Friday, January 27, 2012

Writing (not blogging)

I just wanted to check in again. I've been writing steadily; Wanton is not quite 1/3 of the way done, which means that it is moving along right on schedule.

I'm almost done revising Flood, which will be released in the next week or two. I'll also release Lips at the same time. I'm very excited about both of these; I think Flood is a great step forward from Fold Thunder, and I think you'll enjoy the new characters (as well as the old).

While I've been able to carve out time for writing, other obligations in my life have kept me extremely busy, and so my time for blogging and reading has decreased substantially. I'm currently reading Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and I really like it, but I've got a ways to go to finish it.

That's all for today, but I'll keep you posted about Lips and Flood and an exact release date.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Another quick update

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still chugging along with everything. I'm perhaps 1/5 of the way done with the rough draft of Wanton; that's good progress, but there is a lot left to do. I'm still finishing the initial setup of everything, but things are getting to the point where they'll start rolling along nicely. Kind of like an avalanche. One of the viewpoints is set in Cenarbasi, beginning in the capital of Osmir, and I've had *so much fun* writing about Cenarbasi. It's totally different from Nakhacevir, with its own quirks and problems, and I love Sefiye (the Cenarbasin character). The other storylines are coming along well too, but Sefiye has been particularly fun to write.

I'm also working on the revisions of Flood. My projection of early February still holds, and I'm hoping to have Lips up around the same time.

Also, I recently read Zone One by Colson Whitehead. I really, really liked this book. It's got a really strong voice, great writing, and a heart-rending story. I'm still troubled by the ending, but I think it fits perfectly with what the story promised. Definitely recommended for people looking for a distinctive approach to narrative within what might seem a fairly unimaginative (standard) version of a sci-fi commonplace--the zombie apocalypse.

A final comment: undoubtedly you've noticed the number of posts has dropped back to the normal number per month, compared to December's quantity. In part, this is because things have picked back up in my daily life, with work, etc. In part, it's because I'm spending more time writing and less time reading. In other words, I'm not dead, even though the blog is quiet(er).

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Update + Drive to Write

I read a post on Magical Words today that I thought others might find worth reading: it's by Kalayna Price, and you can find it here. I'm a firm believer that writing is work, and while it might not be physically demanding in the way a lot of things are, it is still work--even if it is enjoyable in its own way. Maybe for some people, there is no stress or strain to writing, but if they exist, I haven't met them.

As far as writing goes, I've started revising Flood; so far, changes have been relatively minor. I need to run through it once or twice before I have a feel for how it all fits together, but I'm working on that now. I've been writing steadily on Wanton. My feeling is that it will be about as long as The Dew of Flesh, which is rather long. If my expectations are correct, then I'm about 1/9 of the way done with Wanton (wow, that doesn't seem like very much now that I say it). It's hard to predict exactly how long the book will be, but rest assured that it's coming along. I'm hoping that Flood will be up by early to mid-February, along with Lips, the short story that bridges Fold Thunder and Flood.

A final item: a belated happy New Year to all!