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Post novel ennui April 17, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2012 plans, circlet, Drum Mage, Heart's Master, post novel ennui, Ta-da.
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Last week, I sent the manuscript for Heart’s Master in to Circlet. That makes my third complete novel in just over a year and a half.

And now my brain is feeling it.

I have that whole laundry list of things to work on, and I cannot settle on ANY of them. I started to work on The Willow Sword, and that went exactly nowhere. So I went to work on the synopsis for Holy Orders, which will be the NEXT Drum Mage book. Got halfway and stalled out. Had a new idea pop into my head while putting together a short piece for an anthology call. But I don’t know what happens there yet, and the Muse is apparently on strike. The creative mind had dried up.

Now, I knew this could happen. I knew I was probably overdue for it. Elizabeth Bear talks about post novel ennui (which is actually a scientifically proven phenomenon!) But I’m not used to being idle — not after a year and a half!

So, I’m trying something new. I’m taking a few days to just be. I might do some research. I have reading to do for contest judging. I have a hat on the needle for a friend undergoing chemo. I’ve been wanting to hit the Morse Museum and see the Tiffany wing. And I have a lunch date for Thursday.

The one thing  I’m not going to Do? Force words — if I do, they will more than likely be crap. Time to be gentle to the writer.

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I think this is my new theme song. April 13, 2012

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It’s official! I made the cut! April 12, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in circlet, contest, Good news, happy-happy- joy- joy, heady praise, SQUEEE, yippee.
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Circlet Press released the titles of the nineteen stories that made the cut for the upcoming FANTASTIC EROTICA: The Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012.

A Vision In X-Ray And Visible Light by Nobilis Reed
A Woman of Uncommon Accomplishment by Elizabeth Reeve
At The Crossroads by Monique Poirier
Catch And Release by Sunny Moraine
Devil’s Masquerade by Michael M. Jones
Enslaved by Kierstin Cherry
Fences by David Hubbard
Ink by Bernie Mojzes
Lawman by Angela Caperton
Mirror by Clarice Clique
Navigator by Kathleen Tudor
Ota Discovers Fire by Vinnie Tesla
Rescue Wounds by Kal Cobalt
The Beauty of Broken Glass by Frances Selkirk
The Dancer’s War by N.K. Jemisin
The Many Little Deaths of Cicilia Long by Shanna Germain
The Pirate From The Sky by Sacchi Green
The Succubus by Elizabeth Schechter
Wood by David Sklar

I am so pleased and proud to be a part of this elite group!  Thank you all for voting!

(I just realized I’m sharing a TOC with a Hugo Nominee!!! How cool is THAT???)

I really do need to post more often, don’t I? April 5, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2012 plans, annoying-muse-is-annoying, inspiration-strikes-OW, Ta-da, to-dos, WIP.
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I just realize that it’s been a month since I last posted. I’ve been busy. Mostly with writing — Heart’s Master is done, and finished going through the crit group yesterday. So now I’m waiting to hear from my editor if she wants to see it first, or if it needs to go to the general Circlet slush. Then there were the three short stories — two of which I actually finished (the other got parked for me to figure out where it was going). Between O, Promise Me! and Sapphires and Gold, I write 20,000 words in a  month. I think I burned out, because March was mostly noodling. I worked a bit on The Sea Prince, and then put that aside again, since Danielle is working on Nomad’s Moon. Then I went on to doing some final research. The plan was to start April 1st on The Willow Sword, and finish it by Memorial Day (60 days, 60,000 words. I can do that!).

Never start a project on April Fool’s Day. Just sayin’. Because I got an email from my other favorite editor (I have two), who asked “Are you going to submit something to my new anthology please say yes?”

So I said yes. That will be a rather fun bit called Kidnapped by Pirates, the title of which is inspired by a Tom Smith song called “Kidnapped by Pirates” is Good. That one will go off sometime next week, but it also inspired another new novel that may turn into ANOTHER series (I will never  have time to write all of them. I REALLY want to get to the Mystere books, Muse! Do you hear me?!?)

Yeah, right. She never listens to me anyway.

So. Here’s the state of the writer:

To Revise:

  • Playing For Keeps (short story to launch Tales from the Arena)

To Write:

  • Kidnapped by Pirates
  • The Willow Sword
  • From Dusk til Dawn
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Not to be done until we sell Nomad’s Moon)

To Outline

  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Rainbow Wars (YA)
  • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
  • Steam and Screw

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Sapphires and Gold
  • Heart’s Master
  • Holy Palmer’s Kiss