I'm off on holiday until 21st May! I won't have any internet access, so this blog will stay quiet for the next week and a bit.
I'll catch up with everyone when I get back, but for now: have a great week, keep hydrated, and don't burn any buildings down. You guys can do that, right? I'm trusting you!
What I’m Reading
I've just finished UNRAVEL ME by Tahareh Mafi, which I enjoyed, and now I have a host of new books to chose from -- I'm looking forward to Chuck Wendig's THE BLUE BLAZES in particular. (ARC Provided by Angry Robot.)
What I’m Writing
I've just passed the 30k mark on Leviathan Rises, and the voice is finally starting to feel solid. I managed to go back and fix the first chapter, which had been not-quite-right for a while, and now I'm working on the rest.
This story is proving tricky because I wrote those 30k haphazardly: jumping around the timeline, skipping to exciting scenes, writing sections with no idea where they'll fit. Now that I'm on the end stretch, I need to go back and pull it all together into solid chapters, and that's rough going.
Worth it, though. I really love this ridiculous oddball of a story.
What Inspires Me Right Now
I'm on a musical kick! Mostly listening to Fall Out Boy's new album Save Rock and Roll, and this gorgeous track by a new musical find, the band Les Friction:
"This force is in love with you. It wants you safe. It wants you well."
What Else I've Been Up To
I'm thinking very seriously about doing my theory test in the near future, and I've been studying for it in my spare moments.
I'm also trying to eat healthier -- more fruit, less sweets, more water, no fizzy juice, and multivitamins ahoy. It's working reasonably well, my sleep is settling down and I'm more aware of issues with my blood sugar level. I just need to up my exercise amounts to go along with the new regime.
Last but not least, I'm playing the free horror game Ib. I wasn't convinced an 8-bit game but be creepy, but I've jumped out of my seat a few times. It's a great little game.
I've also been asking my friends what messes these seamonsters-in-human-form could get into as they run around the British coastline. Some of my favorite suggestions: getting angry at chavs in the cities, taking a dive to some underwater wrecks, visiting the Giant's Causeway...
Thanks to a spree of bad health I'm not sure I'm going to be able to meet my Camp NaNo deadline -- I've just passed 15k and my target was 30k by the 30th March.
But hey, progress is progress, so I don't feel too bad about it. Now, I'm off back to work, but before I go -- how's it going? What are you writing? Is it going well or are you running into problems?
Sound off in the comments. I look forward to hearing what everyone's up to. :)
On Tuesday I posted some sketches of Evan, the antagonist to my giant robots WIP. (Currently paused while I work on LEVIATHAN RISES for Camp NaNo.)
Today it's time to show a few sketches of the protagonist, Anna, a Scottish lass with minor sleeping problems and major monster problems.
(That red thing she's holding is a screwdriver. I know. I'm sorry. Who knew I could mess up drawing a screwdriver so badly?)
Here are some facts about Anna:
a) She loves those fruit 'infusion' teas you see in supermarkets.
b) Before going for a night out, while the other engineers are getting their makeup on, she likes to plan out what she's got to-hand for self-defence if the night turns sour.
c) Evan really should've picked someone else to mess with.
Hey, look, it's this jerk again. I have a lot of fun drawing him because all I have to do is try and make him look like as much of a prick as humanly possible. It's fun.
There are parts of this image I hate and parts I really like, but all in all I think I'm happy with the end result. A few of the expressions are very obviously inspired by digital artists HamletMachine and Pragmaticinsanity.
I mentioned in my last post that he was both insane and also a cannibal, but here are some brand new facts about Evan:
a) His fashion sense is terrible.
b) This is because he keeps stealing clothes from dead people.
All my friends are
metalheads amazing writers, working hard and getting their stories published like the superstars they are!
There's been a lot of well-deserved successes in my circle of friends lately, so this post is me raising a glass to them and sharing some writers and anthologies you should be looking out for.
And if I've missed something, drop me a comment below with your exciting news.
K.C. and Rob are in the Fox Spirit "Piracy" anthology
Two of my friends and fellow Inkbots, K.C. and Rob, have stories in the upcoming 'Piracy' anthology by Fox Spirit. The accepted stories were announced here, and Fox Spirit owner Adele says "I’m really excited about this series and we have great stories taking piracy from a child’s mind, to the high seas and straight onto mind jacking. We have strange beasts and the penalty for stealing dreams."
It's part of the Fox Pockets series I mentioned yesterday, a series of reasonably priced pocket-sized books containing around a dozen short stories.
K.C.Shaw's story is "Skyway", starring two lady airship pirates in a fascinating steampunk universe. It's guaranteed to be awesome and I can't wait to read it.
Rob Haines' story is "Pieces of 2^3" swings more in the sci-fi direction, putting an exciting new spin on digital piracy.
It looks like there will be many more talented writers involved as well. I'm looking forward to buying this anthology!
Rob is being published in the "Tales of Eve" anthology
Rob Haines and K.C. are both insanely productive writers, putting my own workflow to shame. Have you seen all the books on K.C.'s site? They all sound amazing! Plus she's got a short story up on Daily Science Fiction.
Editor Mhairi said Rob's story made her cry, so no doubt I'll be blubbing as well.
Take a look at that cover! It's gorgeous, isn't it?
John Dixon's TV Pilot is looking awesome
The TV Pilot for INTELLIGENCE, based on John's upcoming YA thriller PHOENIX ISLAND, is going well.
Erika's ready for the end of the world
Erika Beebe is now officially a published author, with her short story coming out from J. Taylor Publishing later this year. J.Taylor create some fantastic covers and I'm sure this anthology will have a great one too -- I'll share the cover for One More Day, and a short summaries for her story, on May 13, 2013.
PRESS RELEASE: J. Taylor Publishing Signs Seven Authors To One More Day, A YA Anthology To Release December 2, 2013
Six authors to be featured with L.S. Murphy in Young Adult Anthology, One More Day, from J. Taylor Publishing.
J. Taylor Publishing will release One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme.
The anthology’s theme, centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen, produced dozens of entries with seven stories selected. “We asked authors to think on a prompt, particularly what happens as characters feel the stop, feel the shift, as they realize, only they know how to make everything go back to normal,” says J. Taylor Publishing.
With a singular theme, one might expect all stories to be “the same”, but in One More Day, the challenge to create something completely unique was met by all authors. From contemporary to paranormal, fantasy to comedy and mixes of multiple genres, each of the seven stories represents the author’s interpretation and method of ensuring the world doesn’t end—somehow, someway.
About Erika Beebe
Inspired by her first grade teacher's belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.
Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.
Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.