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Writing Update – January 2014

First project list of 2014. It’s going to be a busy year.

Current active projects include:

Nox Series

(This series cowritten with Carla.)

1: Isolation
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Third draft with second round first readers. Recently have had an epiphany on this series, broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

2: Rage
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Original complete outline and partially complete first draft scrapped. New outline approximately 1/2 way done. On hold.

3-5: Untitled
New adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Broad series outline needs to be reworked. On hold.

Untitled Vampires Project

(This series cowritten with Sarah.)

1: Untitled
Adult sci fi and supernatural romance. Status: We’re writing the detailed outline and doing some heavy duty world building.

UK Horror Series

(This series cowritten with Carla.)

1: Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: First draft in progress.

2: Monsters & Music
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Talking Dead.

3: Forgotten Love
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Monsters & Music.

4: Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Forgotten Love.

5: The Monster Mash
Young adult supernatural adventures. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Wicked Witches.

Red Series

(This series cowritten with Carla.)

1: Untitled
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done, though it needs to be tweaked based on some changes made at the end.

Stand Alones

Fable
(Cowritten with Carla.)
Young adult supernatural adventure with a twist of meta. Status: Outline to be started when we have spare time. Ha.

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Writing Update – December 2013

Ok, so updating on writing is a thing that Carla does, and I’m nothing if not a copycat when it comes to her. She has an awesome character? Totally stealing that. She comes up with an idea? Yep, I’ll write fanfic of that universe until it becomes cannon. Updates on writing? Well, if Carla does it, it must be cool.

So, yeah, that’s what I’m doing now.

Note: everything I write is co-written with her. Not everything she writes is co-written with me. Can you tell which one of us is the clingy one in this relationship?

Most young adult series are three books. We are Big E Langston, we don’t need three, we need five.

Nox Series

1: Isolation
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: This is currently in third draft, with third readers for their comments (low priority). Currently on hold.

2: Rage
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Outline stage – part 2. We outlined it thoroughly, and realised on the writing stage that it wasn’t right for the series or the characters, so we are looking at a major rewrite.

3-5: Untitled
Young adult supernatural survival horror. Status: Very shallow outline stage. Overall arcs outlined, but not chapter by chapter.

UK Horror Series

1: Talking Dead
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: First draft in progress.

2: Monsters & Music
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Talking Dead.

3: Forgotten Love
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Monsters & Music.

4: Wicked Witches
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Forgotten Love.

5: The Monster Mash
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done. First draft pending completion of Wicked Witches.

Red Series

1: Untitled
Young adult supernatural adventure. Status: Detailed outline done, though it needs to be tweaked based on some changes made at the end.

Stand Alones

Fable
Young adult supernatural adventure with a twist of meta. Status: Outline just about started. Waiting for us to have some free time to work on it. (Bwahahaha.)

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Obligatory First Post

So, I have set up WordPress, I have fought with Twitter (and lost) and now, here I am, with my creepy green blog, all prepared to fill pages with… something.  I have no idea.

A quick “about me” style post? Ok, I’m in my 30s, I live in Leeds, I love horror movies and tea, preferably together, and every Saturday I have “Tea and Terror”, a horror movie watching/tea-drinking day, with one of my best friends, Kim.  When I’m not watching horror, I’m attempting to write it with my other best friend, Carla.  Carla was the one who suggested I start blogging again.  Sadly I miss the heady days when LiveJournal was the height of the blogging experience.  I was cool on LJ back in the day.

So, writing.  I’m better at fiction than blogging, third person past tense being a much easier way to write.  With first, I change tenses all the time.  I’m working on that.  I write what I love to read: strong, awesome young women; ghosts that do not rattle chains; the occasional vampire; and plenty of people with a whimsical approach to life.  Also: Garden Gnomes.

Current projects include:

Nox Series

1: Isolation
This is currently in third draft, with third readers for their comments.  We hope to send it out to agents by the end of the year.

2: Rage
Outline stage – part 2.  We outlined it thoroughly, and realised on the writing stage that it wasn’t right for the series or the characters, so we are looking at a major rewrite.

3-5
Very shallow outline stage.  Overall arcs outlined, but not chapter by chapter.

UK Horror Series

1: The Talking Dead and 2: Monsters and Music
Fully outlined.

3: Forgotten Love
Halfway through the outline stage.

 

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