jasonandrew: (bat)
Last night I submitted "Geeks Gone Amok" for the Scalzi/Wheaton fanfiction contest.

At ten cents a word, I felt obligated to give it a go. The contest vexed me greatly, but I think I managed to get a few laughs. [livejournal.com profile] insatia didn't get the Scalzi jokes, which is OK. Fanfiction is for fans. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/05/30/fanfic-contest/

I also finished off "Recovery" last night. This story took me two years to write. I think it taps out at 2,400 words. I was inspired by this story: http://www.impactlab.com/2007/12/01/indonesian-tree-man-has-bark-like-growths/

[livejournal.com profile] insatia poked me again and reminded me that it is time for me to start my next novel.

I wrote Abigail's Dragon / Dreams in the Dragon's House from 2006 to 2007.

I wrote Dylan and the Dream Pirates from 2008 to 2009.

It is time for a new story. The problem is that I have something like eight different and interesting (to me at least) concepts and ideas. I've spent a month going back and forth trying to figure out which one to tackle next.

Last night, I remember the writing exercise I used for the Short Story group. I'm going to take a week and write as many first paragraphs for a book that I can for each of the various ideas that I have in my brain and the one that excites me the most shall be the one. And with any luck, I'll write this one much faster.
jasonandrew: (bat)
Last night I submitted "Geeks Gone Amok" for the Scalzi/Wheaton fanfiction contest.

At ten cents a word, I felt obligated to give it a go. The contest vexed me greatly, but I think I managed to get a few laughs. [livejournal.com profile] insatia didn't get the Scalzi jokes, which is OK. Fanfiction is for fans. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/05/30/fanfic-contest/

I also finished off "Recovery" last night. This story took me two years to write. I think it taps out at 2,400 words. I was inspired by this story: http://www.impactlab.com/2007/12/01/indonesian-tree-man-has-bark-like-growths/

[livejournal.com profile] insatia poked me again and reminded me that it is time for me to start my next novel.

I wrote Abigail's Dragon / Dreams in the Dragon's House from 2006 to 2007.

I wrote Dylan and the Dream Pirates from 2008 to 2009.

It is time for a new story. The problem is that I have something like eight different and interesting (to me at least) concepts and ideas. I've spent a month going back and forth trying to figure out which one to tackle next.

Last night, I remember the writing exercise I used for the Short Story group. I'm going to take a week and write as many first paragraphs for a book that I can for each of the various ideas that I have in my brain and the one that excites me the most shall be the one. And with any luck, I'll write this one much faster.

Old Novels

Feb. 21st, 2010 12:38 am
jasonandrew: (churchbells)
I think that when you prepare to take the next step, you have to consider what you did before and what you did well and not so well.

My first novel was a horrible fantasy novel. I like characters in it. It was set to be a trilogy where everything interesting happened later. The major lesson learned is don't save anything interesting for later.

My second novel was titled the Highway West. I think this was a creative breakthrough for me. It was written before the flood of urban fantasy. I think it borrowed too much from other concepts. Still, some of the themes and idea stuck with me hardcore.

My third novel was also titled the Highway West. Yes, I really love the themes, but this time I tried to turn it into a story about an Uncle and a boy taking a road trip and learning about the magical world. Sadly, the TV show Supernatural came out and I really felt covered the same sort of ground.

My fourth novel was titled Abigail's Dragon or Dreams in the Dragon's House. This was my first novel with vibrant characters and my first breakthrough. I'm still shopping this one around.

My fifth novel was Dylan and the Dream Pirates. I think I built on the success of Abigail's Dragon. I'm awaiting feedback on it.

So then, the challenge becomes what to do next.

I've had a couple of ideas here and there. The novel market is scary. I think Abigail's Dragon and Dylan and the Dream Pirates are ready, but I fear not too many places are buying.

And yet, I still feel that urge to write novels. I haven't started a new novel in a long time and it edge is getting to me.

Old Novels

Feb. 21st, 2010 12:38 am
jasonandrew: (Default)
I think that when you prepare to take the next step, you have to consider what you did before and what you did well and not so well.

My first novel was a horrible fantasy novel. I like characters in it. It was set to be a trilogy where everything interesting happened later. The major lesson learned is don't save anything interesting for later.

My second novel was titled the Highway West. I think this was a creative breakthrough for me. It was written before the flood of urban fantasy. I think it borrowed too much from other concepts. Still, some of the themes and idea stuck with me hardcore.

My third novel was also titled the Highway West. Yes, I really love the themes, but this time I tried to turn it into a story about an Uncle and a boy taking a road trip and learning about the magical world. Sadly, the TV show Supernatural came out and I really felt covered the same sort of ground.

My fourth novel was titled Abigail's Dragon or Dreams in the Dragon's House. This was my first novel with vibrant characters and my first breakthrough. I'm still shopping this one around.

My fifth novel was Dylan and the Dream Pirates. I think I built on the success of Abigail's Dragon. I'm awaiting feedback on it.

So then, the challenge becomes what to do next.

I've had a couple of ideas here and there. The novel market is scary. I think Abigail's Dragon and Dylan and the Dream Pirates are ready, but I fear not too many places are buying.

And yet, I still feel that urge to write novels. I haven't started a new novel in a long time and it edge is getting to me.

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