Yeah, so to say I've been busy lately is like saying a Catholic bear sh*ts in the Pope's woods.
|Please don't ask me to show what the Pope's woods look like.|
Anyhoo, here's a quick update: I've been writing...a lot!
What can I say? My career is picking up faster than it was before. I just sort of wish I got paid for all the extra stuff every once and awhile. I'm not griping or anything, just getting one's name out in the community can be expensive sometimes! At least I have my free books. I still need more bookshelves though.
Where was I?
Oh, right, writing.
The book is progressing slowly but surely, reaching around 60,000 words currently and into the 10th chapter. The characters are about to embark eastward of England. My work sessions at Library Coffee Company with Wannabe Writer have been fruitful enough, though it's been getting loud lately with the various other community groups that have started also meeting there on Tuesdays. We may as well just reserve a table on all of November's Tuesdays for NaNoWriMo write-ins so we at least have access to the outlets. I digress, however.
I also joined up with my friends Nick and Jason of the Gin Rebellion and we'll be playing music together as soon as we finish figuring out, writing, and arranging our repertoire. It should be some styling Balkan sounding craziness. Been writing songs on that front. Songwriting has been a bit therapeutic for me lately. It's faster than writing books, that's for sure! Also I must admit I have a bit of a penchant for rhythmic wordplay and unconventional rhyme schemes that don't always translate well to novels, but quite nicely to song lyrics.
Now to the stuff I can actually show you! So as you know, faithful readers, I've been writing quite a bit lately for a publication called the Steampunk Chronicle. I think I've only posted links to my work only once or twice. So here is a brief list of links to some of the articles I put together:
Potential Steampunk TV Series 'Aether Dancer' Seeks Funding
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
With Fate Conspire by Marie Brennan
Blood in the Skies by G.D. Falksen
Convention Reports and Reviews:
Goblins and Dragons and Steampunks, Oh My! (Labyrinth of Jareth 2011)
The Adventures of Steam-Valkyrie: The Convention of Dragons (Dragon*con 2011)
Also I'm one of the Art Directors for the Mechanical Masquerade put on by the Artifice Club. I got to come up with the storyline among other things and wrote up some in character blog posts for the event:
Alright, shameless self promotion aside, I promise I will have a real post on here...someday. If you'd like to get some insight on craft though, read the book reviews. I personally believe every writer has room to improve, even the published well-knowns.
Until then, happy writing!