Life got busy this month (hello, holidays!), so I dropped out of Huevember for my sanity. Gingersnap Cat Christmas is up to 15K words and still going strong! I’m staying offline so I can try to finish it before December. Hopefully I’ll work up enough energy to scan some of the random art I’ve done.
Also, if you haven’t played STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME I recommend it. No ads, no microtransactions, just great Zelda-esque fun times. Also Dustin’s sprite is spot on and I love it.
Whoo! My latest story, A Gingersnap Cat Christmas, just hit 10,000 words! Since I want it finished by Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying to write on it even on days when I’m Not Feeling It™. So far, it’s working! Even on my argleblargle days I’m managing between 700-1400 words an hour. Stay tuned to see if I manage this audacious goal!
It’s called A Gingersnap Cat Christmas and I have NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. %D
Basically it’s Highway to Heaven but the angel is a cat. At least, that’s the premise so far.
It’s also starting off at a slower pace than I expected. But hearing about Heaven’s cat colony is very interesting!
“Magnum dropped something else off. Feels bad in your hands.”
Leaves. Dish sponges. Shoelaces.
Katheryn Crenshaw is used to her cat bringing her odd gifts.
Then he brings home an object that terrifies her.
It won’t be the last.
Novelette: 10,900 words. PG-13.
A disquieting tale starring two women. More disturbing than gory, with many of the scares happening in broad daylight…
And in a complete mood swing from the last release, we have What the Cat Brought Back. It’s a novelette (think: longer short story) perfect for Halloween reading.
Writing this, I was surprised by the tender friendship between the two women, Katheryn and Mallory. I mean, it’s still a horror story, but there’s some light in the bleakness.
And please remember, reviews are always welcome!
Hunh! Despite sitting down without a plan, I appear to be finished with my horror story ebook cover! Prayer works! Guess I’ll make the announcement, then!
This doesn’t look good…
Coming this week: WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK, a new PG-13 horror novelette.
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90% of my Frenchies edits are done so I’ve really got to get a cover going. I’ve made a few batches of covers but am still not sure if I’m in the right direction for a “Fantasy Family Romance Comedy” story (it reminded my reader of Hallmark movies, which was exactly what I was going for).
Today, instead of starting with a thumbnail, I decided to start with type, then pasted an old mockup under it. Love the author name in this font, but maybe I shouldn’t use it if I’m going to use it in the title. Or vice versa. And I think branding could be stronger, you know?
I don’t even know if I want this to be photobashed. I was considering aping the BEWITCHED animation style. And doing a patterned frame around it. But I don’t know if I can pull it off.
(In my secret heart I want all my covers to be illustrated, or have some illustrated aspect to them. I mean, I have the skillz, why limit myself with stock photos? But the business-savvy writer boards seem to say that it’s not right to illustrate everything, so I’m torn. It’s hard to go against the crowd, you know?)
OWL: The Online Writing Log
For any writers out there aspiring to track their wordcount, this is a new tool by a bloke I see on Mastodon. He’s been working hard on it, so for those of you who don’t want to use monster spreadsheets, this might be a good option for you!
Dove in today and busted out 1,300 words on a sequel to my first Magic Fashion Frenchies novella. Kinda excited, but I hope this one finishes up faster than the first one!
“Books let you know what tense they want to be written in.” — David Mitchell, from Make it now: the rise of the present tense in fiction
As a writer working on a fantasy story (the greatest Nosferatu love story of all time) that for some reason is first-person, present tense, I found that quote to be hugely reassuring.
In other news, I am preparing a new horror novelette to go out to a proofreader. If you’ve ever had a cat bring you gifts, you will probably like it.
Finished (read: abandoned) my first draft of Magic Fashion Frenchies #1 and have sent it off to my proofreader!
This novella took so long to write that while I was working on it, I came up with three other ideas for the characters, so I guess this will be my first series!
How long did it take me to write? Well, its working title was My Frenchie Valentine.