WIP Wednesday

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It’s been a while since I did a Work in Progress Wednesday. I always loved to see what everyone was working on. Quite frankly, I still do, which is exhibited by the fact that I regularly hit up my writer friends with the old “Whatcha dooooooin’?” They’re always busy, which is awesome.

I sold a short story called “Ivan and the Hurting Doll” to the Heroes of Red Hook anthology, which is put out by Golden Goblin Press. My story was written specifically for the antho and I’m glad they decided it’s a good fit. It’s a traditional Russian fairytale that takes place in the boroughs of New York, and I dearly love my sweet, stalwart Ivan.

My main focus right now is on The Demon Prince, the second book in the Bone Angel Trilogy. The first third is written and polished, which is strange because that isn’t how I work. I write the whole thing before going back to edit, but the first section has already been to the editor. This whole experience has been atypical for me. Not only writing a series, but the way I’m going about it, etc. I suppose it only goes to prove that each book is its own beast and we cannot expect to tame them all equally.

I’m on tap to provide six short stories to different anthologies. Right now they’re all diaphanous ideas, but they’re constantly in the back of my mind.

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Meanwhile, the kiddos are out of school and it’s 111 degrees here at home. We fought the heat in order to bake our very first rhubarb pie yesterday, which somehow turned into a voodoo rhubarb pie. It turned our home into an inferno, but it was so worth it.

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So I want to know. Whatcha doooooin’?

WIP Wednesday

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Working hard! This week I turned in two short stories. They both need polished, but we’ll see what the respective editors have to say. It was good to see forward movement on them.

My focus this week is staring down the very Mouth of Hell in one novella, with a poor sweet boy that keeps getting more and more thrown at him. It sucks to be born nearly divine.

I’m waiting to hear on the status of one story, which may or may not fit the editor’s bill. It’s a beautiful, sad thing, and I’m quite proud of it.

Also, Crystal Lake and I have set a tentative time to publish the sequel to Nameless next year. I’m very excited to do so! More on that as it’s confirmed.

Meanwhile, I was talking to an old friend about my very first novel that I ever wrote. I also wrote a sequel to it, both which have never seen the light of day. I’m thinking of revising them, especially because they feature my favorite character ever, Ray the Vampire. He has his own short story, here. That story was one of my very first sales! ❤

That’s what I’m up to! What are you working on?

Whitney Awards Recap

So I was a triple-nominee at the Whitney Awards, but I lost to a man I’ve never heard of named Brandon Sanderson. 😛

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Who is this guy?

And I’m kidding. I love Brandon’s books, and I’m not at all upset about the loss. It was  a pleasure to be nominated, and Brandon was such a genuinely kind man to everybody. He had fans lined up like crazy and took the chance to speak to each one. That’s phenomenal.

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I had a chance to go to the BEST conference I have ever attended, called LDStorymakers. It was run beautifully and the classes were astronomical. You go to horror cons mostly to network. You come to Storymakers to learn. Two different types of conferences with two different goals. Both are wonderful, but my soul needed some classes.

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I wore a red dress! This is my friend Mike Bacera and his fabulous hair.

Although mostly I needed time to sit in my room and breathe. That happened, too.

Writing heals me. I’ve been struggling with it of late, but I’m breaking through. It gives me happiness. 🙂

But the winners and their books are:

Middle Grade – Marion Jensen for ALMOST SUPER.

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General Youth Fiction – Chris Crowe for DEATH COMING UP THE HILL.

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Speculative Youth Fiction – Kiersten White for ILLUSIONS OF FATE.

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Historical – Carla Kelly for SOFTLY FALLING.

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General Fiction – Amy Harmon for THE LAW OF MOSES.

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Speculative – Brandon Sanderson for WORDS OF RADIANCE.

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Romance – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.

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Mystery/Suspense – Josi S. Kilpack for WEDDING CAKE.

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Best Novel by a New Author – Jennifer Lunt Moore for BECOMING LADY LOCKWOOD.

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Best Youth Novel of the Year – Julie Berry for THE SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLOW PLACE.

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Best Novel of the Year – Sarah M. Eden for LONGING FOR HOME: HOPE SPRINGS.

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Outstanding Achievement Award: Andrew Hall

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Margaret Blair Young

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WIP Wednesday: Long Overdue

WIP_WednesdayI haven’t done a WIP Wednesday for a while! It’s about time. I love hearing about other creatives and the projects they’re working on. I’ll share mine, and then will you share whatever art/music/writing/creative project you’re in the midst of?

Right now I’m in the midst of a short story titled “Ravenous Stars, Carnivorous Moon.” It’s a haunting thing about a woman who tries to feed herself to the stars. I’ve been going through a tough literary patch lately, actually having panic attacks when I open documents to write, but this one has been nothing but joy. It’s cut from starlight.

I’m also in the midst of a novella that’s a companion for a table top gaming series. And another novella that’s part of a very intriguing world. I’m not sure that I can announce that I’m attached to the project yet, but I can’t wait until I can! It’s a dark and magical thing, and I’m excited for it.

I had planned to have the second book of THE BONE ANGEL trilogy out by now, but I realized that Apocalyptic Montessa, Nameless, and Pretty Little Dead Girls all came out within a year, and I was exhausted. I took a little time off from the series, but I’m thinking the sequel will be out later this year. It’s titled Heartless: Carnival of Isolation, and my intention is to break Luna in this book. Do you think I can? We’ll see.

That’s what I’ve been up to. Will you share with me what you’ve been working on? I’d love to hear. 🙂