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An Embarrassment of Riches: Writing Update

July 13, 2009  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft   9 Comments

Here is a self-involved writing update!

But hey, if you can’t be self-involved on your own blog, where can you be? Isn’t that three-fourths of the interwebs or something?

I digress.

I’m actually in a self-imposed writing restriction. Editing work on my own novels has piled up and so I pledged, to the Writing Powers That Be (which, conveniently enough, is me), not to write until I am finished with my editing tasks.

And that is killing me.




With no words, killing me softly…

Ahem. I digress.

Bunny Trouble
Poor Bunny. I created this awesome three-dimensional character, and now it feels like I am neglecting her. It’s not her fault I can’t use the book to breakout as a published author.

But, she is becoming better with age. I’m contemplating a change that will cut the text all the way to 100,000 words.

We’ll see. It’s a good novel. And I don’t want to mess it up.

By the way, in about a month I can have the latest draft ready to go to any blog reader that wants to read Libertarian Gun Nut Science Fiction.

Actually, I take it back. I am looking at one indy publisher who actually does do Libertarian Gun Nut Science Fiction. I’m not holding my breath, though. I am going to polish the manuscript per above just in case they want to see it.

Armageddon’s Princess
I am looking for an agent for this book project. I’ve had partial requests, and partial rejections. Ha.

This novel really struck a chord with my beta readers, but I am left wondering if my first chapter is as good as I think it is. I’m going to have someone look at it in that regard and give me some feedback next week-ish.

The Baby Dancers
This is actually my next book project to finish. It’s a fun YA fantasy story. I have a need to finish it, not only because I want to see how the story ends, but also because I also plan to shop this around and see if I can land an agent. I am convinced my novelist career has firm roots in Science Fiction. This story, however, is demanding to be written, and I can’t deny the sheer amount of fun I have writing it.

It goes like this: any book with goblin ninjas on fire, you just gotta finish!

Killer Bunny
This is the next book in the Bunny Trouble series. I outlined it, but I am not going to start writing it until I finish The Baby Dancers.

Armageddon’s Princess Sequel
Another murder mystery, of course. I am enamored with the plot and I give all the beta readers who liked the first book, more of what they liked. Because, I am a giver.

This sequel is full of NOM. NOM I say!

I have already fully outlined this novel, but I am not going to write on it until The Baby Dancers is in the hands of my beta readers.

YA Urban Paranormal Fantasy About A Girl Named Lisa Who Turns into a Bad-Ass Wizard via a Tattoo and Gets Her Divorced Parents Back Together Again
When I was doing a blog redesign, I noticed this excerpt, which I pulled out of my literary butt, was popular with my female blog readers. And other random people who came by but never left a comment.

Out of all these book projects, this one just nags on me. It is an itch I can’t scratch, and I have no idea how long I can ignore it.

Now I know what you are thinking, you are thinking, “don’t!” And I might not be able to, we’ll see.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s actually set in the Baby Dancer universe. In a grand-conjunction kind of way, I could go like this:

  • The Baby Dancers
  • Lisa’s Story
  • The Crying Paladin
  • Lisa’s Story II
  • The Baby Dancers III
  • Lisa’s Story III
  • The Baby Dancers meet Lisa (end of books set in this universe)

I will never speak on this again. It will be our secret, buried in the electrons of the interwebs, forever.

But it is a cool idea.

Anyway, I don’t know when I will get to Lisa’s story, but I will. I originally thought 2010 might be a good time. That’s a good guess on my part.

Space Opera
Geeze. I wrote a chapter of “space opera” just so I could see things blow up in space, and this post gets random hits all over the place by people searching for “space opera” and other people who mysteriously click on a link from email readers.

Yet these people do not leave comments.

So here I am thinking it’s crap.

But if it is crap, why do people keep finding it?

Here’s my initial take: people are hard up for Space Opera Science Fiction. Publishers are not meeting this need.

But what do I know? I do know I have resisted the urge to edit the thing like three hundred times, only because it is an example of a first rough draft, preserved forever on the internets.

It was fun to write, but literally, that excerpt is less of an excerpt and more of my only idea for this story. Before and after, I have no idea what happens!

Perhaps if I figure that out, I will treat Space Opera more seriously.

Any of you space opera fans, just click on comment on either post (this one or the actual post), and leave a comment with your thoughts. I don’t bite. Really. You can also send me mail, my contact information is on the right-hand side of this blog near the top under “Contact Me”.

I have a book backlog. And I vow to make a big dent on it this summer.

As you can see, I have a large amount of stories to write on, an embarrassment of riches. I do know which book I will start to write on after I finish The Baby Dancers. And I will never complain about this type of problem. Never! I can think of no other writing “problem” I would rather have.

I love writing. I love storytelling. It’s fun!

A shout-out to anyone reading this far… I am curious, out of this list, what would you like to read? Besides the story in the art below by Daniel Conway, of course. Which I will not do, but damn howdy (and damn howdy is a technical term), that painting rocks.

9 comments on: An Embarrassment of Riches: Writing Update

  1. J.C July 13, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I care! Just so you know 🙂

    I want to read about goblin ninjas on fire. Like you say, there is just something awesome about that.

    Certainly having so many projects is a wonderful thing, you’re allowed to lament the lack of writing time, but not that you have so many ideas.

    Keep at it! And good luck with the querying, it’s good you’ve had some partial requests, am sure you’ll find someone to take Armageddon’s Princess on 🙂

    • Anthony July 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Tony Noland July 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

    1) I liked the Space Opera excerpt, and not just because I like seeing aliens misunderstanding and underestimating humans. It’s because I also like seeing things blow up.

    2) I admire the self-imposed disciple you are displaying with respect to the editing process. I can COMPLETELY understand how this would kill. I’ve yet to develop the fortitude to slip into those iron shoes and being that particular dance. You rock.

    • Anthony July 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Tony!

      Yeah. Things blowing up in space. I giggle.

      I kind of dig the sish alien though. Mainly because she’s snacking on the crew, and they let her. That’s so weird.

  3. tonyarmoore July 13, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Goblin ninjas on fire!

    But you’re writing a space opera titled Space Opera? No fair! That’s like calling dibs on Genre. j/k… but not really j/k – you called it, so now you Must write it. I want Space Opera.

    That’s an amazing piece of art… must find out more about this Daniel Conway’s work.

    • Anthony July 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Tonya.

      I never thought to actually use the working title to Space Opera as the actual title. Maybe something like “Hi, We’re Humans, We Finally Got Our Act Together, And We Are Here to Kick Your Ass“.

      Okay must stop thinking about Space Opera!

  4. marstead July 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Wow! You make Stephen King look like a slacker…

    I’d pick Bunny Trouble – but not until you cut it to 100,000 words. (Too much of a good thing, you know) And could you mix in a little Libertarian Sex and Drug Nut Science Fiction too 🙂

    • Anthony July 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      Oh my. Bunny Troublee is all about Libertarian Sex. There’s sex with seventeen year-old girls, sex with ex-girlfriends, sex with new girlfriends, lesbian cop sex and alien sex.

      And there is also drug use. Pot, specifically. Happy Weed fresh off the reservation.

      Here is Bunny Trouble before my edits:

      sex sex drugs sex sex guns, sex sex sex sex guns.

      Here is Bunny Trouble after my edits:

      Guns sex drugs, guns guns guns sex sex guns guns guns

      So, looks like I got you covered!

      Although, there is a distinct difference in drugs, and what happens to drug dealers who prey on the innocent. Yeah, those people don’t fair too well. Some even get eaten.

  5. bjkeltz July 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Well I LOVED Armageddon’s Princess. I would love to read more about Lexus and her crazy household. I really liked the first chapter, so not sure what you’re thinking of changing.

    After an AP sequel I guess I’d want to see Baby Dancers.

    Mostly I’m just excited about anything you write!

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