Groundhog Day (Writing Update)

It's that time of the month, folks! (No, not that time.) It's time for my monthly dose of narcissism!*

Before I get to the really interesting** stuff, I want to share a recent revelation. This may be old news to some of you, but HOLY SHIT, did you know that Michael Shannon was in Groundhog Day? I now have to spend the rest of my afternoon picking flecks of brain matter out of my berber, because this blew my mind.

Anyway...on to the news.

Writing updates for January:

  • I blocked out my writing schedule for the rest of the year. Exciting? Absolutely. Daunting? Hell, yes.
  • I compiled all my notes for the beta reader draft of A RAVENING FIRE. Eighty pages, folks. EIGHTY. PAGES. I must be insane.
  • I began writing the beta reader draft of A RAVENING FIRE.

Writing goals for February:

  • Begin writing/revising the beta reader draft of A RAVENING FIRE. I've set a pretty aggressive schedule for this draft. I can already tell it's going to take a lot of sweat and blood. I don't mind. I know the story will be stronger for it. But the work is heavily front-loaded. The beginning needs a ton of story-level edits, while the rest needs more line-level work.
  • If there's time, I'll do a quick revision of A SMUDGED AND CROOKED LINE (once I receive all of the feedback) so I can start submitting it.
  • If there's a LOT of time, I may also do another revision of THE MARK OF YATAGARASU. I went to submit it again this weekend and discovered that it's not in nearly as good shape as I remember. Hopefully, this is a sign that I'm starting to recognize the weaknesses in my own writing.

Books read/listened to in January:

  • BELOVED by Toni Morrison. Not an easy read by any stretch (at least in terms of subject matter), but I still enjoyed this book immensely. It was a refreshing break from the typical 1st/3rd person limited POV I usually read, and Morrison has a way with words that I can only envy.
  • ANCILLARY SWORD by Ann Leckie. This book continues to demonstrate just how deft Leckie is at juggling multiple POVs (within a single POV, no less).
  • THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? The last time I read it was at least ten years ago. I forgot what a refreshing inevitability there is to Fitzgerald's prose.
  • REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch (audiobook). Scott continues to demonstrate his prowess for intricately tangled plots. I don't know how he keeps it all straight. Definitely a fun listen.

Reading/listening goals for February:

  • Finish YOU ARE NOT SO SMART by David McRaney.
  • Finish RANGE OF GHOSTS by Elizabeth Bear.
  • Start SHATTERED PILLARS by Elizabeth Bear.
  • Finish the audiobook of INFORMATION DOESN'T WANT TO BE FREE by Cory Doctorow.
  • Start the audiobook of PROMISE OF BLOOD by Brian McClellan.

So many good books, so little time. Enjoy your shortest month of the year!


*Who the hell am I kidding? I'm narcissistic pretty much 24/7.
**Now I'm just being deliberately delusional.