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Nano. October 14, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, edits, Hidden Things, Nanowrimo, The School, upcoming work, writing.
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I’ve been asked several times now. Am I doing NaNoWriMo this year?

And the answer is…. a definite maybe.

I’m working on edits for The School, and I have two short stories that need to be in by 11/15. But I also have a novel I’m DYING to work on, and the synopsis is done, so I’ll just be pouring words out of a bucket onto the page, really.

But we also have a trip coming up for Thanksgiving…

So…. maybe.

Market Day. September 19, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, award-winning, except-for-when-it-is, promotions, publishing, round-up, Self-publishing.
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I am self-admittedly lousy at marketing. Especially when I’m in the middle of writing a novel, or working on edits, or doing the fifty-million things that need to be done around the house as a mom and domestic engineer (cough*housewife*cough). Which is my way of saying that I’d rather have root canal than do promotions.

Bad writer, no biscuit.

So…. here are the things that are currently available!

Most recently is Bi Magic, from Forbidden Fiction. I have two stories in this anthology: Fools Rush In and To Market. A print version is also available.

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Fools Rush In is also available as a standalone story, also from Forbidden Fiction

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There’s also Her Captive, which was my playing with an idea that came from Tom Smith’s song “Kidnapped by Pirates is Good!”

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Then there’s the AWARD-WINNING House of Sable Locks from Circlet Press, which is available in ebook, in print, and in a delicious audio-book.

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There are my two self-publishing experiments, the Tales from the Arena books. Opening Gambit and Playing for Keeps are available as ebooks and in print.

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And hey, if you want to go back to the beginning, there’s also Princes of Air, my first novel!

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There will be a sequel eventually — I have an idea of where the story will go. I just need to get it down on the page.

As soon as I finish these edits. And that novel over there. And the dishes….

 

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. August 5, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2014 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, to-dos, upcoming books, why-the-writing-is-slow, writing, writing-mom.
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Back in May, I had this to say about my plans for the summer workload:

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.

Boy, was I am optimist!!!

Short stories in a week and a half? Umm… no. I never did get to Wolf Skin. That plot seems to be headed more towards what will happen in The White Raven. So Lorchan (the MC) finally told me his story. I’ll get to it, eventually. It needs more research.

Berlin? That short story sequel to House of Sable Locks? Yeah…. 28K words and still not finished. Looks like I have a novella sequel on my hands. And I haven’t finished the synopsis to Hidden Things, either.

So… school starts this coming Monday. Which means that I’m going to finish Berlin over the next few days so I can launch right into Hidden Things come Monday morning, finishing the synopsis as I go.  (Because that worked so well with Heart’s Master… right.)

I have a revised plan. Let’s see how long before I have to revise it again.

 

 

 

 

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.