Summer writing wrap-up and fall writing plans

So, as I dot the i’s and cross the t’s on my syllabus for the fall semester, I realize that I’m entering a time when my writing hours will be in short supply. And since a few golden leaves are starting to tumble to the ground, and my mums are offering up their yellow blooms, I figured I’d offer a recap of the year so far.

So, this year, I have:

  • Written a 100K 2nd draft of Blake and Zoe’s story, MADE OF SHADOWS. Don’t worry. Following drafts will be shorter. I’m already finding places to cut, but I needed to get it all down and sort it out later. This fall I plan to start revisions—putting me at draft 3 sometime in 2012.
  • Joined the Twitterverse and attempted to master the art of the perfect tweet. I’m still learning, but hey, I can now use “RT” as a verb.
  • Started blogging on WordPress in addition to my LJ blog.
  • And… last week, I finally got out the last few scenes in PIERCE MY HEART, a novelette-length story about a golden arrow and a murder in the realm of the fae. Hoping to get a finished draft of that one out by next spring. (At present, it’s weighing in at about 12K words.)

And my goals for fall:

  • Blogging twice a week. I might have to cut that back to once, but I’m going to try.
  • Revising one chapter per week of MADE OF SHADOWS. We’ll see how that plays out. Some scenes will undoubtedly call for more time and more extensive revisions than others. I’ll be sending it to crit group a couple chapters at a time.
  • Revisions on PIERCE MY HEART are also under way.

With all of the revisions, I don’t expect to have much time for new writing, though there are plenty of new stories jostling around, just waiting to be told. It’s sort of like the crowd waiting outside Best Buy at 3 a.m. on Black Friday. Every character just wants to get into the store to get their hands on a cheap DVD player. But my storytelling time, like Best Buy’s supply of discounted Black-Friday electronics deals, is limited.

Now I want to know what everyone else is working on this fall. New stories? Old ones? Revisions? Publications? Are you querying agents or writing synopses or outlines? Or, what are you reading? What are everyone’s fall goals? Do tell.

And now, for the first time ever…

THIS WEEK’S DASH OF AWESOME-SAUCE: Cool posts from around the web

Ilona Andrews: On Blurbs, Difficulty in Obtaining

A hilarious compilation of emails that reveals how NOT to go about requesting author blurbs for your next book.

India Drummond: Ordinary Angels Revealed

Follow India as she reveals her experiences in the world of small e-pubs, her foray into indie writing, and the cover for Ordinary Angels.

Kait Nolan: Why I’ll Never Unplug

Kait, on the role social media plays in fueling her writing career. And, in case you missed it, her YA novel Red is now available!

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