After some hours of delay, assumed coding problems, and many thousands of panicked writers around the world…the 2016 Wattys are up and running.
The Wattys are Wattpad’s *huge* annual writing contest, split among many countries, languages, and genres. It’s a fascinating way for me, as an American, to see some of the best of the best of international writing outside the fanfiction and commercial venues I normally frequent!
For my part, just to see if anything would happen, I chucked Bloodshadow into the mix. From now until August 31, if you have (or want) a Wattpad account (they’re free), please stop by and give my old trunk-novel a look. It’s well beyond commercially publishable at this point; all that I can do is heavily revise and self-publish it, and I’m planning to do that anyway.
My fiendishly talented friend and beta-reader AG Carpenter has a new story out in the self-published wilds: Legacy.
Blurb: When a skin-changer looking for passage to Lake Ponchartrain collapses at her feet, Willa Arch finds herself drawn into a conflict between the iron-willed Queen Elsbett of Brittania and Queen of the Dead, Marie Laveau. But survival means coming face to face with Willa’s own deadly legacy of fur and teeth.
Available 07-14-2015 at Kobo (.epub) and Gumroad (.mobi). If you like steampunk and Southern Gothic, try this.
So, a thing happened today. I was clearing some old writing files off a hard drive, and found 2500 words starting a contemporary shapeshifter romance/dark fantasy set in Arizona. From 1993. There’s even a rough outline for the rest of the story. It could be fun, weird, and reasonably original.
I don’t need more story ideas right now.
I barely remember this one from when I first tapped out the words. At that time, I knew I needed more skill to do it justice.
Between the time I started it and now, the glittering resort that inspired it has gone into receivership twice, and changed from a society destination to a watering hole for old Republicans. It’s actually more interesting now, if sadder.
Since then, several publishing genres have erupted around paranormal romances and shapeshifters. I admit to rolling my eyes at many examples. I have even gone so far as to shudder at the thought of joining the trend.
Sure, I have a shifter character in a big secondary-world fantasy novel. And I was already planning a sly, ironic M/M hipster werewolf romance.
But now that I’ve rediscovered this particular story, it won’t let go.
I just have to do a few things to make it work:
Turn it from a contemporary paranormal romance, into a near-future science fiction romance. Turn the female main character into a guy. And listen to more ‘Night Vale’ podcasts and Eagles albums for flavor.
What can I say? I guess ‘Hotel California’ left its mark.