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What are you working on at the moment?

As of this morning, I have three writing projects on the front burner:

First and foremost, of course, is the imminent publication of Barnum's Revenge, the second book featuring young Bill Euston, and Snowy, the talking cat only he can hear. I've got more ' I are a writer! ' pens and some 'Cats rule, dogs drool!' bumper stickers on order, as well as some (I hope) exciting promotions to go along with the launch.

The second project is another middle grade novel, Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework. The initial draft is in the can, as it were. I made a minor(ish) change during the last few chapters which requires a return research visit to Gettysburg sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I'm leaving the ms to fester ferment for a while before starting the revision process in earnest.

I have a rough outline for the third Snowy book, but I'm putting that on hold for a couple of months to focus on my science thriller, Waking up Jack Thunder.

I hadn't really looked at it since the end of 2010, when I successfuly applied for one of those first chapter public critique sessions at a conference. Most of the feedback was positive to very positive, but one particular chap (with way better credentials than what I have) used his five minute review time to deliver a rather sneering critique. I'm ashamed to say I let the negative exterminate the positive on that day, and put WuJT in the old trunk for a while.

I came across the first draft last week. I've been reading it. I'd forgotten how much I love this book.

How about you?

What are you working on at the moment?

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Feb. 27th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Since you asked,
I've worked out the details for a 2500-word passage
in the homicide-detective novel,
in which she requests the extradition of Joseph Ratzinger
on a charge of felony murder.

Edited at 2013-02-27 04:50 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? :)
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
So long as it's not in the rubbish can...

At first glance, I thought you were leaving the Mrs to ferment...

And finally, do you write your rough drafts on sandpaper?
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Let's see, I hope not; never, and sometimes :P
Feb. 27th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
My second paranormal mystery novel, BY YOUR SIDE, will be released on March 12. I am recording the audio version of this now. Just finished chapter one...only 17 more to go!

My short story, "Root for the Undergods" was accepted for volume 2 of the ReDeus anthology series called Beyond Borders. The book is set to debut at Balticon in May. The first volume was Divine Tales and debuted in August 2012 with my Celtic story "There Be In Dreams No War". ReDeus explores the return of all the world's ancient gods starting at the 2012 summer Olympics. Volume 3, Native Lands, will debut in August 2013.

I'm also halfway finished the final read-through of an anthology that I edited for Firebringer Press called SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF ETERNITY. It's a collection of SF, Fantasy and Paranormal tales from newly published and unpublished authors including three of my own tales.

And I've started outlining a third paranormal mystery novel, but that's on hold until the anthology is submitted and the audio book is done. I only have so much bandwidth! :)

Edited at 2013-02-27 04:56 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Busy, busy, busy :)
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Currently working on three projects, two SF and an urban fantasy: And the Stars Shall Lead Me Home, Otherworld, and Trolls in the Hood.
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
So many voices in the head, so little time :)
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Feb. 27th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: hooray!!
Lol, would you like to beta read the updated version when it's done, Sue?
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Working on a short story to submit for an anthology. Deadline is in about two weeks. So trying to finish up the first draft so there's time for some readers to give feedback.
Feb. 27th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
You can do it, Ed :)
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe if I set it out it will seem less daunting.
--edits and general putting-together on a steampunk shared world anthology that I am editing
--revising a short story for class next week see I can submit it to an anthology it's late for (I'm taking Jonathan Maberry's short story class)
--light copyedit on two short stories for Daily Science Fiction
--proofread a previously pubbed novel so it can be published as an ebook

No, it doesn't seem any less daunting. I'm going back to work.
Feb. 27th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Lol, good luck with all of those, Elektra :)
Feb. 27th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad you're taking Jack Thunder out again. SO GLAD!!!!
Feb. 27th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Me too :)
Pat Heaney
Feb. 27th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
What I am working on and some Good News
I am working on a YA story that explores what happens if the power DOESN'T come back after a storm. For Tess and Zee, life goes on, but it's not the life they imagined.
The good news is, I got my first request from a real publisher for a full manuscript of my YA novel, MEAN SEA LEVEL today. Jon, I remember how you told us to celebrate all the little victories. It feels great!
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: What I am working on and some Good News
'I got my first request from a real publisher for a full manuscript of my YA novel, MEAN SEA LEVEL today.'

Excellent news! Definitely a 'Savor the moment' moment :)
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Feb. 28th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
500K? Sounds like you have a five-book project ready to pitch :)
Feb. 28th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting how many people seem to work on two or three things at once! I am still plugging away at finding an agent and/or publisher for Honor, my YA SF. I actually just wrote a revision for that one - it seems like it'll never be done! In addition, I'm starting to look for agents for A Drive of Dragons, and I'm plugging away at the first draft of another middle-grade fantasy, tentatively called Una and the Beggar Boy. Finally, my sister and I began playing around with ideas for a sequel to the dragons. It's likely to be called something like The Avaricious Uncles. :)
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think the submission/publishing process takes so long, you can't help but end up with several projects on the go :)
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
I am writing a polyamorous fantasy romance. I am pretty sure this subgenre does not actually exist. :)
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Lol, I read that as 'Pollyannarous' at first :)
Feb. 28th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Working on... a werewolf story set in London, 1973, sex'n'drugs'n'rock'n'roll'n'gory death. Waiting to go back to that first draft near future/alternative reality identity theft thriller. Wanting to move on to a sequel to 'Monkey See'. Thinking about a short requested by one of my publishers. Then there's the obtuse take on the Ancient Mariner. Please sir, can I have a couple of extra days in the week, preferably not involving ye day jobbe?
Feb. 28th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Lol, extra days are always welcome :)
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