• WIP,  Writing

    The Novelette Project Update

    by So when I first conceived of the Novelette Project, sometime late last year, the idea was to write three 10-15,000 word novelettes, all falling into the general bucket of the Fantasy genre, but all of different sub-genres. These would go along with Thorvald’s Wyrd, possibly to build a small collection. I had thoughts for three more novelettes when I began, with a fourth idea coming in later, and five is a nice number, so I let myself have that leeway, and I gave myself December to get the bulk of them done. Three times 10,000 words is 30,000 words, which seemed like something I could accomplish in light of…

  • Writing

    The Next Project

    by It’s been a week for finishing things, creatively speaking. Aside from drafting the last scene of Universal Destiny last night, I also finished plotting the last few scenes of book 2 of the Godhead trilogy (planned to start drafting January 1st), and the final (read it out loud) draft of Ancient Runes (which I now need to figure out what to do with). This is not a writing report for November. There are still 4 days left, including today, and   hope  to pound out some additional wordage before the end of that time. That said, heady with success at the moment, I’m plunging straight into the next project, which…

  • Musings,  Writing

    How to Turn a 3k Short Story into an 11k Novelette in 3 Easy Steps

    by It’s not as hard as it sounds, especially when you’re writing short stories in a big universe that you’ve already got three short novels set in with literally dozens of neat little things you could pick up. And some of them aren’t so little. So… 1. Start with a clear idea for a short story Most of the short stories I plan to write this year fall into the Warforge universe. I’d like to have about 20 to go along with the three short novels in the first triad (not trilogy as I’m still debating whether to weave them back together into a single story or not). “Closing Time”…