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Squirrels at a Rave December 27, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2017 plans, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Ta-da, to-dos.
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Have you seen that meme?

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Sounds an awful lot like my writing life, actually. Now that I’m actually not on deadline, it’s time to make sense of the projects that have been in the queue for a while. So, here’s the ever-increasing To-Do list.

To Write:

    • Bonds of Blood and Steel (Sable Locks sequel)
    • The Sea Prince
    • The Willow Sword

To Edit

    • Hidden Things (Swords of Charlemagne Book 1)
    • Sins of the Father (Rebel Mage 3)

To Outline

    • Blood Bound
    • Holy Orders (Sequel to Heart’s Master)
    • The White Raven (sequel to Princes of Air)
    • The Lady and the Sword (Swords of Charlemagne Book 2)
    • Ashes and Light (Swords of Charlemagne Book 3)
    • Tablets of Stone (Swords of Charlemagne Book 4)
    • The Navigator (Steam and Screw, Book 1)
    • The Captain (Steam and Screw, Book 2)
    • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
    • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

    • Sapphires and Gold
    • Hidden Things

 

In addition, there’s a vague yet tantalizing idea set in the Rebel Mage universe — some small part of my brain wants to know what happens some twenty years down the line. Anything else I say on this will be spoilers for Sins of the Father, so that’s where I stop. But yeah… hrm… I wonder…

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Come and find me… October 20, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2016 plans, appearances, author chat, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Chessiecon, conventions, public displays of geekery, Reading, Writer on the Go!.
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At Chessiecon!

I’ll be one of the writers guests at Chessiecon from November 25th to the 27th (yes, Thanksgiving weekend). In addition to hanging out and seeing people I haven’t seen in FAR too long, I’ll be on these panels:

Friday:

5:30PM — The Other Side of Over the Top: Writing Your Turkey Award Entry
Previous winners and judges give advice on how to make your bad writing the best kind of bad it can be. The deadline for entries is 9pm, so you still have time to write yours after the panel, or you can start planning for next year!

8:00 PM — Writing Outside the Lines
Writers live with a cast of thousands inside their heads, all vying to come out and play on the page. The dilemma comes when the writer must write a character outside their experience — be it race, gender identity or sexual orientation. How does a writer accurately portray a character with whom they can’t fully identify? Join us for a discussion of writing outside of your identity — how do you do it? What kind of research is required? Should it even be done?

9:15PM — Slash: The Card Game
Slash: Romance Without Boundaries is a game all about matching romantic partners from across the canons of pop culture, literature and history. Our panelists pick their favorite characters and pitch their love stories to a matchmaker in search of the ultimate One True Pairing.

10:30PM — Reading
Elizabeth will be reading “Layover”. Vampires exist, their ritualized society and strict laws allowing them to live peacefully alongside mortal men, feeding on the blood of those who chose to enter vampire service as bond-slaves. The ignorant believed that vampires were savages, that they would half-murder their bond-slaves with their brutality. Daniel, bond-slave to the vampire Itami Hiro, knows better. ADULT CONTENT

Saturday:

1:45PM — Turkey Awards Panel
Writers were asked to send in the best terrible paragraph they could write, as the beginning of the best terrible science fiction novel you (n)ever read. Finalist entries will be presented, and judged with humor and harshness. The panelists will decide who gets this year’s dubious prizes!

4:15PM — It’s Awesome, Well-Written, and Groundbreaking…But Do You Like It?
Sometimes the greatest thing since sliced bread isn’t your cup of tea. How do you handle it when everyone around you is singing the praises of something that just didn’t click for you? Is it OK to dislike something even if it’s changing the world? Can you appreciate it for what it tried to do even if it didn’t do it for you? Are there ways to still usefully participate in the conversation?

6:45PM — Group Book / Art / CD Signing
Authors, artists, and musicians gather in one room for signing/book-selling/chatting with fans.

10:30PM — Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About (Writing) Sex
We discuss the how-tos, the pitfalls, the throbbing purple prose to avoid.

Sunday

1:45PM — Stupendous Bollocks
Our host asks obscure questions which exist not as much to be answered as to encourage panelists to tell us what they know (or what they can make up) about the subject. Points are awarded for interesting answers, regardless of their correctness or relevance to the original topic.

Larry Smith will have some of my books in the dealers room (which ones, I’m not entirely sure — House of Sable Locks and Counsel of the Wicked, definitely. Possibly both Tales from the Arena books, in the soon-to-be-retired self-published versions. Anything else depends on forces outside my control.)

 

 

Writing business October 1, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Best laid plans, Best planned lays, From Dusk 'til Dawn, legal junk, Rights Reversion, The Rape of Persephone.
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So, one of my publishers has gone out of business, and I’ve just gotten my rights reversion for The Rape of Persephone and for From Dusk ’til Dawn.

I’ll be getting Persephone back up ASAP as a self-published story, and checking with my publishers to see if they’re interested in a reprint on Dusk.

Business fun…

Congratulations! It’s a draft! December 21, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Happy New Year, Rebel Mage, Ta-da, The School, thirty.
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Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

I’m calling it done. I’ll compile it and send it off to the beta readers and to the editor tomorrow. It’s rough, but it’s DONE.

Almost… almost….! December 20, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, progress, Rebel Mage, scores, slow-writer-is-slow., Ta-da, The School, the-end-is-near, to-dos, wordcount.
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Writing:

Total words today:  2,715 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

You might notice I’m over. And I’m not done yet. There’s about a thousand words or so of wrap up, which I’m hoping to get done first thing tomorrow morning.

Draft by TOMORROW!

Today December 18, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Homeschool, Rebel Mage, round-up, scores, slow-writer-is-slow., Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming work, wordcount, writing-mom.
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Homeschool:

Today we went to see The Nutcracker, which was awesome. Neither of us have ever been to the ballet before, so this was new and nifty. J. really enjoyed it.

Baking:

  • an indeterminate number of spritz cookies (I lost count).

This ends the holiday baking for 2015.

Writing:

I would have written more, but Nutcracker and baking. Spritz cookies are time consuming!

Total words today:  877 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

In the home stretch December 17, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Homeschool, progress, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, WIP, wordcount.
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Homeschooling:

With the exception of a field trip, our homeschooling is done until the new year. J. completed 4th grade math today, and did quite well on the (unannounced) EOC test that I gave him (for my own peace of mind. This homeschooling thing is new. I’m still not sure I’m doing it right).

Baking:

  • 2 dozen molasses cookies

Writing:

Total words today:  1,046 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

Busy! December 16, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, children, Counsel of the Wicked, Forbidden Fiction, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Homeschool, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming work, writing-mom.
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Homeschool:

Went to Yoga today, and finished up Life Science. We’ll finish Math and Handwriting tomorrow. The Odyssey will probably be done by the weekend.

Baking:

  • No baking today.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,135 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

A very good day December 15, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, Happy Holidays!, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, wordcount.
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Homeschool:

Still in wrap up mode. Math, handwriting and The Odyssey. Found a documentary on Greek myths, but it was a bit too graphic for a nine-year-old.

Baking:

  • Three dozen oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies
  • Three dozen more chocolate chip cookies, because the first six dozen are all gone now (between husband’s work and the school where J. goes for gifted.)

There will be no baking tomorrow.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,997 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

Today in Writing Life December 14, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, Happy Holidays!, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming books, wordcount.
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Homeschool:

Wrapping up for the end of 4th grade math, finishing things up so we can start holiday on Thursday. J. started The Odyssey, and is enjoying it.

Baking:

  • 2 dozen Speculoos cookies
  • 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,138 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage