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Writing Progress Report

by on February 26, 2011

And now it’s time for Writing Progress Reports with Michael, the part of the blog where Michael comes out and delivers a Writing Progress Report. (Yes, I’m paraphrasing VeggieTales. It was a formative influence on my childhood. What can I say. 😛 )

So, from what I’ve read lately, it’s a standard practice in writer blogs to give regular updates on their writings: the stories they’re working on, the word counts or page numbers, the ideas they’re planning, etc. I’ve been a bit lax in this, I think, mainly because I’ve been having so much fun writing the Caitlin Chronicles, not to mention the other stories like Revenge of the Sock and Libby, Disco, and the Bees. But part of the reason I started this blog was to talk about my writing process and so forth, and so I plan to do more of that. So…*awkward silence*….what have I been writing lately?

Well, of course, there are the aforementioned Caitlin Chronicles. You know, it’s a funny thing; when I wrote the first Caitlin story, I didn’t intend for it to get so episodic. My real true love is superhero stories, and so I’d planned to do a lot of tales about Gaseous Girl or the Sporkster. But the Chrysalis Experiment prompt for that week was “the truth behind the smile”, and I got a picture in my mind about a princess with really good sword skills surprising a would-be assassin. When I get a plot bunny like that, I simply have to follow it. I suppose that’s why I’m a writer in the first place; I get these ideas for stories and I have to write them out. Whereupon I wrote it, and I found that I really liked the Princess Caitlin character. Then the prompt next week was “I knew there was a magic spell for THAT; I just didn’t expect to find one on eBay.” I had a beautifully funny idea on how that would work in Caitlin’s world (Hello, Mr. Edward Bayfield McFlanghanger), and from there things just kept going. I didn’t quite intend to get as serious with it either as I did (and I had absolutely no plans to involve the Zombie Penguin Apocalypse until last weekend). Plot bunnies are quirky that way; you let them go and there’s no telling where they’ll end up. So, bottom line: I intend to keep plugging away at the Caitlin Chronicles, and eventually, probably next year after the Chrysalis Experiment has ended, I plan to collect them all and put them in a full-fledged book. After editing, of course. Heh.

Speaking of which, I have done absolutely nothing about editing the sequels to Hailfire, the one novel that’s actually out already and languishing in the bottom of the Amazon rankings. (Yes, that was probably a shameless plug. So sue me. 😛 ) I wrote Hailfire for NaNoWriMo 2009, wrote a sequel in the summer of 2010, and then another sequel for NaNoWriMo 2010, just to finish up the story. But like I said, I haven’t done anything with them, aside from changing the Mighty Accountant to Mr. Ecosystem (it’s not important). This is mainly because my writing attention has been focused on a novel I’ve been working on for a college class, a gritty urban fantasy based on Christmas mythology.  I just hit 33,000 words with that, with my goal being to hit 100,000 -120,000 words by the end of semester in May. It”s coming along quite well. The best part is world-creation; for example, my story doesn’t just have ordinary goblins to fight with Santa’s elves, (although there’s plenty of those: elves and goblins). My story also has something I call Cyblins: they’re basically goblin-androids, and they are mean little cretins. You don’t want to meet a Cyblin on a dark night. Unless you’re the Easter Bunny, or as I call him, Buns. Long story. Oh, and fun fact: the phrase is “therein lies”, not “there enlies.” I heard it once on an Adventures in Odyssey radio episode, but apparently I didn’t hear it right, and only just discovered it this week.  And now I know. (And knowing is half the battle!)

Well, that’s all for today, kids. ‘Till next time.


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  1. I love your writing – you definitely have a great imagination! 😀 I’m very glad you joined us in the Chrysalis Experiment 🙂

  2. Thanks! I’m glad to be part of the Experiment; it’s been loads of fun. I think it’s going to get really interesting though when NaNoWriMo rolls around again in November, and we’ll be trying to write novels AND short stories…:P

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