Heart of Gold will have a sequel

My steampunk novel, Heart of Gold, is complete. It only awaits the final revisions before sending off. But for a further gift, a sequel has explained itself to me as well! I have begun work on Spark, the second in the series. So should I have a series title as well as a title for each novel? Does that make the book cover more cumbersome, or the series easier to remember? Should the series title be long, as in ‘Tales From the Widowmaker Fleet’… medium, as in ‘Widowmaker Fleet’… or short, just ‘Widowmaker’? What do you think?

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Steampunk Tale

It took me a surprisingly long time to finish it, but the steampunk story I intend to offer to Lyrical is finally done. It’s a steampunk adventure, with pirates and romantic elements.

It’s going through my critique group now, and my own revision process, and will be offered to them soon! Stay tuned!

You Need to Read This! (Another Review)

Hey, Fear and Desire got another good review, this time from You Gotta Read Reviews. The reviewer had something in common with my main character! Come see what it was.

In Other News…

Two posts on the same day, whodathunkit? But I wanted to let you know that my local critique group has now got its own website!

It’s a face to face critique group, with the basic format of putting our work on a private online group, then critiquing and meeting in person to discuss, and also to work in one another’s company. We read and write fantasy, science fiction and any other type of fiction. And even if you just like to read and critique, you’re welcome to come! The rest of the information is on the website: http://www.denverfictionwriters.com

We aren’t all about the erotica, that’s for sure, but there are some who are willing to write and read it. So if you’re local to Denver and have been doing it in the closet (pun very much intended) give us a try if you need critiques and career support.

Two Things…

There are two things you need to do FIRST.

Before you worry about how good you are, what genre you’re in, how marketable your work is, how to improve it, or whether it’s too derivative. While you’re still writing fan fiction. Before you get out of being too shy to show it. Before you take a single class, read a single how-to book, make a single revision note, before you even check your spelling.

Before you call yourself a writer at all, even within your secret heart.

First, be a reader. For pleasure, in your own time, for the joy of it.

Second, write things that you finish. FINISH. Short, long or otherwise, bring your stories to a conclusion at least three times (to show you consistently can) before you take any other steps along this career path.

If you do those two things, you are already halfway there. Already head and shoulders over most people who call themselves writers.

If you don’t do those two things, you aren’t anywhere.

New Ideas

It’s been just about exactly a month since I finished “Disform.” During that time I’ve done some revision, although more awaits the rest of its critiquing, and I’ve tried and tried to come up with a sequel. I have several ideas for it, but they have failed to come together.

However, a new story has recommended itself to me. It’s a fantasy tale, with strong romantic elements, about the hidden secrets in a woman’s bloodline, the nature of tiny mountain towns, and what happens when life imitates art. It’s called Pocket Gods. Or maybe The Winter People. I’m not sure which yet.

I’m not allowing myself to start the actual text until I have a synopsis of the full story; this is to avoid three-quarter wall syndrome, which is what happens if I start without some idea of what happens through till the end. I have done this many times, and what tends to happen is that three quarters of the way through, I no longer have any idea of what needs to happen, and I get stuck. Frequently that’s when I decide the whole project was a mistake and the writing is terrible and I should scrap the lot. (Apparently this happens to many writers who are published and have a great career, also.)

So, to avoid that problem, I am writing a full synopsis. I might not follow it, but at least it’s somewhere to go if I get stuck. It worked with Disform, so we’ll see how it goes here.

I’ll post an excerpt when I have it. 🙂

Local Writer’s Group

I’m starting a local, face to face critique group in my area, the Denver, Colorado area. It’s going to have a format of a closed Yahoo group, wherein we will post our files to be critiqued; then bring written critique to the next meeting. That way we don’t have to print out lots of pages, just the critiques, and can take our time to read them over and think about them.

Meetings will probably be weekly, with no requirement to attend every time, and there will be some workshopping, at least in writing good critiques, possibly in other areas both about the craft and the business of writing.

This critique-workshop situation is being set up for those wishing to make a committment to career writing; in other words, they want to get published and keep improving, and keep writing after first publication to further their career. There are at least two published authors in the group. There will be a small weekly word count requirement, which can be taken out in critiques or in fiction output, so if there are those interested in critiquing and learning about writing, but are not yet working on a piece, they can still make a valuable contribution.

If you’re local to Denver and are interested in joining up, please email me at asherose at earthlink dot net. We’d love to see you there!

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