Way back when I wrote a post asking what I should do about writing my second novel. Would I continue the story of Alexia and company and craft the second volume of the FATES saga, or would I start a whole new story, in case FATES never saw the light of published day? This was coming off of a trip to Writers Digest Conference East, where I came to realize that FATES was not quite ready for prime time yet.
From the response to that post I got, the general consensus was to go with the new story. Far be it from me to question the wisdom of you, dear readers, so that’s exactly what I did. It was hard to step away from the story I had spent the previous three years writing, but I knew it needed to be done. And I really didn’t completely walk away from FATES, I spent a couple of months editing it again in the fall, trying to get it into a more publishable condition. In fact, I’m just about to go back to the grim task of editing FATES one last time before querying again. Please allow Jon Snow and Ygritte to express my joy as I prepare to descend into the Edit Cave once again:
Yeah, not really looking forward to it, but one must do what one must do.
In case you didn’t know my good friend Shauna Granger and I are currently embroiled in a two person TV Watching Hunger Games – an epic battle of genre show supremacy to see if I can finish the entirely of Suprnatural before she finishes Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whoever wins gets to pick whether our Magetech troupe plays the Buffy or Supernatural RPG later on this year.
High stakes here folks!
I just finished the first season of Supernatural yesterday and I feeling very proud of myself. So decided to tweet about it, like I do all of my great great accomplishments. I was feeling a lot like this:
But then Shauna unloaded this haymaker on me in response:
And all at once I was like this:
Okay, so she’s Katniss and I’m one of the nameless kids that gets killed in the Cornucopia on the first day. Whatevs. I’m cool with that. I’m a leisurely guy and I like to do stuff at a leisurely pace. Yeah, leisurely, that’s the ticket!
Soooooo, about that Supernatural Season One….
Spoiler warning too, I guess…
The writer’s life can be a lonely one.
One full of solidarity that’s often just yourself and your words.
Not that it’s a completely terrible thing, quiet alone time can often be a writer’s greatest ally. But what I do find is that I don’t get to talk “the craft” very often in my day to day life. My day job is nothing related to writing, so there’s not really any opportunity to talk about my stories, my processes, the difficulties or or the triumphs I’m experiencing on a regular basis. Most of my talking about writing is done with my writer pals on Twitter – whom I love dearly, and don’t know where I would be in this crazy writerly world without.
It’s interesting though, every now and again I’ll unexpectedly meet someone in everyday life who is part of the greater community of authors. It’s always a pleasant surprise and awesome because there’s a certain sparkle you can see in someone’s eyes when you say to them – “Oh really? I’m a writer too!” There is a kinship there, even with a relative stranger, once you realize the two of you have both been through many of the same experiences trying to make it in the industry. You know you’ve both spent those long hours staring at the that blinking cursor, wondering if all the time you’ve spent writing this book, all the words you’ve poured out onto these pages, was really worth it, all the while still knowing deep down inside that of course it was. You know it was because you know there are others like you out there feeling the same way and now you’ve just met one of them!
Well that’s happened to me twice in the last couple of weeks, and both have been wonderful and affirming experiences.
Yesterday another rumor was leaked by Batman On Film that the folks at WB/DC would be completely overhauling Wonder Woman’s origin for the Man of Steel sequel. Essentially, the rumor states that Diana will get a whole new origin where she’s no longer an Amazon, but a part of a breakoff group of Kryptonians who landed on Earth ages ago and whose powers waned over time. Seriously.
Now rumors have been flying fast and furious about this film for months and a good deal of them have been pretty farfetched, so this one should be taken with only the smallest granduil of salt. As awesome as Denzel Washington playing John Stewart sounds, I just can’t see it happening. Then again, Ben Affleck playing Frank Miller’s Dark Knight was something I would have never fathomed in a thousand lifetimes and that happening – so yeah.
Even if this rumor does end up being totally false, it’s still an interesting topic of discussion why WB/DC might stick to Orphaned Spaceman and Orphaned Billionaire origins for the other two members of their Trinity, but ditch a more fantastical and mythology based origin for Wonder Woman.
In all honestly, it’s kind of clever idea and would make sense with the established MoS universe, but it’s also a completely unnecessary one. Essentially what WB/DC would be doing is changing Wonder Woman from the fierce battle-tested Amazon warrior-princess into Worse Faora. And that’s pretty much what she would be – a depowered version of Faora, who while certainly a capable fighter in MoS, was still only able to go toe to toe with Supes when she had Giant CGI Man as backup. Is it really prudent for one of The Trinity to essentially be a watered down version of Zod’s chief henchwoman?
*Browses through Internet history*
Hey… what’s this thing in here with my name on it?
Oh yeeeeeeah… it’s that blog I haven’t updated since July!
Well, it’s a new year, why not a new blog post?
In all seriousness, I really do need to blog more. Originally, the whole point of this blog was to discuss my journey down that long hard road into the publishing world, but it turned out my first novel was not quite ready to begin that journey yet! Besides that little tidbit, the lack of blogging mostly comes from the fact that it’s often a toss up between writing a blog post or writing / editing one of my novels.
And guess what folks? The novel almost always wins.
“The task of writing a novel can be a long and arduous one,” said every writer ever.
The process of taking the tempest of ideas inside of one’s head – all the wonderful storylines, lovely characters, thrilling plot twists – and transforming them into actual words can be grueling. It will no doubt be a great day for writers everywhere when someone invents a helmet that just allows bang your head against your keyboard until all of your awesome ideas just come tumbling out. Until that day though, the actual process of writing, however rewarding the finished product may be, will be a slow and difficult one.
That all sounded dreadfully pessimistic didn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love the process of writing and creative development, but it is tough. There is something about it though, especially when starting a new project, which brings unequivocal joy to my wordsmithing heart.
Hello dearest readers! This marks my first attempt at Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday, an awesome weekly blog showcase for SFF writer’s works! Today’s snippet will be from my current work in progress, MILADY’S LINGERING SOUL. Our hero (and I use that term loosely) is Ferris Faust, a thief and all around rapscallion, who is cursed with an ability that draws out spirits from the treasures he’s pilfered.
From the first chapter – Ferris is becoming acquainted with one such spirit, the daughter of a prominent Senator who is not pleased with her current circumstances:
“I am not a lingerer!” she protested and floated down so that her feet were touching the ground as if she was standing in front of him. “See?”
“Still lingering.” Ferris waved his hand to brush her aside, but it merely passed through her, leaving a trail of mist at the tips of his fingers. “You are a lingerer, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Yeah, well…” she paused and tapped a spectral finger against her spectral chin. “Well you’re just a rummager! Yeah! Look at you just rummaging through all that junk!” She hovered backward with her arms folded and a broad, proud grin on her face.
“Breathtaking wit, milady,” Ferris replied without looking up at her. “Really top shelf stuff. I fear am wounded so deep, I may become a lingerer myself.”
So that’s today’s snippet! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the other Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday contributors this week!