Finished a rough first draft of Field of Heroes today, the first of three novels for Severed Press.
It's missing the last part (just works out like that - can't write it 'til all the pieces are in place), and it'll be about twice as long by the final draft, but it's fine for a first draft and I'm going to rest it and do something else.
Field of Heroes
It's been far too long, and I've been putting it off, so I'm working on the Rythe Quadrilogy between projects to draw a line under that. It's only edits, so I'll edit/write something new/edit, which is my preference and suits me fine.
Also (putting these things here so I know what I did for the year end round up...), reading, Abnett's Embedded, Remic's Toxicity, Reynold's Revenger, Bear's Queen of Angels, and the Cyberpunk Anthology.
Wrote a first draft of a short 'Taking the Nine to the Last Shop' and began work on 'Instead, she Lived the Gangfight Dreams of Madmen'.
Had a rejection from Black Library, which is honestly for the best.
Waiting on submissions from Baen and Angry Robot, both fire and forget, a couple of agents, and a couple of other publishers for 'Hush'.
Largely writing this post so I can keep track of what I'm doing - I can focus like a demon watching porn when I'm doing one thing, but when I've got more than one? Memory of a peanut. Hence, figuring I've basically got a diary, even though it's public...my BLOG!
So, this week, began 'Patriot Company', this/next month's project. I submitting Hush to an agent, to Angry Robot and to Baen.
I wrote a short for 'Black Library' last year (called 'Into the Black'), I think, and decided against it, not confident enough in the Warhammer world, but I figured the story was good, and even if I don't know all the ins and outs of Space Marines and Deathwatch and the like, they do. So I sent it. Baen and Black Library are submit and forget kind of timescales, so it won't hurt to have a record of it here.
8K into Patriot Company as off tonight.
And decided it's high time I got off my arse and finished 'The Land between Midnight' Trilogy (Hangman, Highwayman, and Coachman) so that's next, then, the second of three contracted for Severed Press (Alternity Engine) and after, finish the 'Rythe' books, the third for Severed after that (title I can't say because it's good), and I'll finish up the Oblivion series all at once.
Unless someone offers me an unconscionable amount of money to do something else.
Dunno why I called it that. Kind of makes sense. I'm just putting this here so I can remember when I began this latest project.
I started writing 'Field of Heroes' for Severed Press today. It looks to me like a longer story, but a trilogy, too, and the third one, at that. They didn't ask for a trilogy, or book one and two, but they all stand alone so if they want one and two, all good, if not, they'll go out as prequels. No biggy, but a story is what a story wants to be, I think.
Anyway, a new bouncing baby 'Field of Heroes' is born, as are 'Born Soldier' and 'War 'til Death'. I'm going for a 'Heroic Military Science Fiction' vibe, following Gemmell's ethos, I guess - don't write the boring bits.
Same as always, I'll see how it goes, I guess.
Hoping to finish all three by the end of February, and writing them concurrently, because I hate owing anything and I'm done putting out trilogies I haven't finished. Haven't finished putting out three series and it's stressing me out something chronic.