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Feb. 12th, 2013 12:50 pm
tewaters: a goofy snake (snaky)
Haven't updated here in a while. XD (HAPPY [BELATED] SNAKE YEAR.)

1. Memory of AUSOS is back on a weekly schedule now until I finish up the season. Eeeeeep. Ebook/print compilation will be out probably in May/June. (Main serialization should finish in May at this rate, but I'm planning to bundle a few bonus stories with the compilation -- and am also looking into interior illustrations again.)

2. The Land of Eternal Winter is.... delayed. T_T Still, am definitely going push it out sometime in the first half of this year. It's about 80-90% done actually (most of what remains is editing/rewriting parts that don't work), but I don't dare give any solid dates -- whenever I do I always seem to miss the mark by a few months. XD

I do have the first two chapters posted up on Wattpad though: http://www.wattpad.com/story/3812083-the-land-of-eternal-winter

3. Black Tortoise, White Snake: Finally had time to sit down and do some more hardcore research for this. I am soooo excited about getting back to work on it -- hopefully this will be out before the end of the year also.

4. Other/Miscellaneous: Again, I'd really like to get the remaining two Dragonfly City stories out before the end of the year, but we'll have to see... There are also a couple of other things I want to experiment with re: this story-verse, so I'll post updates somewhere when I figure it out.

Space opera verse is on hold for the moment because I'm really trying to focus on COMPLETING things this year instead of juggling all sorts of different things. :P Still, I think there will be fewer major RL disruptions this year (FINGERS CROSSED), so hopefully that bodes well for my productivity as well.
tewaters: Memory of AUSOS sun symbol (ausos suns)
Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, US folks! And hope the rest of you had fun with NaNo or whatever else you did with your Novembers. :P

1. Memory of AUSOS: I'm so close to the end now that I'm actually really tempted to go back to a weekly schedule! (But will I just end up burning myself out at that speed? WHO KNOWS.) That said, I've already started making plans for the eventual compilation, which at my current rate will probably be released sometime next summer in both print and electronic form.

2. The Land of Eternal Winter: Look for an electronic release sometime in December/January. :3 (Unless I get delayed AGAIN like I did with Ghost Tiger last year. Yikes!) Anyway this is a pretty fun series. I hope people enjoy it when it comes out.

But basically the moment this is done, I am 80% sure I'm going to go back to weekly updates for AUSOS.

3. Black Tortoise, White Snake (Ghost Tiger sequel): Status unchanged, but not to fear -- the story has been more or less taking shape in my head all this time. And it is going to be awesome. :D

4. Other/Miscellaneous: Status still unchanged here.
tewaters: wild horses watching you watch them (horses)
Almost forgot to post some updates!

I'm slowly but steadily getting back into the writing groove. Still haven't decided whether or not I'm going to attempt NaNo this year (NaNo levels of productivity are something I strive for on a regular basis anyway... but fail miserably at :P) -- I have no interest in doing it properly, i.e. starting an entirely new project with it, but I do have a bunch of stuff that needs wrapping up.

1. Memory of AUSOS: I continue to feel both excited and intimidated as pieces finally fall into place one after another. As I mentioned on Twitter a few weeks back, there are only two "arcs" left to this book/season. It's been scary juggling all these old threads and weaving them back into the narrative... but also really fun. :3 If I continue with my current update schedule, the season will come to a close next summer or so... I would really like to speed it up though if possible!

At any rate, when I compile all of this for the ebook/print release, I am probably going to do quite a bit of editing to make the foreshadowing and earlier hints a little more consistent/obvious (without losing all semblance of subtlety, of course).

2. The Land of Eternal Winter: I'm in the middle of a Rewrite of Doom. Had to restructure a few parts... I think the book is much stronger now. But it is a very tedious process of scrapping and writing and rearranging. I'm determined to release before the end of the year, but not sure if I can make it...

3. Black Tortoise, White Snake (Ghost Tiger sequel): I feel guilty admitting this, but BTWS has been sort of on hold while I scramble to catch up with AUSOS and Eternal Winter, though plotting and research has continued in the background. I can't wait to get back to work properly on this.

4. Other/Miscellaneous: Am choosing to focus on the novel-length projects at the moment. If there is time, I will release another Dragonfly City story before the end of the year, but otherwise the remaining two stories in that universe will be published early next year. (Hopefully.)

Space Opera universe continues to eat my brain, but the amount of research I'm going to have to do to make it work is intimidating.
tewaters: white tiger (tiger)
I'm afraid to say that this month has mostly been a wash in terms of progress. Ironically, I got more done while on vacation than I did upon my return... HOWEVER, I have some super exciting news to announce too!

1. The Ghost Tiger's Lament: NOW IN PRINT. !!! Buy links that are currently live:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SFBSGK (cover image hasn't updated here yet)
http://www.createspace.com/3679903

More links will go up at the book page if/when I find them. Alternatively, I'm planning to set up a Goodreads giveaway soonish, so keep an eye out for that too.

In honor of the release, I also finished compiling a long list of the resources I used/still use when researching for this series. Check it out HERE.

2. Black Tortoise, White Snake (Ghost Tiger sequel): I've started posting excerpts at Wattpad. :3 It's locked for fans only though, so you'll need an account. I don't know how much I will end up posting, but for those who like sneak peeks...

3. Memory of AUSOS: Nothing much to say this time around, other than the fact that I've been SUPER NERVOUS about tripping myself up with what I've already established and what I haven't...

Also:



^_^ (illustration by the awesome Raymond Tan. terrible and in-progress font work by me.)

4. The Land of Eternal Winter: Have finally resumed work on this. Trying to go faster, but have been going through trash/rewrite cycles for a few problem areas.

5. Other/Miscellaneous: I've been doing a lot of research recently for the space opera universe... Am also working on Twelfth Princess's story ("Small Magics"). I'd like to get "Small Magics" out before the end of the year, but we'll have to see.

August...

Aug. 26th, 2012 02:04 am
tewaters: Chinese river and mountain scene (river)
... has been interesting. I've been traveling most of this month and won't be back home until Sept. 8th or so.

1. Memory of AUSOS: Episode 15 actually went completely off the rails from my original plans (no pun intended???). Not that I had very detailed plans to begin with, but still... that accounts for some of the rushed feel of this episode. Some of the ground I originally planned to cover in this episode will have to wait for the next one. But I think the changes are worth it. The original plans would have revealed more earlier, but in a more static, uninteresting way I think.

Work on Episode 16 is already under way -- I can't wait! Believe it or not, we are actually gradually approaching the final stretch of this season. A lot of things from much earlier on are finally beginning to come back into play (some of which you may have thought I'd forgotten about :P).

2. The Land of Eternal Winter: Work on this has pretty much stalled due to travel. T_T Kinda hard to write in a wintry setting when heat and humidity are conspiring to kill you... Hopefully progress will resume quickly when I get back, otherwise release may be delayed to a bit later this year.

3. Black Tortoise, White Snake (Ghost Tiger sequel): CURRENTLY BURIED IN SO MUCH RESEARCH. I highly doubt I'm going to be able to release before the end of the year (I would guess, tentatively, that it'll be another April release like Ghost Tiger was, but it may even take me all the way until next summer/fall if things DON'T go well), but am thinking of posting excerpts somewhere in the meantime. Just have to decide how/where! So keep an eye out for that.

Hopefully will have a fun announcement about Ghost Tiger to make when I get back too. :3

4. Other/Miscellaneous: Oh boy. After about a year and a half of noodling around with it, I finally finished the weird rambly novella that takes place in the same universe as "Thousand-Year Cat" -- "Many Gates"! I am currently offering a 100% off Smashwords coupon for anybody stalking this journal. It'll expire Sept. 8th (i.e. when I get back), so take advantage of it soon. :P

the code: GY69X

Next on my plate is the story about Twelfth Princess, again from the same universe. I've also begun cooking up something from my goofy space opera universe (nothing from which has seen the light of day yet). Not sure which story I will finish first... or if I will get distracted by something else entirely instead. D:
tewaters: white tiger (tiger)
Rawr. Wattpad readers are FRIGHTENINGLY voracious. XD Within 3-5 days of my feature, I'd had 800+ complete readthroughs of Ghost Tiger. Even more by now. I've been cycling through various stages of nervousness and joy all month... I'm probably not making any extra money from the exposure or anything, but it really makes me more happy than I can express that I've been finding an audience for what I originally thought would be a very, very niche story.

In other random news, I immediately jumped on board when Kobo's publishing platform came out of beta earlier this month. TBH I have no idea how to find my stuff on their site (and Smashwords had previously been distributing ugly Meatgrinder files to them -- not sure if they've been taken down yet) and I haven't sold a single thing yet, but I adore the platform, at least. Sleek, intuitive design, plenty of stats to potentially obsess over... I guess I'll invest some more time figuring things out later.

ANYHOW. Here is a progress report on my current projects:

1. Memory of AUSOS: Episode 14 was really bad from a serialization POV, I think. I had a pretty tough time trying to figure out how to approach this episode, but in the end I had to settle for something I'm still not at all satisfied with. Episode 15 is the beginning of a double-episode arc and should come across much better... or so I hope.

2. The Land of Eternal Winter: This little baby is chugging along nicely after my block during May/June. I think I've unknotted most of the major issues I was stuck on.

I haven't talked much about this book/series in public so far, but I will say it's faster-paced than pretty much everything I've published so far and is generally a lot of fun. I don't like making promises about release dates (I work really badly with precise deadlines T_T), but I do hope to have it out sometime this fall.

That said, I'm thinking of using this one to experiment with Amazon's Kindle Select program as a launch strategy, so it may not be until early 2013 before it will be available to non-Kindle readers. (Select asks for 90 days of exclusivity.) After the period of exclusivity is over, though, I plan to put this on Wattpad too! Haven't decided anything for certain yet though.

3. Black Tortoise, White Snake: i.e. the Ghost Tiger sequel and my other wintry project at the moment.

Well, I finally took the plunge and started drafting. And I'm really excited by the way it's turning out far! I suspect it will end up longer than Ghost Tiger -- the story is no longer solely from Ashne's POV (I won't spoil anyone reading this post on the other two POVs just yet though :P), and in general the plot focus is no longer quite so narrow. It's a rather different sort of book from the first, I think, but hopefully still just as enjoyable (or more so).

I will probably put this up on Wattpad eventually as well, but it really depends on what my sales are looking like by the time it's done in a couple of months, and how much the publishing industry has changed (again) by then.

(It's the third book in this series [out of a total of five] that almost definitely won't end up on Wattpad for various reasons: chronologically it's a prequel and Ashne & co. only show up as cameos for the most part, it is probably going to end up as one MONSTER TOME of a book, and generally speaking it's a much heavier story than I think most people are going to be willing to invest their time in. But who knows -- Book 3 is still a looong way off, and I may very well have changed my mind by then!)

4. Other/Miscellaneous: People have really taken a liking to "Thousand-Year Cat", I notice. I've actually planned a few more short stories in this universe (one has in fact been 60-70% written for more than a year) -- I really should get cracking on them, huh? XP

That said, the stories are only very loosely connected, and each one will be stylistically different from the others... so people who liked "Cat" may not necessarily like the rest. The one that's almost done is essentially a rambling first person pseudo-mystery starring a powerful middle-aged witch. So yeah.

Aside from that one, there is one about Twelfth Princess (from "Cat") and her horde of nutty sisters, and one surreal Sleeping Beauty-inspired tale about a sorceress who shows up in the pseudo-mystery....

- - -

IN OTHER NEWS, I will be on vacation for a month starting August 9th, but hopefully will continue to get things done while gone.
tewaters: wild horses watching you watch them (horses)
Hmm, yeah, a couple of updates, with perhaps more later. Maybe I should start posting here more than once a month. :P


1. Memory of AUSOS: I've finally reached the midpoint of the first season! i.e. am venturing now into uncharted territories... Technically I have the whole season outlined, but I'm really a pantser at heart, and this shows especially with AUSOS, where I pretty much never know exactly how an update is going to turn out until I sit down and write it.

The last couple of updates (the ones since relaunch) have been kinda interesting in that I've been waiting a long, long time to write them. Episode 13 in particular has been in the plans from the very beginning... Which didn't make it any easier to write, but did mean I had a pretty clear image or idea of what I was going for.

But now that I've passed that milestone, the next major milestone I have ahead of me is the season finale. Which is a long way off. And everything that lies in between is muddled and vague. Or, in other words, I feel like I'm starting from scratch again, even though I'm technically not. Still, daunting!


2. The Ghost Tiger's Lament: Like I've posted several times at several places by now, the book is now posted in entirety at Wattpad --

http://www.wattpad.com/story/1427188-the-ghost-tiger%27s-lament

It's going to be featured starting July 5th, and I'm a little nervous about the reception... but oh well, what's done is done. No use wasting more brain power on it. I've started hammering out the shape of the sequel and doing research for it, and have also written a few snippets here and there, but it doesn't look anything like the beginnings of a proper draft yet.


3. Vortex Saga/The Land of Eternal Winter: The new/current project. To be honest, I have been completely STUCK on writing for the past two months, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making progress either. Recently I decided to trash the opening of the first book and try a different angle, so we'll see how that goes.

For the record, I cycled through at least ten different openings for Ghost Tiger -- and have done similarly for previous (retired) projects. AUSOS was one of the rare instances where I knew exactly where and how to start. Otherwise, I HATE OPENINGS. (For longer work, at least. Don't have as much of a problem with them for shorts.) No other part of a book gives me as much trouble or forces me to do as much rewriting. For me, the opening serves as the foundation of the rest of the story, so if I don't get it right, everything collapses. On the flip side, once the opening is (finally) set in stone, the rest is relatively smooth going. Fixes later on are easier to make, and much less painful.


4. Other/Miscellaneous: Like I said, have been in a rut through most of May/June. Aside from dashing out AUSOS updates, I did get a little bit of work done on a short story that's like more than a year old at this point, but not enough to boast about. :P
tewaters: stylized Taurus lady (taurus)
The first half was pretty productive, but then I think I spent most of the rest of the time gaming... Bad me.

No announcements to make, other than AUSOS is officially relaunched. Maybe more news later.
tewaters: stylized Taurus lady (taurus)
This was a month of Getting Things Done! My first novel is released, research for the sequel is under way, my unofficial translation project is off to a decent start ([syndicated profile] arslan_feed, [livejournal.com profile] arslan_feed), and I'm hoping to have another book (different series) out sometime this summer/fall if all goes well. Which it may very well not, given my track record. :P

Oh yeah, and AUSOS. A.K.A. the webserial I unceremoniously put on hold more than half a year ago. So... relaunch is planned for May or June, but it's been a real pain trying to figure out how to jump back into the plot from where I left off (right in the middle of a chapter, OOPS). I mean, I DID have an outline for this one, but it was a very vague one, as my "outlines" tend to be (1-3 cryptic sentences per chapter). I know very generally what's supposed to happen, but exactly what I had planned to reveal and when I planned to reveal them... ummmmmm. This was not a problem when I was actually focused on the project, but after this long of a break from the material... I confess I'm a bit at a loss. XD (This is one of the many reasons I usually don't write in order.)

So a lot of rereading ahead (hopefully won't get distracted by the urge to edit everything to pieces) -- I need to write up a recap anyway -- and a lot of reorienting/replotting. I'll admit, I keep procrastinating on this because I'm feeling much more enthusiastic about the shiny new book that took over my brain back in March, which is actually not "new", exactly, but more like the germination of yet another one of those "been around forever" ideas of mine... Anyway, I guess I'll see what happens, but first I should probably get some sleep...
tewaters: Chinese river and mountain scene (river)
Well! This year has not been going as planned at all (when does it ever), but I... am surprisingly okay with that. I'd been going through a bit of a rough patch since around August last year, which threw my original plans completely off kilter, and really have only been able to start pulling myself back together in the last few weeks. (It's been an on and off thing, to be honest -- hopefully this time it sticks. Fingers crossed!)

Out of an initial goal of 200k new words this year, I've made it to about 35k as of today -- that is, I'm behind, but not by so much that I'm going to beat myself up over it. I'll finally be publishing one or two things in April, which I'm very much looking forward to. And then I can finally restart a certain webserial cough, not to mention start working on the next few projects I have lined up.

Despite myself, I'm pretty excited about what the future holds right now. :)

FEBRUARY

Feb. 24th, 2012 10:00 pm
tewaters: a goofy snake (Default)
Oh gosh. This month has been just... well, I'd rather not talk about it.

In the meantime, the main project I was working on, which I was thinking for a while would barely hit 80k words in terms of length... looks like it's going to fall in the 90-95k range instead.

I've never considered myself a wordy writer. I mean, I'm not exactly concise either, but I'm too bored by my own infodumping for it to ever be a major problem for me even in my earlier drafts. I'm the kind of writer, in fact, who usually has to cycle back through my work in order to flesh out scenes. (I was actually worried since the genres I write in tend toward doorstopper lengths, i.e. over 100k!)

Haha, anyway, I thought I was starting to get a pretty good grasp of how "long" I write for any given project (despite being a pantser for the most part, I almost always start out with a good idea of the overall structure of a story, which in turn gives me a fairly decent estimate of scope), but it seems the longer the work gets, the less accurate my sense of length gets...
tewaters: wild horses watching you watch them (horses)
Sooooo, I've been doing the [community profile] inkingitout challenge this year (goal: 200k), and am doing okay despite a bad start, though still not quite optimally.

Most of my available energy has been concentrated on a single project for the last two months, but as that (finally) draws to a close, I find my mind beginning to wander. There's the serial to restart, of course (COUGH), and the sequel to this current project to start planning for, and a few short stories/one novella to be finished, and a potential standalone novel to play with....

And two games to plan/write/code.

This last item is a bit of a conundrum, as the concept for the one I'm more interested in is probably way too ambitious for a more-or-less first time project, and the other one isn't really "story-based". I've been wondering whether or not I should include the ambitious project in my overall word count, though, because that one is story-based. Thus far I've only been counting original prose (I've not had the brain space for fanfic in a while, and if I counted my personal blog/journal posts/research notes this challenge would be way too easy :P). The game material technically falls under this umbrella, but in my head I've been making a distinction between those projects and the projects that are more strictly writing-based.

Which kinda leads into my next point, which is that I'm also torn between wanting to spend time/energy on the things I can (and should) finish (i.e. have something to show for the work) ASAP -- and wanting to noodle around with the game project, which will take a lot more time, money, and commitment before it reaches fruition. I want to do EVERYTHING now. But there's only so much time in the day, and so much energy I can afford. I could work on whatever excites me the most at any given moment, which maximizes productivity but lessens actual (completed) output... or I could focus on getting my work out there and building an audience. Both options have their pros and cons, and it's hard to strike a balance between them.

That said, I'm not sure this would be so much of a problem if only I weren't so impatient! XD

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