Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's Cookin'

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We writers tend to keep things close to our chests when it comes to what's bubbling in the writing pot. For the most part, we all know that if a wildly excited announcement of agent or book publishing news doesn't show up, it means it's just business as usual. Be that querying, struggling with a synopsis, writing a new ms, revising one, etc.

So I thought I'd give you all an update of what I've got going on. I know I'm curious about other people and how their writing lives are progressing, so I thought you guys might be, too. If not, then just ignore this post!

1) Querying. I took a bit of a break from it, but I'm gearing up to head back into it. As we all know, it's up and down, and sometimes fun and sometimes not, but that's part of it. Querying feels sort of like... life, sometimes. But even if this querying journey doesn't end up w/an offer of representation, I have learned tons and feel grateful for the requests that have came in. I am actively living my dream and that feels good.

2) I've only got one thing under my WIP tab right now. A sci-fi short story. It's been fun as I've not written  science fiction before and I'm enjoying just pulling tech descriptions out of thin air. I mean, it's science fiction so that means it doesn't have to make sense, right? *Hush. That's what I'm telling myself, okay?*

3) Come Nov, I'm going to try and pull off an epic undertaking. Which is writing a first rough draft in two months. Eep. I have close to 8K done on an MG, and I'm going to see if I can possibly finish it by the end of Dec. Doable? We shall see! Also, you know how you hear people mention secret writing projects? That they feared talking about because it would take away some of the magic? I never understood that. But... I do now! Not even my oldest CP knows anything about this one! (Did I just shock your socks off, Kimberly?) ;)

So that's what's been brewing and bubbling lately. Anyone care to share what's cooking in your writing life?

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  1. So many fun projects! I totally think you can get your MG project done in 2 month. Plenty of time! :) And I now am *so* curious about your short story! As for my list of stuff going on, well, I'm not sure you really want to know. It's insane. Editing: the final Sary book and the one I wrote this summer. Soon to be released: my sci-fi in November. Submitting: my YA time-travel. Beta'ing: two awesome books that I utterly adore. I'm going to stop there before my head explodes just thinking about it! :)

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    1. Yowee! You are swamped. But it all sounds great, so I guess being swamped w/great is much better than, you know, the bad. =) I love getting to beta read, but it also always makes me a little anxious- I never get done reading them until right up to the deadlines given. Poor time management. And I'm excited for your sci-fi in Nov!

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  2. I'm going to start querying my latest book probably in a month or two. Eeep! And good luck with your MG - I'll be rooting for you!

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    1. Thanks! And I'll have my fingers crossed for you- I bet it's going to go well!

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  3. This reminds me of Steven Spielberg. He never reveals (or has any media hype) of the next movie that he makes. Its only when its released do we come to know about it, and almost all of his movies is a block buster hit.

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    1. Huh, I didn't know that. And yes, his movies usually are!

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  4. It's fun to keep the ideas to yourself for a little while. Querying is still terrifying to me--I don't think my book is at the point where I can query it so I pretty much just don't even think about it.

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    1. That's good then- you'll know when it is! Gut instinct. ;)

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  5. Awesome to hear about what's going on with your writing--good luck!!

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  6. I love that you have such a positive look on the querying. So often, we get caught in the end goal and forget to take joy in the journey. Good luck with your projects, and I totally think you can finish your MG draft by the end of December! Go, Leandra!

    Right now, I'm still working on the first draft of my YA contemporary (almost at the 35k mark) and am participating in a renku (a form of collaborative Japanese poetry). And, of course, I'm always writing and submitting haiku. :)

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    1. 35K is great! I'd say your a little over halfway then, aren't you? And yay, b/c I love your haiku! You do super well w/it.

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    2. Aw, thanks, Leandra! I really appreciate that. And yes, considering that YA usually ranges somewhere between 50 and 75k, you could say I'm halfway there. :)

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  7. I am bouncing back and forth between two first draft WIPs -- one science fiction MG and one historical mystery YA. It's been working for me for a couple weeks now, because I really need time to mull over a first draft chapter for a couple days before writing it. This way, I can draft those chapters for one WIP while the other one is percolating in my mind. (And I'm still waiting for an editorial letter. I jump at every arrival in my In-Box.)

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    1. Ooh, an editorial letter... Just don't jump w/a drink in hand, okay? ;) And a new YA historical? Yay yay!

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  8. Wow you've had a lot going on! This is why I have such deep respect for writers :)

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    1. Ha, thanks! Life keeps us all busy, especially if you have a passion or hobby you work at on the side.

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  9. I like progress posts, too! It's fun to see what everyone is working on. I took a break from querying this summer, too, and it's been so nice that I'm having a hard time starting up again, LOL! But I will, soon.

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    1. The breaks definitely help keep you in a better frame of mind!

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  10. About 45K into my vampire novel for Permuted Press. Took a break to work on a SS for Ragnarok on spec. So maybe I'll just have a floating SS after this week? Anyway, I've got a feeling I'm going enjoy your sci-fi SS, but only if it's about encouraging young girls to pursue STEM training...

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    1. Sounds like you've got good stuff in the works! And my short is all being true to yourself, so we'll see. =)

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  11. You are juggling it all so well. I almost shut down when I first start the query process. Lucky for me, I'm in a writing phase ... revising a novel and taking my NF book to the next level. And right now gearing up for the Carolinas SCBWI conference! Looking forward to hobnobbing with other children's writers.

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    1. That looks like such a great conference! One of my CPs is going(Kristin Smith) and I'm looking forward to hearing all about it from her.

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    2. Another Carolinas SCBWI conference-goer! Cool! We will have to connect...

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  12. #2 made me laugh. So long as the science works, keep on pulling those phrases out of the air.

    I wish you luck with the querying and writing. I'm one of those people who likes to read about what's going on in other people's lives, so keep it up. :)

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    1. Good to know I'm not the only one! =) And thanks, I will, otherwise science fiction is way too smart for me, heh.

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  13. I love hearing what writers have brewing! Sci-fi only needs to make sense within its own world. As for me, a cast makes writing difficult, but I'm slowly getting other things done. Caught up on emails now!

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    1. Glad you're still moving along, I hope you'll be out of it soon!

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  14. I am a visual writer. I am working on an essay though images on my photography blog. In a way we are all the same telling stories only I use light.

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    1. Oh, yeah, we all tell stories in our own way. I'll have to check out what you do, I love photography!

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  15. You can totally get that draft done in two months! I'll cheer you along. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Good thing it's the holiday months and there'll be lots of yummy goodies to help me along too. ;)

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  16. Ooh, a secret writing project...love it! Yes, you can get it done by the end of December! Just write your little heart out!! :)

    I got a good laugh from the description of your sci-fi short story...yep, just keep pulling those tech terms out of thin air! So much better than doing research... :)

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    1. Isn't it though! I figure if I get stuck I can always ask my dad- he's some sorta tech genius. The apple fell FAR from the tree here, lol! And I plan on giving my heart a nice work out. Word wise anyway!

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  17. I would be lost trying to write sci fi, so good for you on stepping out of your comfort zone!

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  18. Have fun writing your sci-fi short story! Sci-fi can be a real challenge to write, but I love it. I think the trick as far as tech goes is to make sure it sounds believable, even if it's not actually real. Coming up with fictional inventions can be one of the best parts! Have a super week! :)

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    1. I am having a lot of fun with it! My girl is a good hacker, which is sort of funny that I'm writing her that way, b/c I couldn't hack my way out of a wet paper sack. ;)

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  19. Wait? What? A secret project I don't know about? When will I know?? I can't wait.

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    1. Well...it's a MG...and it involves ghosts. Now send me five lbs of chocolate and I'll tell you the rest- hahahaha! ;)

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  20. Love that you're trying a sci-fi short story! =) And if you ever need help with the sciency (pretend it's a word) side of things, you should check out Dan Koboldt's blog series - The Science in Sci-fi: http://dankoboldt.com/category/science-sci-fi/

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely check it out. Need all the help I can get! =)

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  21. This time of year I'm always cooking up ideas for NaNoWriMo. I havent' written a shorty in a while but the couple I did a few years ago were SciFi too, and I remember how I'd pull techy descriptions of the air and it was so much fun.

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    1. Making your own rules is a big part of the fun of writing, isn't it? Good luck w/NaNoWriMo!

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  22. I think I might try NaNoWriMo this year!! The only thing I have going now is outlining a new project* and trying to keep my mind off the fact that we're still waiting to hear back from editors. *cries!* such a slow biz.
    *really need to get my butt moving with this!! lol

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    1. NaNoWriMo should totally be a good distraction! And it's going to happen for you, I know it!

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  23. I completely get what you mean about not wanting to share your story with anyone too soon. I'm the type of person who can't tell anyone what I'm planning on writing until after I've written it - or at least started on it. Otherwise all of the creative ideas surrounding it just seem to fly out of my head.

    And if you're planning to get your MG written by the end of December, are you going to take part in NaNoWriMo? I did it last year for the first time, and I actually really liked the structure and accountability involved in it.

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    1. I did think about it. It always felt too daunting before, but if I take and break what I'm figuring on my word count being in half, then I might just be able to 'sorta' participate. =) I could kind of ease into it slow this year!

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  24. Ah, the querying trenches. Something I hope I never have to go back to. It's a roller-coaster ride. Good luck with the querying and with your short story and new WIP! :)

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    1. I can only imagine that would be something that would be a relief to have behind you. Sort of like dating, lol!

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  25. I'm also hoping I can have my WIP done in that time frame. And yes, querying is both exciting and unbearable. My plan is never to have to go back to it, and I hope when you find your agent it'll be the same for you. :)

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Marica!

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  26. What a lot of projects,I love sci-fi books,so I hope to read it one of these days :) About me I'm working on a new childre's book and preparing illustrations for the november SCBWI conference in UK :)

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    1. Nice to hear what you've got going on, Monica! And a conference in the UK- neato!

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  27. Fingers crossed on the querying! What's the short story about?

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    1. Thanks! And it's about a girl whose father was a scientist who went crazy and killed a bunch of people. There's a spaceship. And robot lizards. How's that for a description? Lol! ;)

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  28. hey leandra, it sounds like you have an exciting holiday season ahead of you. i'm about to undertake the querying process myself, so good luck with that!

    also, you inspired me to post on this same subject, so i referenced your blog on my blog and linked back to you. good luck!

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    1. And good luck to you as well! Querying is super exciting. And very cool, thanks!

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  29. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? I don't think you have to finish the whole book--but sounds like a great time for you to jump in and earn a badge for your efforts in November!

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    1. I'm thinking of it! I wouldn't attempt the whole 50K in Nov, but maybe half that? I'd like a badge. ;)

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