Firing On All Cylinders

Well, I guess I won’t have to worry about keeping busy while I give the outline for Unmasked some time to cool.  Honestly, I need to learn not to every try to predict my creative brain’s moods and plans.  Obviously there’s no point.

I’m going to start by saying that November clearly blew my memory out of the water, though everything else seems to be intact.  I realized, when I tried to find the place I stopped, that I’d actually finished the out loud edit of Where The Ether Flows before NaNo. Um… Yeah.  I blame Devan for thoroughly distracting me all November.  Honest, it’s the Necromancer’s fault. So I’ve sent that off to two test readers, because it really is time.

In an effort to immediately distract myself from having done that, I turned around and wrote a short story for Cayle. I knew I’d be writing this one, as it’s a very important event in Cayle’s history. It’s my shortest work ever, clocking in at 2750 words. We’ll see what I think of it when I come back to it for revising, but I don’t expect it to get all that much longer.  The pieces are all there, it’s just a matter of polishing it now.

Looking at the short stories I have, I’m trying to decide what I want to do with them.  They’re all really origin stories for the characters in my longer works, though not always the main characters.  I have a few others in mind, but I don’t want to release them as individual works for a number of reasons.  First, I don’t really want to do covers for short stories, partly because I’m not satisfied with anything I might be able to produce and I doubt it would be worth the cost of commissioning a professional cover.  And second (also more importantly), I think that there would be an interesting variety if I put them all together in a single collection. It could function as a taste for people of both my style and the varying worlds I’ve created.  I’m not sure if I want to go down that path, and I don’t have enough at the moment to do that in any case, but I’d be interested to hear what people think of the idea.  I’d be going for something of approximately novel length, I think, just to provide some context.

Oh, and before I go, one final burst of creativity has sprung on me, though I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to do anything with this, given everything on my plate at the moment.  One of the fabulous people I follow on Twitter, @Fizzygrrl, posted this in her feed:

My brain, as you all might have noticed before, takes any prompt its offered as an excuse to serve up a story.  So it did here as well.  It’s not related to any world that I have built up, but it’s interesting, almost a story within a story.  I’m currently outlining it, seeing where it will go. I know it won’t be a full novel, as there simply isn’t enough. I’m thinking novella most likely, 20-30k words, maybe less. I know the beginning and the ending at least, and have a general idea of the middle, how I want this to unfold.  Maybe I’ll hop into it tonight, see what I can get started.

Every time I think about trying to edit anything at the moment, my brain turns away, so I’m going to have to do something else for a while.  I think I may have overloaded a bit on editing stuff in September-October, while I was trying not to start writing STW. Besides, all I have to edit at the moment really are the short stories, which I suspect I’ve taken as far as I can, other than the two most recent, and I’m not yet ready to face the Spire one.  So it looks like I’ll probably start this novella tonight or tomorrow. Why not? It’ll keep me out of trouble (in theory).

About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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10 Responses to Firing On All Cylinders

  1. gabriellan says:

    Every time I read all the irons you have in the fire, my mind explodes a little bit more. The most I’ve been able to handle in the past is two projects at the same time, and even then they tend to bleed into each other a little bit, and I have to fix voice issues during revision.

    • Julie says:

      Keep in mind, though, I have 2 trilogies, and the shorts are so far all project-related. So it’s not as bad as it sounds. I only have two, going on three, voices going on in my work. If they were all stand-alones, it would be so much harder.

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    Putting together the “shorts” into a collection sounds like a good idea to me. I’ve seen other authors do that as additions to their series. They’re a good way to get early back story or learn more about some of the minor characters. And I’ve seen it across markets—mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy. I think you’d be in good company. :)

    • Julie says:

      I guess it’s now smotly a question of when I’ll have enough to feel good about putting it out as a single volume. At the rate I’ve been going, probably a year, maybe less. :)

  3. Arlene says:

    What a great story prompt! (from your link) I’m sure you’re going to write something awesome. Can’t wait to read it :)

    • Julie says:

      Isn’t it, though? I’m really glad I decided to pursue that one. I don’t always with story prompts, given I have no lack of inspiration. And I like the direction I’ve taken this story in. There were a number of ways to go, but the one I settled on is rather nice. I’m looking forward to getting through it and seeing how it turns out. I mean, I know the plot, but that’s not the same as having the final product done. :)

  4. 4amWriter says:

    What an interesting prompt indeed. I’m sure if anyone can do it, you can.

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