaeal: wow good luck!

LordMoogi
08-09-2010, 11:14 PM
I've got my urban fantasy alternate history crossover pastiche science fiction neo-pulp conspiracy spy story to work on, as far as fiction is concerned. I'm also considering writing a memoir about growing up with autism and how it has affected me working with other autistic kids at a summer camp. The latter is kind of a big deal for me, since I just got back from my job as a camp counselor and I want to write this out while the memories are still fresh.

Jessianodel
08-10-2010, 01:29 AM
Lord Moogi: congrats on your memoir. good luck with it! Also an urban fantasy alternate history crossover pastiche science fiction neo-pulp conspiracy spy book is......um long? lol

RoseColoredSkies
08-10-2010, 03:05 AM
I'm starting to revise a middle grade urban fantasy then sending it to my agent. After that, not sure. I started working on an adult historical thriller but I need to figure a lot more stuff out for it first. Then there's the YA contemporary, the MG LGBT contemporary and the YA urban fantasy ideas.

shaldna
08-10-2010, 04:02 AM
How badly read am I that my first thought was that you'll never sell Firefly fanfic...


I LOVE firefly.

Interestingly, alot of the planets were named after characters in literature and mythology -

Ariel - Shakespeares 'the tempest'
Bellerophon- a greek hero
Hera - wife of Zeus in greek mythology
Miranda - another character from teh tempest
Osiris - egyptian god
Persephone- from greek mythology
Angel - fairly obivious
Athens - again, greek
Ares - greek mythology - son of hera and zeus
Ezra - biblical
Greenleaf - from Tolkien - Legolas' surmane
Heinlein - presumed to be named after science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein (http://www.absolutewrite.com/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein)
Highgate - the cemetary - esp 'teh vampire of highgate'
Londinium - roman name fo london


and yes, I really am that nerdy,

thethinker42
08-10-2010, 05:11 AM
I'm working on a SF/F novel for the first time in two years. After 18 novels and 2 novellas, I was just a wee bit burned out on my usual genre (erotic romance), so I switched gears back to SF/F for a little while just for a change of pace.

Aquarius
08-10-2010, 05:21 AM
Let's see...

Two sets of paranormal/supernatural romance
- One is a trilogy, the other is a series of four (various stages of completion/planning)

- Original Fiction Big Bang (LiveJournal) - various stages of completion/planning

- And Harry Potter and Twilight Fanfiction, in general.

That is what I'm writing now...excluding what I'm going to be writing in the next couple of months. :)

Margarita Skies
08-11-2010, 03:58 AM
Magali: you're telling me! My imagination can't settle down, and it makes everything I write look horrible! So my writing experiences are kind of rough and distracted. I keep dreaming of getting my own private writing study, where no one will bother me, but that probably won't happen anytime soon
Now, now, let's not get discouraged and say our writing is horrible. That is very bad for your self-esteem. When I started writing novels at age nineteen, I had the exact same problem. Fortunately, I lost access to all those works. Then when I turned 21, back in 2002, I was much more able to start a work and finish it. My first work (because I didn't know about word count guidelines and such) was a seventy-five chapter, almost 600 page (single spaced) novel called Species. I left a printed copy in Florida because I couldn't bring it with me when I came back to my homeland and I have a copy of it in my computer right now, but I don't have the last 25 chapters. I guess that's another thing I'm going to have to rewrite, which now, because of the word-count guidelines and agent suggestions I know, instead of being part of the novel will become a separate novel in itself when I rewrite. After finishing Species, not only was I able to finish one novel, I was also able to turn one novel into several volumes. I would write the first 40 chapters, consider them a complete novel (10 pages each, still too long, back when I was 23 years old) and since I didn't consider the story itself finished, I would go ahead and write another 40 chapters. And then another 40 chapters...until I ended up with 160 chapters, and right now I have those divided into 7 volumes.
Since then, the only reason why I've had six incomplete works (not counting all the works I lost forever in previous years, of course) is because I've gotten severely depressed and gotten writer's block. That's over now. Last occurrence of this event lasted about six months, from about November to about...April or May? I don't remember, but since then, like an AWer nicknamed Ugawa commented in the AW Roundtable "The Finish The Damn Book Challenge" thread, "I'm finishing WIP's like it's no man's business". So in other words, I am unstoppable. I can finish a WIP and go right to the next incomplete work. No problem. All I have to do to continue the new incomplete work is read through the whole thing, no matter how long it is at the moment. It is then that I know what to write next, and from that moment on, I'm unstoppable. As we speak I am working on a few scenes that I daydream about this morning. I was planning to write them as a brainstorm, you know, a few snippets, and then expand them later on... I am still working on the thing, since 10 AM, so far, 11 pages, almost 6,000 words, and I'm still not done, though I am almost finished. I am planning to save what I originally wrote up as a separate document and thought would be a brainstorm as the next chapter in the book because I am not finished with the current chapter, chapter 7 of 16. My books are only 16 to 17 chapters long, the fantasy ones, because each chapter is 10 pages / about 6500 words long. The ones that are not scifi/fantasy, are like two pages less because they're like 80-90k words. The ones that are 80k words, I am going to leave them as they are and not add any more words for word count sake, but from now on my non-scifi books are going to be 90k words.
So don't get discouraged and keep on working. One day you are going to get a grip and the next thing you know, you'll finish one of those 50 incomplete works. And then another. And then another, and then about 2 years from now you're going to come back and tell me that you've finished them all, depending on your genre and your word count. Now I have to copy this into word pad because my modem just went off all by itself and I don't want to lose this message. It is too long and I'm hoping it helps motivate you.
Love
Magali.
PS: Hopefully I will come back and copy this message back into this thread later today, and I say later today because right now it's 1:18 AM in Puerto Rico of the 9th of August.


Message originally composed on Aug. 9. Couldn't paste it in here till today.

Jessianodel
08-11-2010, 06:08 AM
Thanks Magali! I get discouraged pretty easily on my writing. You know, wondering whether it's worth it if I will just end up with crap....and I have a habit of comparing my writing to books I've read, which is probably stupid as it makes me feel like I'm not good enough........

It's stupid, and I know I can't get caught up in all the bad feelings. I just have to keep writing. Thanks for your story, it makes me feel like I have time to write, it's not like if I don't finish I'll get yelled at. I just have to start writing because I lovet to write, instead of trying to make everything perfect.

Margarita Skies
08-11-2010, 06:29 AM
Thanks Magali! I get discouraged pretty easily on my writing. You know, wondering whether it's worth it if I will just end up with crap....and I have a habit of comparing my writing to books I've read, which is probably stupid as it makes me feel like I'm not good enough........

It's stupid, and I know I can't get caught up in all the bad feelings. I just have to keep writing. Thanks for your story, it makes me feel like I have time to write, it's not like if I don't finish I'll get yelled at. I just have to start writing because I lovet to write, instead of trying to make everything perfect.


Perfectionism is an artist's worst enemy, any artist, not just writers. I'm talking about singers, actors, playwrights, painters, graphic designers...people who practice any kind of artistic work. You know why? Because it impedes the artist from ever finishing anything. Don't be a perfectionist, and don't ever, ever compare your work to anyone else's work again. Those authors whose books you're reading, they have their own style, their own way of creating a story, and you have yours. I don't have to write the exact same way Dan Brown does, for example, because that won't make me a great writer. That will make me an imitator. Imitators never succeed. Write your way, and read for the fun of it. Don't compare your work to anyone else's. I repeat, don't compare your work to anyone else's. I repeat, again, don't compare your work to anyone else's. You are you and other authors are them. For example, you are you and Shannon Drake is Shannon Drake. No matter how hard you try you will never be able to write exactly like her. So write exactly like...Jess. That's who you are. Don't feel bad because you can't imitate the authors you read. That's a good thing. Write your way, and you'll succeed. Read about how to write a book, how to plot, but follow reference books, not fiction. Read fiction for enjoyment. Want to know how to write better? Read books about writing.


Love
Magali.

Duchessmary
08-11-2010, 06:30 AM
I'm writing hyrogriphics (sp) right now. Something so far out that it makes me laugh. But I think it just MIGHT work. NEVER give up!!! :snoopy:

Jessianodel
08-11-2010, 06:41 AM
Yea I know. To quote Duchessmary;

NEVER give up!!! :snoopy:
If every writer gave up, how many books would be published?

LilliCray
08-11-2010, 07:16 AM
If every writer gave up, how many books would be published?
Good point, there. :)

Right now, I'm working on what I still refer to as my SeptNo project, though I needed to start it before September actually started. It's urban fantasy, sort of, in that it's in modern times with slight paranormal elements. Not sure if there's a different term for it...

Basically, this guy goes around saving people--usually in rather unorthodox ways--and in doing so keeps a very disturbed man from dying, which said man wants to do very much. Aforementioned guy who saves people has a sort of psychic sense that lets him know who needs saving. There's also a random girl who kind of weaselled her way into a major lead with no apparent reason or role. Right now I'm just gonna trust she'll turn out handy sometime in the future.

I'm seriously thinking this may be a project to take to the Sandbox, though, since I reallyreallyreally want to finish it and have no idea how it's going to play out.

Ahem. That was wordy. (Not like I expected less, but... *ahem*.)

Jessianodel
08-11-2010, 07:47 AM
Well good luck! I forget what writer said it, but he said he doesn't stop writing. As soon as he finishes one thing, he starts another with the hope that eventually he'll come up with a good plot. It makes sense. Just keep going and your imagination will do the rest of the work for you!

Gotta love that imagination huh? :D

backslashbaby
08-11-2010, 09:50 AM
Oh, I'm bringing the vampires. Kind of. I'm still working on a fun WIP that is a satire using lots of things about my time living in Hungary, hanging out with Transilvanians, etc :D

There are no vamps in the traditional sense, but my MC gets turned into a Transilvanian creature. And the ghost of Countess Bathory comes along for the ride.

It's a stab at Magical Realism + Satire in a romp like Candide. I think of Rocky Horror for inspiration for my poor little MC :D


I had a few short stories sidetrack me a bit, but in a good way. I'll be at this WIP a while. Vampires may come and go and come again by the time I let it go to a big audience ;)

ParanormalWx
08-11-2010, 12:48 PM
Working on a paranormal thriller set in NJ. Hurricanes tend to spur paranormal activity on this piece of land. History has proven that. The stronger the storm, the more activity (dangerous at times) tends to happen and this one is a whopper.

Also 2 more that barely have life but I'll get to them this winter.

RedRose
08-11-2010, 01:08 PM
1 urban fantasy/para romance in the last stages of edits.

Atlantis
12-06-2010, 09:30 AM
I'm rewriting a story that I wrote in 2008 called "Deep Embrace" that is a love story between Perse, a mermaid, and Helios the God of the Rising Sun. The basic plot is this: Helios is kidnapped by Nyx and Erebus, the God and Goddess of Darkness, and is held prisoner beneath the ocean. With Helios gone the world gets plunged into never ending night. Helios cannot escape from under the ocean because he is allergic to water and cannot touch it without being burned. So he is trapped. He ends up being rescued by Perse, a mermaid, who turns out to be his soul mate. She takes him back to the surface and lets him light up the world again. Perse cannot be with him during the day, she has to stay in the ocean, she she waits each night for him to "set" over the sea. When he is close enough she grabs his hand and pulls him beneath the ocean and turns him into a merman. So it's basically a love story between the ocean (Perse) and the setting sun (Helios) I am loving writing it because I love mermaids.

Zelenka
12-06-2010, 09:39 AM
I'm working on a mystery story set in Prague, with a mildly occult twist to it, although it's doing my head in at the moment so I'm giving it the day off.

Second project is a SF mammoth monster of a thing that will probably end up being far far far too long and need to be chopped up into lots of little SF books if it's to work, but it's kind of a SF, space opera, archaeological adventure sort of thing. That hopefully won't feel too much like a rip off of Stargate Atlantis at the beginning....

lvae
12-06-2010, 10:21 AM
I'm currently querying my YA steampunk fantasy about about a young servant girl turned noble who is cursed to obey a demon.

I'm currently working on a YA contemporary that is a retelling of Cinderella that is from the POV of a happily-ever-after saboteur. :)

Bushrat
12-07-2010, 06:41 AM
I'm finishing up my memoir about what it's like to be living in the bush; hopefully start querying in February/March.
And I'm working on a mainstream fiction novel about a woman with a messed-up past trying to change her life.
Plus I write my weekly column and I really have to get off my butt and query for more magazine articles.

sanssouci
12-11-2010, 05:12 AM
I've just started revising a paranormal thriller set on a college campus in Alaska.

kaitie
12-11-2010, 06:31 AM
I'm currently doing a no-no and writing a sequel to my unagented last story. ;) The first was a superhero story (think comic book in novel form), essentially the narrator telling this story about a couple of superheroes he works with. It was funny, quirky, kind of suspenseful, and if I had to put a genre to it, I'd say action/adventure, but I'm sticking to commercial fiction for now.

The sequel is just as genreless as the first, but it's darker overall and it deals much more with the narrator himself and the things he's going through as a result of his job. Still trying to keep some funny, and there's going to be a fun little romance subplot that, to be honest, is the reason I'm writing it at all. Oh yeah, and the real plot involves a bad guy who is attacking people who support the superheroes, so there are a lot of mystery/suspense elements tossed in there, too.

Did I mention genreless? Cuz yeah. Seriously.

N. M. Hayden
12-12-2010, 04:30 PM
No writing happening, just a whole lot of editing, lol

Kathleen_
12-12-2010, 05:15 PM
A SF set in 2100 in a world where scientists have discovered that humans can't think up ideas, every 'idea' we have is real, at least in some parallel universe. Naturally I played "What if" in this world and the "what if" went along the lines of "What if an inventor figured out a way to create an idea and he did?" I am aiming for 100K for my first draft and am 54K in. Need to get cracking or I'll never meet my goal for the 100K done by the end of Jan and resting in a draw awaiting editing while I write a couple of Short stories!

timewaster
12-12-2010, 06:24 PM
I was just curious to see what everyone else was working on, because I've heard some really cool ideas on here. And it's fun to read about what other people think up too. :D

So...

What's everyone writing??

I'm just doing my edits for 'Wolf Blood' a teen historical fantasy due out in June( Bloomsbury) I am toying with an idea for a stand alone but related story, I haven't done anything about it yet.

Fiona
12-12-2010, 06:29 PM
I'm currently getting my completed novel washed and dressed, ready for the world of submission. It's called The Obsession.

I've also started my third novel, a dark, twisted ghost story called 'Raising Shadows.' I can't say more because it is just a baby at the moment... early stages!

Libbie
12-12-2010, 10:20 PM
Literary novel about a woman who goes from Mormon to atheist in the span of a year. Also there is some road tripping, an escaped condor, some gay men in closets, and a naked man with pencils in his mouth.

Fiona
12-12-2010, 10:30 PM
I'd like to meet the naked man with the pencil in his mouth ;)

On a serious note, that novel sounds like an good read, Libbie.

Lyra Jean
12-12-2010, 11:03 PM
Working on my Space Opera novel, "Manifest Destiny". It's about a new space race to colonize extra-solar planets. The main character is a Luddite compared to everyone else in society and a bit of a loner. Her identical twin sister on the other hand is totally tech savvy. She enters the lottery to become a colonist. She wins. Then convinces her sister to take her place because she already has a spot on a private colony ship. When you become a colonist you get nanos that are programmed to your DNA so Emma the MC actually receives her sister's nanos.

Lyra Jean
12-12-2010, 11:08 PM
I'm finishing up my memoir about what it's like to be living in the bush; hopefully start querying in February/March.
And I'm working on a mainstream fiction novel about a woman with a messed-up past trying to change her life.
Plus I write my weekly column and I really have to get off my butt and query for more magazine articles.

Your memoir sound really interesting. Sounds like something I would read.

branchwag
12-18-2010, 12:10 PM
Literary novel about a woman who goes from Mormon to atheist in the span of a year. Also there is some road tripping, an escaped condor, some gay men in closets, and a naked man with pencils in his mouth.

This sounds so interesting. I can't even begin to imagine what the plot must be like. xD

singsebastian
12-23-2010, 02:16 AM
I'm currently querying my YA steampunk fantasy about about a young servant girl turned noble who is cursed to obey a demon.

I'm currently working on a YA contemporary that is a retelling of Cinderella that is from the POV of a happily-ever-after saboteur. :)

on the first one - that sounds bit like Kuroshitsuji. :)

On the second - sweet.

I am currently writing about Shinigami with ideas mixed up from Death Note and Kuroshitsuji as my inspiration. It's not very far into the story though. :(

J_Jammer
12-25-2010, 10:27 AM
I'm rewriting a story that I wrote in 2008 called "Deep Embrace" that is a love story between Perse, a mermaid, and Helios the God of the Rising Sun. The basic plot is this: Helios is kidnapped by Nyx and Erebus, the God and Goddess of Darkness, and is held prisoner beneath the ocean. With Helios gone the world gets plunged into never ending night. Helios cannot escape from under the ocean because he is allergic to water and cannot touch it without being burned. So he is trapped. He ends up being rescued by Perse, a mermaid, who turns out to be his soul mate. She takes him back to the surface and lets him light up the world again. Perse cannot be with him during the day, she has to stay in the ocean, she she waits each night for him to "set" over the sea. When he is close enough she grabs his hand and pulls him beneath the ocean and turns him into a merman. So it's basically a love story between the ocean (Perse) and the setting sun (Helios) I am loving writing it because I love mermaids.

That's a really interesting concept. I like it. I know someone else (on another website) that loves the Greek and Roman Gods and would like or hate your idea. He's very persnickety over their use. I take it as tongue and cheek...ha. But I don't obsess over them. :tongue

I have mapped out a Urban Fantasy Trilogy. It's mainly set in New York in the first book and the two books after are set almost everywhere.

The titles
Jeremiah Jericho: Allowance
Jeremiah Jericho: 42 (or maybe Forty-Two) Yes there is a difference between writing it out and not. Sort of alluded to in the first book.
Jeremiah Jericho: Phoenix Ashes

Jeremiah Jericho is 16 and a chip he inherited at age 5 is activated bringing him into a world of empathy he could only dream of. The chip allows him to manipulate people's emotions, read them like a computer file and pull the lightning bolt of life essence that swirls around in the body before death like the last sip of water in a perspiring glass. Not to mention the voice named Christopher that nags him like an unnecessary help desk know-it-all. His father let the chip to him upon his death, but it wasn't his to give and those that own it want it back.

Jeremiah has a brother named Jack. Jack was born because their mom was raped. Jeremiah was there while she was raped. He cannot remember who it was. It is a big part of the reason he doesn't like to be touched by anyone.

I'm at 133,000 words for the first book. I am going through my first edit and losing a lot of words while adding some.

I have people that are reading it right now and they find it interesting. I know how many words YA has. I might just break the rules on this if I finish editing (not this time but a few times from now) and it's still over the 70,000 mark...I'm not making this two books like an agent suggested. The arch lasts one book. There is a bigger arch for the entire three....I can't split this book up. Wouldn't work story-wise at all. So either I have to cut big chunks at the beginning (I'm guessing) or not at all. I haven't decided yet.

blacbird
12-25-2010, 11:00 AM
The major thing is a tall-tale set in the American West about 1850, prior to the Civil War, involving the adventures of two itinerant con-men making their way westward, ultimately via wagon train, toward the newly-discovered gold fields of California, along with a fugitive free and highly-educated black man and a multilingual giantess.

Now, please tell me the genre in which I should pitch this story, which contains no dragons, vampires (sparkly or otherwise), zombies, spies, time-travelers or serial murderers.

LaceWing
12-25-2010, 12:13 PM
The major thing is a tall-tale set in the American West about 1850, prior to the Civil War, involving the adventures of two itinerant con-men making their way westward, ultimately via wagon train, toward the newly-discovered gold fields of California, along with a fugitive free and highly-educated black man and a multilingual giantess.

Now, please tell me the genre in which I should pitch this story, which contains no dragons, vampires (sparkly or otherwise), zombies, spies, time-travelers or serial murderers.

This sounds like something I'd read more than once. Git 'er done, man.

I'd call it "a fanciful American saga."

PrincessofPersia
12-25-2010, 04:25 PM
YA fantasy about a young boy who travels to the Underworld seek permission from Osiris to kill his father before he gains control over who lives and dies. The majority of it takes place in present day NY.

joeyc
12-25-2010, 09:13 PM
I'm working on a fantasy, western, steampunk thing right now. More fantasy than anything else, but it's got western and steampunk elements in there.

So I'll be working on this while I query more for WINTER TIDES, and if that fails then hopefully in a few months I can polish this thing up and send it on the query rounds.

Kitty27
12-25-2010, 09:46 PM
I am back to my horror books. I have missed them!

Marian Perera
12-26-2010, 04:57 AM
Something interesting happened today...

I started a new manuscript - wrote a quick paragraph outlining the plot and a little of the worldbuilding, then dived into Chapter 1. The story begins with a woman shooting herself in the head because she has terminal cancer. Unfortunately she ends up where suicides have traditionally gone - in hell, at the foot of Satan's statue, because the story is about how she becomes a guardian of the underworld. I wrote a page and a quarter and then decided to check the word count.

It was 666.

I'm not superstitious, but I thought I'd share that. Weirdest coincidence ever.

Droemar
12-26-2010, 05:58 AM
The major thing is a tall-tale set in the American West about 1850, prior to the Civil War, involving the adventures of two itinerant con-men making their way westward, ultimately via wagon train, toward the newly-discovered gold fields of California, along with a fugitive free and highly-educated black man and a multilingual giantess.

Now, please tell me the genre in which I should pitch this story, which contains no dragons, vampires (sparkly or otherwise), zombies, spies, time-travelers or serial murderers.

I would read the hell out of that story.

I'm currently working on a magicpunk that shares elements of Westerns: trains, Native American culture equivalents, the onset of industrialization, etc. I call it my "Western fantasy" because I can't think of what else to call it. The world is dying because its god was killed in a human caused cataclysm a thousand years before, and a spoiled royal scholar has just discovered there may be a way to bring the god back to life in time to save everything.

erin_michelle
12-29-2010, 03:28 AM
Just started a paranormal YA about a suicidal girl trying to ignore a very irritating--and very dead--stalker, dodge Death (who happens to be her father), maintain an "A" in French II, while her grip on reality slips away after she escaped from the afterlife.

lvae
12-29-2010, 03:55 AM
on the first one - that sounds bit like Kuroshitsuji. :)

On the second - sweet.

I am currently writing about Shinigami with ideas mixed up from Death Note and Kuroshitsuji as my inspiration. It's not very far into the story though. :(

I haven't looked in this thread for a while, and I googled Kuroshitsuji - and interesting. The vengeance plotline actually sounds similar to one of the subplots in my story. Thanks for pointing this out to me. :)

Your idea sounds fascinating. I've heard of Death Note before, never got around to reading it, but now I'm curious to read both of them.

I actually trunked the second story after execution problems. I've moved onto a YA dystopian now. I'm 21K in, but I'm not at that stage where I can spiffily describe it in one line yet...

izanobu
12-29-2010, 04:08 AM
I just deleted 22k of my novel and started almost over from scratch. But it's going the direction I wanted now :)

Basically the gist of it is "Law and Order" with sword fights. So, uh, fantasy police procedural? Is that really a genre? :)

adarkfox
12-29-2010, 09:04 AM
YA fantasy... but not too fantasy...

No vampires. Just cornfields.

BenPanced
12-29-2010, 09:47 AM
Not sure if it's YA m/m romance or even YA, in general, but so far it's screaming "coming of age" story.

Jessianodel
12-29-2010, 09:57 AM
YA fantasy... but not too fantasy...

No vampires. Just cornfields.

Gotta love those cornfields.

I just finished my first novel ever, so I'm still debating about starting. I don't want to start a new one right now, because I feel like I have so much work on the completed one. Ah, well. I'll eventually start it...in the middle of the night...all alone...(Don't worry no werewolves...yet)

Kweei
12-29-2010, 06:41 PM
I just finished a rough 1st draft what is either an urban fantasy, or more generally, a contemporary fantasy. I feel really good about it, but it needs to stew for a while.

Working on a paranormal novella and outlining another urban fantasy :)

The Grump
12-29-2010, 08:36 PM
I'm trying to decide what to write next. I have several projects not quite complete, but I new project is poking at me. Am trying to think of a way I can revise, write a WIP, blog and update a website.

What happened to the garret?

cameron_chapman
12-29-2010, 08:50 PM
I'm about 3/4 done with a new screenplay at the moment.

After that will be another screenplay that I'm roughly 25-30% done with.

After that will be a novel I need to finish writing for a contest (got promoted to round 3, which means submitting 50 pages, but I'd only written the first 5 pages to get through round 2; glad I have an outline).

angeliz2k
01-02-2011, 01:33 AM
I'm working on a historical novel right now. The protagonist is youn, so it borders on young adult, but the themes and language I believe are well beyond YA. It's set in the antebellum South, partially in Baltimore/Bal'mer and partially in coastal Georgia. The idea is for her to come to terms with her distaste for slavery, which she grew up a part of. The driving force, however, is her relationship with a young man, whom she believes had a part in driving her father to suicide.

Right now I'm in the midst of mas research y mas planning. I felt I needed a firmer base of research before proceeding.