Saturday, July 29, 2017

What's happening at Ian Wood's Novels? The usual - write Write! WRITE!

This is the sister website to Ian Wood's Novellum, my book review blog, and is the place to come for updates on my novels, for rambling about writing them, for sneak peaks and sample chapters, and for free downloads (when I get organized to set this up, which I hope to do next week over Thanksgiving).

It's perennially under construction here because frankly, I'm more focused on writing than creating fancy websites, so there will always be something new and I'm less focused on maintaining this than I am on writing. I'm entering a bit of a breathing space right where I can devote a little more time to getting this off the ground.

Please click on the gray 'stories' and 'novels' labels at upper right, to find out more about specific books that I've published.

So what am I working on now? (and why am I asking you?!)

I have too many novels in progress at one lowly stage or another at the moment (for certain constrained definitions of 'in progress' and 'at the moment'...and 'lowly stage'). The most advanced (for certain constrained definitions of 'advanced') of these are:

  • With Merde on the Orient Express finally published (and slightly late I'm sorry to report), there now remain only a Star Trek parody to complete, to complement last year's Star Wars parody, which I hope to have out by Xmas
  • There's also a potential Christmas edition of The Very Amiable Rattuses which I hope to have done by Xmas, too, but we'll see.
  • Those are the last two things I shall do for 2017, but I have a score of ideas I'm tossing around like salad for publication next year - assuming I can get them written! One of these is Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped re-written for the modern age.
  • Talking of ripping-off antique writers, I also have another idea for a variation on Jane Austen's First Impressions (yes, you have to be an Austen buff to know which novel that refers to!). I think both of these will get done in 2018, but we'll see.
  • Another is my wish to bring up to date an old first draft of a novel set in England about a serial killer.
  • The same applies to my first draft of a sci-fi novel about aliens and Earth. Could I be more vague? Well...I'd have to say the dimensions of that premise are not fully known, and less so in some directions than in others.
  • There is a possible pair of novels - not sequels but set in the same world and very loosely connected (like Femarine and Nature of the Beast) - about magic. I have ideas for both novels, but have written nothing of the other and very little of the one (maybe 6k so far).
  • Another possible pair of novels, more closely connected, are about a detective and her twin sister. I have begun work on the first chapter of both of these!
  • A whole host (yes, because anything less would be a ho-ho) of other projects which may or may not ever come to fruition including a Jane Austen-flavored story I've been thinking about, based on the youngest Woodhouse child (that ought to be an easier clue to solve), I may or may not, but it's looking more likely the more I think about it.
  • I have an idea for writing a novel about novel writing! How convoluted is that? I like the idea though, and I'll probably explore that in 2018.
  • Another one I feel enthusiastic about is a novel similar to the middle-grade Cloud Fighters but set in a different milieu, so it will not be a sequel.
  • One more thing I think I will do in 2018 is a third novel set in Temmeland, the locale for Femarine. I've been thinking about this more and more and I'm becoming ever more enamored of it because I'm falling in love with the main two characters, and that;s where it starts. Nothing is written yet, but I have the basic opening portion mapped out in my mind, which will be about a third of the novel. After that, I shall wing it as I typically do, and let the characters tell me where to go rather than the other way around. It's more fun that way. I know the beginning very well, and I know the ending I want, so it's just a matter of getting from the one to the other! Easy-peasey, right?!
  • Finally I have an idea for a novel which will be a bit like a parody of chick lit, but not quite and certainly not like my other parodies; it will be more like Rumped! than like my parodies, but it will also be written in a more serious vein - because that's where my ink comes from: right out of my veins! Maybe I will aim this one at Xmas 2018. Maybe I'll do an annual (or even anal) parody each Xmas, who knows?!

The first two of The Little Rattuses children's picture book series (The Very Amiable Rattuses and The Very Blood-Curdling Rattuses (for Halloween) are completed and now available for purchase, unfortunately on Amazon, but I will work on moving them to B&N as time permits. I no longer publish on Smashwords since they pissed me off one time too many. Maybe I shall explore Kobo this coming year, too. Anything to get away from the Amazon corporate juggernaut.

Now I have to get back to writing! Writing! Writing! Alvays vith ze writing! Oh god, he's gone all central European on us. Now we'll never get him back....