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The rough first draft of Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework came in at around 61,000 words, much too long for a typical middle grade novel. Yesterday, I finished the first run through. ALSmH now stands at around 46K. Still a smidge on the long side, but much closer to the mark.

I’ll start the second round of revisions in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’m busy working on my solo presentations for this weekend’s Summer Writer’s Workshop at the beautiful Georgian Court University, alongside author, Toni DePalma, and editor/publisher, Mark Brunetti.

Starting Monday, I plan to sit down and thrash out a full outline for the third Snowy novel, The Blood-Red Door.

How about you?

What book or story are you working on at the moment?

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Jul. 10th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you asked...

I've been wrapping up the homicide detective novel,
and even though I've never been a proponent of rought drafts or first drafts,
there's a fairly long passage that did not live up to my expections,
so I'll have to rewrite it.

Meanwhile, I'm going to the university library to pick up a book,
so I can pick up where I left off with the War Correspondent novel.

And earlier today,
I was giving some thought to The Whales Themselves,
an account of The Essex,
from multiple points of view, including (Well, duh, Stacy!)
the whales themselves.
The challenge there, which ought to be a lot of fun,
is creating a plausible and comprehensible whale mythology.
If I'm still excited about it this afternoon,
I may start writing it after I get back from the library.

Oh, and I hate to be a busybody,
but the parts you've taken out--
could they work as a standalone story?
Perhaps a sort of promotional loss leader?
Jul. 10th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
'...but the parts you've taken out-- could they work as a standalone story?'

Aside from the first chapter, which I replaced completely, most of it was blubber ;)

Good luck on your current projects :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
still the werewolf novel. people keep encouraging me.
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Lol, then allow me be one of them:

Finish that werewolf novel, Renata :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
*grin* thanks jon! it's long finished, this is all edits :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! (I woohooed on FB already, but wanted to do it again here...because I like woohooing...and you.)
Jul. 10th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Lol, thanks, Terri :)
Jul. 11th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
So ths was sort of a yoohoo woohoo?
Jul. 10th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
I am just waiting for the edits for Shadow Over Avalon. I have been having talks with my Publisher about the cover all week and I think it is settled. The contract is signed for this book and first options on the sequel, Sword of Shadow, which they already have and will be out some time next year.

I have just entered two flash stories in a competition run by my publishers, Kristell Ink, and I am currently working on a short to submit for an anthology for Tenebrise books, the sister imprint of Kristell Ink under the mantel of Grimbold books. After this, I have a science fiction book I am working on, two urban fantasies, a high fantasy and a dark, romantic fantasy. Oh boy.
Jul. 10th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're keeping busy, Elizabeth :)
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Jul. 10th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
600K? Good Lord! :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
currently playing around with some 2nd person POV with a couple of writer friends - just getting some little freewrites/flash out of our systems - it's fun!
Jul. 10th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
2nd person is really hard to pull off. I wish you success :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
thanks =)
any favorite examples you'd like to point me in the direction of?
Jul. 10th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I've never managed to read past the first couple of pages of a 2nd person narrative. I think I'm too old for change :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've started a new novel, am 7,000 words in, while waiting for news of the old one!
Jul. 10th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Starting new novel = :)
Jul. 10th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised at what some middle graders would read. If a story is compelling enough, forget the length. ;)Look at the Harry Potter series. Each book, I think was progressively a bit longer, and more complex.
Jul. 10th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
And mine is still The Behemoth, although I strongly suspect that my struggles to catch my breath between raking a few feet here and there, struggling to perform ordinary, every-day tasks, may be interfering with my writing. It wears me out.
Mieke Zamora-Mackay
Jul. 11th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Just started up again doing 15 minute drabbles. Just trying to get the muscles warmed up again to start working on a new children's short story.
Jul. 11th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Drabbles are always fun :)
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