>Progress and ruminations

>I’ve been working steadily on Hacker Dragon. I’m up to 21,667 words as of this very moment. I feel like that’s a truly respectable total, since this time last week, I only had about 13,000 or so. I’m finding it’s hard to get back into Drakan’s head; I’m not sure what the magic mix was when I first wrote her. She’s there, I can *feel* her, but I haven’t quite reconnected with her.

I’m pleased with the work. She’s mellowed, some. I think it’s me that’s mellowed, truthfully. I think I was in a very turbulent time in my life then. It’s no less turbulent now, but I’m coping better. I’m not in the grips of post-partum depression, though its lingering effects still hang in my mind like the unwanted cobwebs in my bedroom. I know they’re there, I know I need to get the broom, but I can’t quite bring myself to do it.
Such is the nature of depression, I suppose.
But I’m enjoying what I’m writing. It’s not Great Literature or anything, and I’m not sure I will pursue traditional publication with this piece; it’s leaning towards romance, although it may pull away into a respectable sci-fi piece by the time I’m done. If it does stay romantic, I may try Ellora’s Cave, or maybe just plain self-publishing via ebook.
I have NOT given up traditional publishing for my other works; I just don’t know if the world is ready for this one. 🙂 I won’t know until I’m finished, of course. I’ve got roughly a month before the CreateSpace deadline, and I think I’d like to print this one with it.
I don’t know. This is a very experimental book, for me. It’s outside of my comfort zone, it’s different, and I don’t think it has mainstream appeal, but I think it may very well find a very loyal audience in a certain niche.
Who knows, though, after I get the original version out, it may end up very different after it goes through editing.
I love writing. I love the mystery of it, the discovery. I’m a very visceral writer, I take a dream and I give it reality, and I enjoy learning where it leads. I’ve never been much of a planner.
And that, my friends, is my scattered brain dump for the day.

>Picking up an old WIP

>Mom cancelled on us, so I’ve got the whole day to myself. I’ve made two positive steps towards being actually productive.

1) Last night, I read over the piece I’m planning to continue. It doesn’t suck, and although I think I need to back up and take the story in a different direction than it did from the last plot twist, I think I’ve got a good base, and some damn good characters to work with.
2) Just now, I opened Scrivener. I will follow this action by stopping to tweet about the action I just took, then make a blog post about it.
Hey, it’s forward motion, right?

I think after that, I will move all of the text from the word doc I’ve got this saved on into Scrivener.

I’ve been trying to think of a new title, though. This piece is about a genetically enhanced computer geek who takes over a corporate network (think Shadowrun, but without most of the magical stuff.) just before another hostile organization takes over. This is literal hostility, including guns. She lets them take over, makes an arrangement with the leader of that organization, and is now playing cat-and-mouse with him. Romance ensues.

Quick bit of worldbuilding: Post apocalyptic thing, now humanity has a dual animal nature. Some are naturally more strong than others. Corporations rule the world (nah, I wasn’t influenced by anything cyberpunk. I PROMISE.) Most people are regular animals of various sorts, some are myths. MC is a dragon, leader of organization is tiger (smilodon fatalis, to be exact.) It comes off less cheesy than it sounds, I promise.

Anyway, It’s a sci-fantasy thing, heavier on the sci than the fantasy.

Current working title REALLY sucks: Hacker Dragon. Not the kind of thing I’d be proud to show off in public. So I have to figure out something different. I’d like this to be my CreateSpace submission, so I need a non-shitty title.

Now to figure one OUT. Any suggestions?

But I think I’ll start working on my scrivener file first, so that I’m making more progress towards actually writing, rather than procrastinating with minutiae.

>What Dreams May Come

>Had a fascinating dream last night that gave me the change in story direction I needed to get Hacker Dragon back on track. I was writing, but it was slow as molasses… and then I came up with the next twist to get it moving again.

I get a lot of material from dreams. I have very brilliant, colorful, vivid dreams. Sometimes very strange ones, at that. I’ve got another tale in the works, a seed of an idea that is germinating as we speak. It came straight out of a very bizarre dream involving a blue dragon, hiding in a mudslide, and a strange post-war environment of refugees. I’ve now got a tale in my head that tells the story of an amnesiac sniper who must discover his identity… all the while he is now working against the people he used to work for.

I don’t know where it’s going, but I do know what the final confrontation will look like.

Dreams are a fertile source of ideas for me. I was trained very early in life to remember my dreams, and I’ve gotten quite good at it. I usually lose a little of the “feel” of a dream, but I do remember most of them. Enough to build my stories on. I also tend to work out nasty plot knots as I lie in bed, trying to fall asleep. Given that it generally takes me at least an hour to fall asleep (sometimes longer), that’s usually a lot of very focused concentration. Which usually leads to more dreams, more ideas, and I literally work out my novel’s problems while I dream.

It’s a good system, and works for me.

>Soundtrack for HackerDragon

>I’ve got my soundtrack for Hacker Dragon. It’s an industrial techno compilation, mostly, and it serves my purposes perfectly. Edgy, a little discordant, even a little angry.

Tonight, once I’ve finished homework, (only two more weeks left in the quarter… looks like I’m going to manage all As again this go-round) I’m going to go in for a major push to do at least several pages on Nightblade.

In other news, this is an APB for all you writers out there: you should be terrified. Epiracy on the same level as the massive amounts of mp3 thefts has begun, and you should be aware of the phenomenon. Kristin from Pub Rants has more.

Please spread the word that this is unacceptable; encourage your friends and family NOT to download these ebooks; we writers exist on the fringe of livability; unlike musicians, a few downloads are DEFINITELY going to hurt us; every book downloaded is one not bought, one not paid for, which ultimately results in lower sales, and can continue until the publisher drops an author.

I encourage you to complain to esnips, and report every copyright-infringing ebook you find. If enough complaints are filed, maybe esnips will pull that category. At the very least, the more that are reported, that’ll keep their copyright department working overtime.

>Breaking the wall

>I finally managed to shatter the blockage. I won’t call it writer’s block, because I knew what I wanted to write, I just also knew it was going to be boring and suck horrific balls.

However, I broke out the good old fashioned way… a notebook and a pen. I wrote six full handwritten pages last night, a decent start on a very good action scene. If I can get past this chapter, I’ll be into the climax, and it’ll be time to kick ass and take names.

In other knews, I’ve also rediscovered an old tale I wrote god knows when… “Hacker Dragon”. It’s a sci-fantasy kind of thing, something vaguely reminiscent of the old RPG Shadowrun. I REALLY want to work on it, but I’m determined to finish Nightblade first. So I’ve decided that I’ll hurry up and do that so I can work on the second. I may try writing on Nightblade first, and use the second story as a carrot to work hard.

Sorry for the long time since the last post. I’ve been so caught up with schoolwork and trying to get past this block that I haven’t wanted to waste time with “can’t update, nothing’s changed” posts here. 🙂