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Archive for November, 2014

Progress Report, in which I demonstrate my sunny optimism

OK, I’ve decided.  The next novel project has been selected.  It will be (drumroll please) . . .

The Sequel!

Yes, folks, after much deliberation and consideration of sage advice, I’ve decided to write the next book in the Petra series.

I think.

I mean, I’m pretty sure that’s the way I’m going.  I poked a bit at another story idea last week, and much to my surprise, I found some signs of life.  Which is encouraging, but I still think I’m proceeding with the sequel.  Tentative title:  Petra Rising.

So for the next several months, I get to work on something completely unmarketable, unless the first book sells.  Hey, at least that takes some of the pressure off.

That’s me—ever the optimist.

Write Club update:

Tier one bounce from Our World of Horror.  Response time, 136 days.


Current Music: "Take Me in Your Arms"--The Doobie Brothers

Progress Report, in which I make a LeBron James reference

OK.  I’m getting a bit annoyed with the lack of a decision on the next novel project.  As are you, I’m sure.  So I’m this close to doing something I promised myself I’d never do again:  I might embark on a sequel.

I’ve done this once before, with Petra Released.  Though I was pleased with the result, I later realized with some chagrin that I had just spent a year working on a novel I couldn’t market unless the original sold.  That struck me as a, shall we say, suboptimal use of my time and energy.  After that, I made a deal with myself—no more sequels until a publisher or editor expressed an interest in the original.

Makes perfect sense, right?  But here’s the thing:  I don’t have anything else firing my imagination at the moment.  (In fact, this was the reason I wrote Petra Released in the first place.)  Maybe the reason that no other stories are popping into my head is that I still have these sequels to do, and they’re taking up the necessary brainspace.  Given a choice between writing something unmarketable and writing nothing at all . . . that’s kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it?

I haven’t committed to the sequel just yet.  I have one more idea I think I’d like to explore a little bit more before I make my choice.

Right, then.  Come next week at this time, The Decision will be announced.  Which, I suppose, is almost but not quite as exciting as that other Decision from a few years ago.

Write Club updates:

Just over two months to a personalized no from an agent on a novel query.

And 31 days to a tier 1 bounce from Uncanny.

‘Til next time, kids . . .

Current Music: "Trapped"--Bruce Springsteen

Progress Report, in which I answer questions you haven’t asked

Still pondering novel projects.  No, I haven’t made a decision yet.  Yes, it’s a little annoying.  Yes, I know I need to pick something soon if I want to start drafting by the first of the year.  Now stop pestering me, wouldya?

No updates for Write Club.

I’m out.

Current Music: "Mind Games"--Triumph