I’m also enrolled in a class for learning accounting. (Yuck, I know, but if I’m going to run a booming business, I need to document the boom.)
I’m going to school in the fall. (Full time, not a free online course kind of thing.)
There’s a podcast in the works, although I’m going to be a minor contributor.
My ten-year anniversary is coming up, and my husband has the details under lock and key. Which left me a little flat footed when I reminded him my writer’s group was on Sunday, and he looked shocked and dismayed. So, a little scheduling snafu there. Fortunately my writers group is forgiving.
I’m still trying to find work, but the reason I can’t find work is the reason I’m going back to school. Everyone in this town is better educated than I am. Want to find someone with a four-year degree? Throw a rock. If you hit someone who doesn’t have one, chances are because they’re in school to get one.
My son is learning how to swim. He spent years terrified of the water, and this year he decided he was over it, and he’s in the pool every day. I wish adult brains worked that way.
For his birthday, my son got enrolled in a Legos robotics class. Robotic Legos? Man, I would have killed for a set when I was a kid. He took to it like a duck to water, and had the best time.
It was nice having a little quiet time in the house, for my online class and my writing. I’m working on a short story. I’ve been working on my sequel but the beauty of short stories is that they’re not as time consuming.
So, there it is. The quick and dirty update. More projects than a dystopian urban sprawl, punctuated with doing fun things with my kid. See you next post!
Currently, I’m working on several projects. Projects are lovely, because they allow you to be creative in many ways at once. They are also soul-sucking, energy-draining anxiety machines, and the worst part is you know that accepting them was your idea.
Here’s my current project list –
Whatcom Writes – I am writing a short story of approx. 5000 words for a book that will celebrate local authors. All proceeds will go to Northwest Youth, a charity dedicated to helping at risk youth. The piece I’m writing is called “Nitpix,” and it’s an urban fantasy about three teenagers on their way to a huge summer concert and getting into a car accident in the middle of nowhere.
Tokyo Yakuza – This project is a Kickstarter project, and I’m a contributing author. The year is 2020, Tokyo is hosting the Olympics, and in an alternate history, the Yakuza are an authority to themselves. My piece is called “The Gaijin and the Butterfly,” and is about a half-Japanese, half white soldier whose daughter has been kidnapped by the Yakuza, and he intends to get her back.
Bento Box – A novel about identity that brings gender confusion to a whole new height. Set in Seattle in the year 2291, a young con artist is forced to use her skills at identity theft to bring in a vigilante who has targeted her boss. She never expected that she’d have to take the vigilante’s place!
I’m still working on the synopsis, but I’m still working on the story so they’re both in development. I’m editing my work, and I have an editor that I will pass the story off to, with luck in January. Writing a book is slow work since I have a full time day job, but I’m enjoying the hell out of this story and can’t wait to share it with people!
Bastions of Earth – A working title for a story still in pre-production. It’s written in the same universe as Bento, but this is the story of a colony world learning how to manage with old prejudices and new soil.
The Adventures of Locke Kiger – a serial adventure set in the same world as The Corsican. This will consist of swashbucklin’ adventures in space.
The Guide to a Happier Life – Wherein Tina tries her hand at editing a novel. Probably not before January 2015.
So, if anyone’s been wondering where I got off to or why I don’t post little microfictions anymore, it’s due to my prodigious workload. I’m not going anywhere, I just haven’t had the chance to show my blog any love lately.
Almost a year ago, I got a phone call from my co-worker, Heather. (Not to be confused with my sister, I will refer to her as Heather G. for this post.) While she was my co-worker, she handled the art and I handled the code, so rarely did our paths cross. Needless to say, I was surprised, and my mind immediately leapt to the possibility that something was wrong. Imagine my surprise when she opened the conversation with, “So, I hear you’re a writer.”
Have you ever seen a bunny freeze when it thinks its seen the shadow of a hawk overhead? That was me, frozen solid, brain scraping up responses and discarding them. “Who told you that?”
Joss Whedon does *not* write my dialogue.
“Evie. She mentioned that you’re a writer.” Heather G. supplied, oblivious to my trapped expression thanks to the magic of cell phones.
“Oh. Well, I’m not published or anything,” I was quick to supply. “I do like to write though.”
“Well, that’s fine. I was wondering if you wanted to write up some fairy tales for me.” Heather G. had unwittingly offered me a shot at something that I have a private obsession with. (Okay, it’s not private now.) I have encyclopedias encompassing everything from pixies to ogres, kelpies to selkies, and everything in between. “Let me send you some pictures of what I want.”
For those of you familiar with me, you probably know that Heather G. is the artist who designed and illustrated my cover art for “The Corsican.”
She is quite talented. And she sent me such pictures! Whimsical, passionate, thought provoking, and fun. I’m not going to post them here because I am saving them for later posts.
She handed me the ideas for new worlds and said, “Here, develop these, and I’ll illustrate your work.” I would have been an idiot to turn her down.
The stories have been in development for a year, and what a year it’s been. My manuscript was chosen by Anacrusis Press, and I did become published in the interim. I took an editing class at WWU, met some students, tried to get into a writer’s group. Helped a friend develop a gaming book. Beta read for two other friends. Learned about audiobooks.
I got stuck on our work just about the same time that The Corsican needed to be edited come hell or high water. I got that project done, but like mushrooms after a rain many more sprung up, and I will admit I avoided the project for a while. Heather G. didn’t mind, because she got a job at Disney Mobile and had more on her plate than she’d ever had before.
Just this week I have managed to get three stories started. I’m going to go back and edit the one that I got editing notes for in April. I’m inspired, I’m excited, and I’m grateful. If it hadn’t been for Heather G’s offer, I am fairly certain that I wouldn’t have had the confidence to get my book published.
Even though this project took a while to develop, I can’t tell you what it’s done for me already. Working with someone on a project is a world different than captaining a ship by me onsies, to quote Cap. Jack Sparrow. I can’t wait to share sneak peeks and get opinions.
I am especially grateful to Trinity, who sat quietly in my parent’s house over Thanksgiving vacation. She came with her dad Steve and brought her book, Grimm’s Abridged Fairy Tales. She was quiet, the way children can be when stuck listening to adults talk and having nothing to do. She was being so quiet, I wanted to involve her in some conversation too. So I brought out my laptop and showed her some of Heather G’s concept sketches. Her eyes lit up when I explained the brief idea that each story had inspired in me. Her first question to me was, “When will it be out?”
Thanks to her bright eyes and eager question, it’s going to be out a hell of a lot sooner than I’d thought.