Monday, April 30, 2007

Fantasy Writing not Writing Fantasy

So, if you could be working on any writing project at all right at this moment, what would it be? Disregard deadlines, marketability, contracts, career outlook--just think about what you'd be writing if no one was looking over your shoulder. Okay, got that? Now why is that what you really want to write? If it's not what you're writing, why isn't it?

Me, The Eye of Horus, book II of The Black School. Because I really want to know how it goes. I know what happens in a big overview kind of way, but one of the things I love most about writing is filling in the gritty details and the Black School is full of gritty details. Why am I writing something else? Because WebMage III is under contract and I have a deadline. Which is not to say that I don't enjoy writing WebMage III, just that I really love the Black School, in part because there's more that I don't know there.

Your turn.


Erik Buchanan said...

Right now, there's a nineteenth century novel I was adapting to the stage that I'd really like to sink my teeth back into.

I had three drafts done and was going to do one more before starting to workshop it when I got the day job and had to start editing Small Magics for publication, which meant I had to put it away.

But that's what I'd like to start working on right now.

(BTW, I've got cover art now! Check it out Small Magics on Amazon to see it. Very cool)

lydamorehouse said...

Anything science fiction.

Kelly McCullough said...

Erik, the cover's great. Congratulations

Lyda, do you want to expand on that? You don't have to, of course, but I'm curious if you have anything in specific in mind.

Douglas Hulick said...

I have two: short and long form.

Short form: A fantasy noir piece that has been kicking around in my head for the past few months.

Long form: Alternate history set in Istanbul/Constantinople 40 or so years after the fall of the Byzantine Empire.

Why am I not writing them? Deadlines on the current revisions. When I get that done, I am hoping to work on some short pieces over the summer. As for the alt. history, I need to do more homework about the history and culture and legal system of that era, and just haven't had the time to dig into it.

Kelly Swails said...

Since right now I have the luxury of writing whatever the heck I want, here's what's on the horizon:

Finish the contemporary YA novel and get it out circulating to agents.

I've thought about looking over my old sword-and-sorcery trilogy and polishing/condensing/improving it down to one long book. Then again with the agent bit. That could take a month or so.

Then after that I'd like to try my hands at an adult sci-fi/thriller. I have an idea bouncing around my head about AI implants that cure autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimers, that sort of thing. These implant would also cure sociopaths. What would happen if those chips got a virus all at once? Hmmmm. That could take me through the end of the year.

Douglas Hulick said...

Heck, Kelly, just the moral and ethical implications of "curing" some of those conditions with AI could take up a book alone. :) I know that some people with autism spectrum disorders don't want to be "cured", so that an interesting angle on its own. That might give you an interesting sub-set of non-participants to use to help tackle the virus, seeing as how they would both be familiar with one of the untreated conditions and be unaffected by the virus themselves.

Kelly Swails said...

Doug: yeah, exactly! I have an opening scene pictured in my head: an Important Scientist or the Head of the Major Company announces the Wonder Chip amid pickets, riots, and cheers. Of course, some don't want to be cured...but some do. And of course the Major Company makes lots of money. All sorts of moral, ethical, financial, and motive questions here. And of course, whoever created the virus that freaks out the AI chips has a motive all his own. I'm going to need to do a major outline and lots of research before I can even think about writing any scenes.

So, yeah, that'll take me through the end of the year. :)

Stephanie Zvan said...

Sigh. Just now, I'd like to be writing anything that isn't "none of this data makes any sense in the context of this other data here. This part needs to be fixed first, then this, and this over here can wait as far as we're concerned, but I thought you might want to know about it."


Kelly McCullough said...

Y, cool stuff.

Steph, that sounds awfully blechy--what you're writing now, as opposed to the proposed escape hatch of virtually anything.