Saturday, January 25, 2020

Those WIP Things (Automata, The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory)

I'll have to use this vintage photo of a young man named Charlie Arndt for my representative whenever I talk about my current WIPs, particularly The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory, which, by the way, will be re-titled before its release. I've yet to decide which to go for, but something along the lines of St. Grimald's Ghosts or Agnes of St. Grimald Priory would work much better, I think.

That book is definitely shaping up to be a novel and not a long novella, but as to it being the first book of a series, I continue to waver on it. It depends on how well it works out, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being a one-off. If such is the case, it'll be a long novel in order to cover all of the "drama" of a haunted priory and its quirky mistress and her long-suffering nephew.

The book itself is going through a bit of a downturn in terms of the writing, which I tend to experience somewhere midway through the draft. It's expected, and it's something like a mild case of writer's block.

I am having more success with the plotting of Automata, though, but that's likely because I already knew what was supposed to happen even before I typed "Chapter 1". That novel's coming along pretty smoothly. Another thing about it - that I think is helping me with the easier flow of writing, that is - is that it's following a more standard narrative structure of 3rd person limited POV, not a more scattered epistolary form.

I'm still on target, time-wise, and with the upcoming surgery and resulting medical leave (I'm looking at maybe the full twelve weeks since my thumb and part of my hand will be in a cast for six), I'll be distracting myself completely with writing, which means a much earlier completion of the first draft than initially planned. I'm totally cool with that, really.

As for other publishing updates, I'm planning to put Ambrose and A Murder of Crows up next for my monthly backlist sales. Ambrose will be my planned March sale, and A Murder of Crows will be for April. I'll also be targeting the longer (100K+ words) books for the rest of the year, but I still have to decide which ones will be chosen.

I also have a few thoughts about the recent Dracula adaptation put out by Netflix, but that can wait another time.

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