Writing/Editing Update, June Edition

When I posted last month the Twin Cities were on fire. Things have calmed down on the burning front, but BLM protests are ongoing, as they should be, and people seem to be wearing their masks. Corona cases are steady here in Minnesota, not declining, which would be great, but not rising as in states that reopened more aggressively and spiked. Like a lot of people, I’m feeling worn down by it all; I’ve kept up on deadlines during a crazy busy month, but my personal projects have slowed. By the end of a long day copyediting, I feel most like just watching some movies or something, not getting back on the computer.

Steampunk Novel. Still on the back burner, yet I frequently find myself thinking about the characters and their personal flaws that I need to flesh out. Don’t make your characters perfect!

Shared-World Novella. Finalizing some notes after a close reread. Incremental forward movement, but better than nothing.

Untitled Short Story. Lots of thoughts on this bouncing around my head. This month I start putting pen to paper, figuratively speaking.

Untitled Short Story 2. Pitched an idea to the editor of another anthology, got some feedback, made tweaks, now have to write it.

Untitled Essay. Threw my hat in the ring for a forthcoming collection of essays about [redacted]. A short piece that will be fun to write.

Untitled Blog Post. Pitched an idea about [redacted] for [redacted]. I need to finish his soon. This and the previous two entries come out of lighting a fire under myself to get more writing done and get my name out there more.

A Terrible Beauty Born. I think I have to put this on hiatus. This is a story about race, with painfully relevant BLM themes, but everything is so raw right now that I don’t know how this story, because it’s written by a privileged white man and because it features some prominent Black characters, would land in the market. If I do continue working on it, it will probably stay in a drawer for the foreseeable future.

The Zanclean Conspiracy. I’ve worked on this novella off and on for twenty-five years. It was originally titled The Periphery, which I was increasingly unsatisfied with, and I’ve been banging my head against the wall trying to find a fitting title that also gives a potential reader a better feel for the tone of the thing. I think I’ve finally got it now, and having that handle will help focus some new revisions before it goes to beta readers.

Ko-Fi. Two more free-to-read book minireviews from my archives are up: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose on my site and Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt on the Generations Geek page.

Patreon. Given the worldwide upheavals emanating largely from the chaos within the United States making everything more challenging, I’m hitting pause on my Patreon pages. I just can’t keep up with the kind of continual content that would make them appealing to patrons. Will probably just shut them down for now. 

Editing/Work for Hire. I completed two long novel manuscripts from indie authors, started copyediting a long manuscript for Baen, and started proofing a novelette from an indie author. The last half of June went crazy. I already had those indie novels on my plate, weighing in at 120K and 190K, when the Baen manuscript came in at 210K! Then came the 13K novelette from an indie author I’ve worked with previously. When it rains it pours!

*Photo caption: That’s three separate rabbits, not a time lapse of one rabbit.


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