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Who’s on First? May 14, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, summer, Ta-da, to-dos.
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That’s a question I’ve been asking a lot this past week. Since I finished The School, I discovered that I’d let a lot of things slide while I was working. (Like… forgetting a fundraiser for my son’s school. The event is this Friday. Guess when I sent out the “Support the school!” emails to the friends and family? That would be Monday. Oops.)

So I’m trying to get my ducks in a row, and that includes getting the writerly ducks organized, too. Because I’m about to go off-line for the summer, and I need to see what I have to get done in the next week and a half, and what will be done over the summer, and what will be first up come August.

So… here’s that list again:


To Write:

    • The Willow Sword
    • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
    • Wolf Skin
    • Berlin (A Sable Locks short story)

To Edit

    • The School

To Outline

    • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
    • The White Raven
    • The Navigator (Steam and Screw, Book 1)
    • The Captain (Steam and Screw, Book 2)
    • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
    • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
    • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
    • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
    • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
    • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
    • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

    • Heart’s Master
    • Holy Palmer’s Kiss
    • Sapphires and Gold
    • The Ice Raven

Looking at the list, it looks like there will be work on short stories over the next week and a half, then synopsizing of Hidden Things over the summer (which is almost done — I was working on that when I got the “when can you have this to us?” email for The School).

I’ll need to see what’s broken in the synopsis of Holy Orders, but that can wait until I sell Heart’s Master.  And I need to go through The Sea Prince and see what’s holding me back on working on it. That, I think, will be my summer project after I finish the synopsis for Hidden Things. Then I can either launch right into working on finishing that in August, or shove it back to the back burner and work on The Willow Sword or Hidden Things. Probably Hidden Things, and leave the YA for my beginning of 2015 project.

Wow. Looks like I have a plan.

Done. May 9, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in summer, Ta-da, The School, thirty, upcoming work, WIP, writing-mom.
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I finished this spring’s novel. The School clocks in at just a hair under 66K words, and features someone new for me — an asexual main character.

Needless to say, I will be having people reading this to make sure I did it right.

In the meantime, I have two and a half weeks of school left. What am I going to do with myself???

(I know. I know. Editing!!!)