I am currently going through the query/rejection cycle for Genocide Moon. I was discussing with my editor and had some existential reflections. I try to be open to growth as a human in any and all situations, including this one. If I am successful in my quest for publication in the traditional market it will have taught me perseverance and hope. If I fail, it will teach me to find joy in creating, independent of monetary gain or recognition. Either way, there’s wisdom to be gained.
I think I've settled on Genocide Moon as my title. The 3rd draft is done, in the hands of the beta readers (many thanks to the betas!). I'm very excited to be working with an editor (who shall remain nameless unless she gives me permission to mention her name) after the final post-beta tweaks are complete. The formal edit will be late July. I'll start sending out queries in Aug/Sept! I'll keep everyone posted!!
Alright. I give up trying to name this damn thing. We will just say "the book with the changing title" is on its third draft, about 100 pages in. After this one, I'll get a copy edit, finish my query letter and start sending them out. Hopefully by then I'll have settled on a title *shrug*.
The first draft of Scab Amongst the Stars formerly The Lucid Hosts/The Prescient Guard/Genocide Moon is complete!!!! Hopefully this is the final name change, LOL. It's far from finished (I've got 3 more drafts ahead of me) but at least the first draft is done, and that's the on that takes the longest. My goal is to have all the subsequent drafts done by the end of 2018. Not bad for a workin' stiff like me!
My new project is halfway done (first draft). I am still determining the title, but it's coming together nicely. My goal is to have draft #1 done by the end of 2017. We will see what life throws at me over the next 8 months, but that's my working plan.
The project I'm working on (formerly The Lucid Hosts and The Prescient Guard) is 1/3 of the way done. It is separated into 3 roughly equal parts and I'm in the most difficult period of writing a novel: the newness of the idea can't propel me, but I'm not close enough to the finish line to be drawn forward. But I'm plugging away at it. My goal is draft #1 done by the end of '17. Trying to fit writing around a full time job, a marriage, and raising two young children makes for slow progress, but a deeply satisfying feeling when it's complete!
After 13 months of labor I completed all my coursework for the Algonkian Novel Writing Program and turned it in today! I am excited for the feedback and further molding (and strengthening) of The Prescient Guard. There is much work to be done, but my goal is the have the first draft of the full manuscript done a year from now. In the meantime, I mean to give my poor ol' neglected blog some love, and maybe write a short story or two!
Well, the first 100 pages of the first draft of The Prescient Guard formerly The Lucid Hosts are now complete. I will be polishing them up and making them shine, and then turning them in as my final lesson for the online writing course. I have been focusing all my creative energies on this novel (as evidenced by my shameful neglect of my blog) and hope the results will please. More details to come.
I canceled all forms of social media. When I need a break from working on The Lucid Hosts I'll comment on why in "Cerebral Catchall." But from this day forward all official utterances from J.T.R. Brown the writer or just plain ol' JT the guy are coming via this site. So sayeth the LORD. So I'll make a good faith effort to update it more.
11 lessons down for the Algionkian Writer's Course, 5 more to go! The skeleton of The Lucid Hosts is constructed and hanging in the closet of my brain. Now its time to give the bones some flesh!
Great news! I got accepted into the Algonkian online writing program. Here's the "bad" news: The program requires I be working on a commercially viable novel. The novel I pitched them that got me accept was a dark fantasy idea that has the working title "The Lucid Hosts." The Remnants of America series, for all its bombastic charm (if I do say so myself) is not commercially viable. Here's why: Editors don't like over-the-top, offense, off-color political satire. Its not marketable. Go figure! (That's a joke). Soooo for the few Remnants of America fans out there (all 9 of you or so) I hate to tell you but, The Genderless is on hold. I have to shelve it until I finish The Lucid Hosts. But not to worry; I will return to the Genderless while I am shopping The Lucid Hosts and finish it and release it right away self-pub. So it will get there. Its just on hold for a bit. It will just be that much more awesome when it comes out!
The first draft of "The Genderless" is over halfway done. Stay tuned for further updates...
my short story, Gone, has been posted on Menda City Review! Check it out at www.mendacitypress.com
My short story, GONE, will be appearing in the forthcoming issue of Menda City Review. The story will be featured FREE OF CHARGE on Menda's website when the issue should hits the website this summer! More details to come...
The sequel to The Charlatans is well underway. The Genderless: Remnants of America Vol: 2 takes place on the West Coast. stay tuned for more details...
The Charlatans is available in ebook and paperback now! Check out the home section or books section for the link
The Charlatans has arrived! The ebook is now available on amazon for $2.99. The paperback will be available in the next 5-7 days. Purchase the ebook here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M5EHCUU
Available in August in ebook and print-on-demand format from amazon.com.
Will post links when it's available.