Spring Cleaning Writing Update!

I was tagged in this fun writer challenge by K.M. Carroll, and since I have a lot of updates to share, I figured why not?
1. Dust bunnies and plot bunnies: Reorganize your writing goals or make new ones.

Well, I officially nailed some writing goals, so that’s good!

This anthology releases today! This humorous romance anthology is a side project with author H.L. Burke and featuring several other talented humor writers. Get it now on Amazon!
AND this lovely writing resource is now up for preorder! Releases April 24.

So now my goals are:

-Finish implementing line edits for Priceless: An Ironfire Legacy Novella, due out in June through Uncommon Universes Press.

-Finish writing If Wishes Were Curses, an urban fantasy prequel to Wish Me Luck that I have to write first in order to fully figure out Wish Me Luck.

-Make some more critical plotting decisions about Faithless: The Ironfire Legacy Book 2.

-Finish a nonfiction writing resource for my newsletter.

-If I’m crazy, start outlining my next writing resource, tentatively titled Steal Your Plot: Winning Stories Based on Classic Structures.

Because I’m not busy enough. 😉

2. Which stage am I at?

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

All of the above. I tend to have multiple projects going on at different stages in the journey. At this stage in the game all of my fiction is centered on the steampunk fantasy + shifters universe of The Ironfire Legacy series or the urban fantasy universe of The Steel City Genie series.

3. Treasure from the back of the closet: Snippet Love.

Fiction Snippet – From How to Catch a Unicorn

“A horn.” A bone-colored horn with an extremely sharp tip.

“Yes, unicorns usually have those,” he said, stomping the ground. For she couldn’t consider the beast an it after speaking with him. “Are you in trouble?”

“Only, um.” A little giggle escaped her as she looked up into his brown eyes. “I don’t think…that is, I’ve never heard that unicorns could talk.”

“We can’t speak aloud. Not in this form.”

“This form? You have others?”

“Well, so I’ve heard. I’ve never explored the magic myself.” The unicorn stomped the ground again. “Are you in trouble or not?”

Effie shrugged, still trying to make sense of this. She could hear the unicorn, but he said it wasn’t his magic. But it couldn’t have been hers. She didn’t have any magic, not even the little Talents her parents had. “Empty” was the word.

Wait, she’d lured in a unicorn! She needed to whistle for Garrett. But first, she just wanted to know one thing. One wish.

Garrett had said unicorns could grant more than one.

“Um, since you’re here…could I ask for a wish?”

The unicorn turned his head to look at her. “I suppose I can’t stop you.”

“There’s a man, Garrett. I wish to know how he really feels about me. He says that he cares about me.”

“Does he know that you’re lying in a clearing, vulnerable and naked next to a dangerous animal with a sharp weapon?”

Effie nodded. “Well yes, it was his idea.”

“No. He doesn’t care about you.”

Nonfiction Snippet – From Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories: A Creative Writing Guide to World Building That Sells 

A Writing Prompt

Explain the Unexplained

What is something in your life you want to have explained? What’s an experience you’ve never understood? Creating new worlds gives you the opportunity to answer questions in new ways. For example, what would it look like if the monsters under the bed were real? The answer to that question turned into the movie Monsters Inc. What questions do you have that could be explained through your world building?

Application

Write down three situations, topics, mysterious, objects, customs, , topics, etc. that you’ve never understood or always wanted to explain in a new way. Then write down speculative explanations for those things. Be as wild and crazy as you can.

Challenge

Choose a mundane object, custom, plant life, weather pattern, etc. and write a short story about how it came to be. Ignore everything that education has taught you about this thing. Invent a new origin story for it or a new explanation that involves a different kind of magic or science.

3.5. Bonus: Do some actual spring cleaning of your writer self. (And share a picture!)

Oh dear. This is not a good idea. I’m bowing out of this one. I like a clean house, but did you see all of those releases? Something’s gotta give. 😉

Go ahead and answer any (or all) of the above questions yourself in a comment!

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