** This post was written when Mr. S. had a different blog. **
In the Shadow of the Shadow
These progress bars are great because they add two things to my writing day: public accountability and a sense of personal satisfaction. Long projects like novels require a ton of self-discipline to complete. Anything that simultaneously prods me to write (“Everyone will think I’m a slacker if I don’t write today!”) and rewards me for doing so (“I’m not a slacker! I wrote today!”) is worth looking at.
Mr. Miller has graciously allowed us to make the code available to you, our readers, as well. If you have a WordPress blog and want to join me in public writing accountability, get the code for these progress bars here »
(Comment on this post to let me know you’re in this with me!)
The next two Tira-Nor books are slated for publication in 2014 (Runt the Hunted has a pub date of April 11, 2014, and The Curse of the Seer should be available in fall 2014.) So what am I working on now?
My work-in-progress is a YA science-fantasy. Since the idea doesn’t fit neatly in any defined genre, I am dubbing this story a “swordpunk” novel. Swordpunk is like steampunk except that the separation of culture and technology is much wider. Rather than victorian settings with industrial technologies, swordpunk juxtaposes medieval or renaissance settings with futuristic technologies. Justifying the coexistence of these elements is obviously what makes the genre tricky. (We’ll find out in six months or so if I can do it.)
My working title for the new book is In the Shadow of the Wise. I’m hoping to have the rough draft finished by the end of the year, though March 1 is probably a more realistic deadline.
Over the next few months I’ll offer a series of posts about the writing of this book and what it has taught me.
Meanwhile, thanks to those fantastic, fiendish little bars on the right, you can track my progress and throw encouragement—or tomatoes—as needed.