Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Today is the day for the Creativity Challenge offering (see the challenge prompts over there to the right), but since it is also WIP Wednesday, I'll post my scene on Friday (it'll be cold, dark, and wet with just a hint of magic, you'll want to check it out).

WIP. Or WIPs (or should that be WsIP?). Either way, I've got more than one. Here's where they stand.

My middle grade mystery, Trifocal, is over the half-way point. To celebrate (and keep me on task), I've put a counter up to track my progress. Let's hope that blue bar grows on a daily basis. My goal is to finish it by the end of this month. We shall see how that plays out, but I'll be traveling a lot in October and won't get any writing done then. Good motivation, at any rate.

I decided 40,000 words was a reasonable goal for Trifocal, and I was thrilled to discover that it fits well within current publishing word counts. See this great article by Colleen Lindsay on genre and word count. I had been thinking 50,000 words would be better, but that turns out to be a bit long for middle grade.

I sent off a magazine article last week, have another in the envelope waiting to head for the Post Office today, and I'm putting together a query for a third. I've done my research and these all fall under "current needs" at their respective magazines, so let's hope the editors like them.

I wrote a new non-fiction picture book about migrating trees. Yep, they migrate. They're just slow. I'll have that off to my critique group at the start of October.

Revisions for my middle grade fantasy are on hold for the moment, in light of everything else I'm trying to do. Whew! I didn't feel as though I was making any progress, but now I do. =)

How are you projects going?


  1. Oh I can't wait to read the story about the migrating trees. How cool! But then, your pieces already are.

    You're pretty up to speed with my progress. Basically, I can't wait to get Foodoo out on sub so I can work on my other pieces. I'm ready to spend some time away from it - lol!

    Good luck with your submissions!

  2. Thanks Julie, I'm glad you think so. =)

    Sending you lots of luck for your pitch session. Foodoo's great!

  3. Wow, I'm impressed with how much you are doing. That's great! Migrating trees sounds particularly interesting :)

  4. Thanks Lynda! I'm glad the migrating trees topic is of interest, since that's also the topic of my article query. I just submitted it, so fingers crossed! :)