beth_bernobich: red mushroom (blue woman)
I'm in my office writing ALLEGIANCE, which is all about how the end of one story carries the seeds for the next. Just so the old year dies, and dying, makes possible the new.

So. Last year.

Last year was not a bad year. It had its share of stress and tedium and frustration. (The mountains of snowfall last winter. The three months of hellish commute. Selling house. Moving house. One hurricane, and one freakish snow storm, both with many days of power outage.) It also had some lovely shiny moments. (M's high school graduation. M in college. Passion Play winning the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy.)

Things accomplished? Not nearly as much as I wanted.

Fox & Phoenix went through copyedits, galley proofs, and is now a Real Book.

A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories re-released in e-book form by me. I'm pleased with the cover design, and I learned a lot about making e-books.

Pig, Crane, Fox, the short story that comes before Fox & Phoenix, also re-released in e-form.

But what about new short stories? you ask. What about writing novels?

That's the problem. I wrote no new short stories in 2011. I did make progress on ALLEGIANCE, but not nearly as much as I wanted. (See above about hellish commute and moving house.) I also wrote notes for two new novels: a sequel to FOX & PHOENIX and a stand-alone fantasy that I'm calling Mansfield Park with polyandry and magic. And just a few days ago, I wrote notes for a short story in the world of the Seventy Kingdoms.

And there you have the seeds for my next year. I'll finish ALLEGIANCE and send that to my editor. While she's going to work with her red pen, I'll write the short story and send that to its intended market. And once ALLEGIANCE is well and truly delivered, I have seeds for more novels. I might plant them in 2012 or not, but at least I know I have them.

meep!

Jan. 19th, 2011 02:04 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (fox & phoenix)
Blurb from Tamora Pierce for my YA novel:

"One cool, lively, exciting book set in a unique new world—I loved it!"

FYI: Fox and Phoenix will be released next October. It's a stand-alone, based on a short story published in the anthology Magic and the Mirrorstone. Yes, I am working on a sequel. (Or at least, the outline, for now.)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
I'm glad to hear that NYC and NJ escaped the worst of the snow. Here in Connecticut?

My second floor office window has an 18-inch drift resting against the glass. Our sunroom has snow up to the windows, with drifts a foot higher. The front door drift measures over three feet. Fig has resigned herself to another nap, but Octavia *really* wanted outside. Luckily the kitchen porch was almost clear, so we laid a couple floor tiles for her to sit on. She played with the snow a couple minutes, then decides, "Okay, that was fun, but I want back inside now."

Kits asleep. Time for writing.

Sekrit Project is going well. I'm fleshing out the outline and fixing various plot points. The middle section, as usual, consists of five chapters labeled "yay! adventure! plus more stuff!" but I hope to change that by the end of the week. Then it's back to writing real prose.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (mad scribe)
...I have started a sekrit project. That way, when I get stuck on ALLEGIANCE, I'll have another project to play with.

Working on the outline right now.

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