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)

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...


^_^ (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.
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 --


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


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