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writing update

Egads, but spring semester was a killer. Never again shall I kill myself quite that thoroughly (I won't think too much about it again; detailed here a few weeks ago), nor will I neglect my fiction for so long again. Yes, I published a bunch of essays and other nonfiction pieces and did a lot of editing this year, but writing my own fiction is what really fires me up the most.

So! What's Chris been up to, writing-wise, since the semester wrapped up? Theoretically, I'm unemployed until mid-July (so sayeth the University of Kansas and their budget-cutters, despite doing a seminar on teaching technical writing and performing countless teaching-related tasks for the upcoming CSSF summer program), so I should be working on my own stuff, right?

Well, I have been! Today, I accidentally came up with a new... novella? novel? we'll see - and wrote a 1500-word scene. Should be fun: far-future frontier adventure with lots of world-blasting banned tech and such. For the past couple of weeks, I've been wrapping up the final edits of my novel, Transcendence, which is due out in a few months from Hadley Rille Books (more-specific details coming soon). Gee whiz, revising a long, complex novel is a lot of work. Tomorrow evening, I meet with my editor and cover designer at Aimee's Coffee Shop, where we'll brainstorm cover ideas. Last week, I also worked out the story and major characters for a new YA-SF book I hope to start writing soon.

It's exhilarating to have time to work on my own dang stuff again!

How are you doing?


PS: WOW, but is it ever thunder-booming and pouring rain outside right now....



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Jun. 14th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Summer break for me. Lots of writing and housework.
Jun. 14th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm always of two minds about summer: It's my busiest time of the year, because the Workshops, Campbell Conference, and the SF Institute are pretty much every-waking-hour events for me, and I don't get much time to work on my writing. On the other hand, never am I as motivated and idea-filled as during these science-fiction summers.

Good luck getting lots done!
Jun. 14th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Me? I just delivered the final draft of the last book of the Daniel Fox trilogy. Which means ten years' work is over, put to bed, done (bar CEM and proofs, obviously, but the actual writing is all done). Which means I have to write proposals and find a publisher who'll be excited by something new. *gulp*
Jun. 14th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Congratulations - how exciting! Good luck on the next step....
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yay for getting to work on your own dang stuff again!

is it ever thunder-booming and pouring rain outside right now

That must explain the less-than-rested feeling this morning. Ugh.

Never again shall I kill myself quite that thoroughly

You're marking this entry as a memory, right?

Jun. 14th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'll soon forget the lessons learned.
Jun. 14th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I love a good storm. I'm excited you have a new idea kicking about.
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