April 17, 2012
Projects Report: Halfway Through April and a Manuscript
For this week's Tuesday post I thought I would give you all an update on the progress I am making on my various projects. I will start with the biggest piece of information: I am halfway through the manuscript for my paranormal middle grade novel (aimed at kids about 9 to 11 years old). The title of the book is being held back still, but I will say the people I have told it to (as well as a short snippet of what the book is about) comment on how original it is. Trust me, this one is worth the wait. I fully expect to have a finished product in front of readers at least by early fall, just in time for Halloween.
As part of the middle grade book, and at the encouragement of some people close to me, I will be brushing off my artist's sketch book and drawing the cover myself. Bold, I know, but I used to draw quite a bit. Here are some samples of things I drew a long time ago (hopefully I am still this good):
I am still working on my movie script adaptation of Wounded Fox, but I am not entirely sure when that will be done. The middle grade book has most definitely won out in the priority pool, and I am bound and determined to make sure it sees the light of day as soon as possible.
The Devil's Nightmare is currently on hold as it sits in my mind. As I stated before, something just doesn't seem right with the story, and so it sits with a completed rough draft but nothing more. Perhaps I will figure things out in the not too-distant future.
I am also hoping to have at least one more Shades of Night ready to go no later than Halloween time this year. I actually have a whole pipeline of stories set up for the Shades of Night series--I just need the time to write them all. I also have several more ideas for books, both for adults and middle grade, that I will begin work on in the not too horribly distant future.