5,277 words as of 6/28!
12,392 words as of 7/2.
26,668 words as of 7/11. Here’s an excerpt:
The crackling of the fire sounded very loud in the silence that followed this declaration. Kip’s self-assurance weakened, but against the certainty and authority of these men, he reminded himself, he should set all the masters of the College as well as the might of the Empire. Next to such institutions, the crusade to overturn them took on a quixotic air.
Here’s an excerpt from near the end of what I have now:
Here’s the beginning of my QDSF story, “Two By Two”:
I stared at the words; he saw my reaction and added, If we want them?
“Yeah,” I said, and then looked away under the weight of all the other things we couldn’t air out on this crowded bus.
I write mostly fantasy and contemporary fantasy with a focus on personal relationships. I like including animal themes (under a pseudonym I write furry fiction as well) and exploring non-traditional relationships.
“Two By Two,” in Lightspeed Magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction
“The Lovely Duckling,” in Kaleidoscope
“Chasing the Spotlight,” ROAR Volume 4 (Coyotl Award Winner)
“Erzulie Dantor,” Apex Magazine
Common and Precious, Sofawolf Press
A few years back, I worked on a novel draft called The Tower and the Fox (since renamed The White Tower), and while that book looks for a publisher, I’m getting to work on the sequel.
Tentatively titled Demons Within and Without, it follows Kip, our fox-person protagonist, through his time at Prince Philip’s College of Sorcery in 1815, as talk of rebellion heats up through the American colonies. Kip’s people, called Calatians because they were created by a sorcerer named Calatus back in the early 1400s, are a tolerated underclass and none has been a sorcerer before, but Kip’s obvious talent and the desperate need of the college have brokered an arrangement. Now an apprentice, Kip still strives to be taken seriously as a sorcerer. His mastery of fire is a blessing and a curse; it’s a rare talent, but also one he must wield with great caution, because the headmaster is itching for any excuse to expel him. The fire of rebellion is similarly dangerous as it spreads through the college, and the enticement that a free American government might treat Kip’s people better puts the fox in a serious dilemma: support the Crown and be loyal to his profession, or support the rebels and be loyal to his people? Throw in Kip’s friends with their own troubles (including an otter-Calatian, an Irishman, and the first female apprentice), a mysterious attack on the college that the sorcerers haven’t yet found the source of, a voice that speaks to Kip from the walls of the tower, a ghostlike apprentice who lives in the orchard, and Kip will have plenty to keep him busy at school.
As you can tell, the second book is mostly ideas. I’m attending a workshop at KU’s Center for the Study of Science Fiction during the last two weeks of June, during which I hope to get the plot hammered out better. Following that, I’d like to get 40,000 words done on the manuscript by the end of the Write-A-Thon period.
I’d love to raise a thousand dollars for the Write-A-Thon!