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 that is - and that's taking a while. My New Year's resolution was to improve on that. It's long overdue, and I'm sorry, but I'm all about writing while I can write! When I'm on a roll I just want to write (or in the case of the children's Little Rattuses series, create), and the hell with anything else. That's what it's all about after all, isn't it?

My books are no longer on Amazon. I've ceased all publication and withdrawn all of my books from there because frankly they're jerks, and Amazon is way too big and powerful. The last book I submitted there for publication had my name as the author changed by Amazon without any consultation with me, and for no other reason than that the people in charge there are quite evidently morons. I wrote and complained, but my complaint was ignored. Barnes and Noble is equally unresponsive, but at least they don't mangle your novel when they convert it!

That was the end of the relationship for me, and I don't care if it does cost me sales, Amazon can go to hell. I will never offer another book for sale on Amazon, and I sincerely hope my estate when I am gone will respect these wishes. The books are available on Barnes & Noble and becoming available on Kobo, Google, and iBooks.

I have 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 the upcoming books are these:

  • The Little Rattuses™ is the only series I will ever write, and the next volume - a bumper double-issue - The Very Inquisitive Rattuses, is pretty much complete save for a couple of tweaks, so I hope to publish it this weekend. It's about endangered species in particular and also about how humans ruin wildlife habitats in general, and it's also about safety, so it deserves a bit more than the usual 26 pages. Plus I think I'm going to go back and add some images to The Very Fine-Art Rattuses and turn that into a fully-fledged double volume, too. It very nearly is one already!
  • I was working on a collection of short stories, but having completed two of them, I put that on the back burner to finish this new one I thought up, which also borrows from a much older story, but twists it around just like the short stories (all around a common theme) will do. I'I have the novel finished and I am hoping to get the cover finished tomorrow so this can be published this weekend too.
  • I envision at least two more novels in the Terrene World™ collection, in which Cloud Fighters and Seahorses are both set. The third story will feature largely middle-grade boys for a change and will be set in the Middle East, the fourth will, for the first time, be set in the USA and feature both genders. Yes - the world is evolving and expanding, just like real life! I have nothing put together on these new stories yet except a general idea of what they will involve. They will, I promise you, strongly argue for the environment, as all these novels do. Because these two are just in the concept stage, I can't even guess when they might be out. I'll write them when I feel them, but I can promise you that you will see the news here first! I also have an idea for a more mature novel featuring two characters from Seahorses when they go off to uni! It will not be the same as the middle grade novels, be warned. I'm excited about it, but that's some way down the pike (or is it a keyboard?) at the moment.
  • I'm still aiming to do an updated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped re-written for the modern age, but I have no' yet put doon anything on paper, Ladies and Laddies! I do have a good story idea though.
  • I'm still planning a variation on Jane Austen's First Impressions (yes, you have to be an Austen buff to know which novel that refers to!). I was thinking that both this and the Kidnapped stories would get done in 2018, but it didn't happen, so maybe this year. Too many ideas, too little time!
  • Another such plan is my wish to bring up-to-date an old first draft of a novel set in England about a serial killer that I wrote years ago. Work on this one has begun with four chapters in hand in first draft form. This will be released in 2019.
  • I have this idea for writing a novel about novel writing! How convoluted is that? This is now on the cards for at least starting this year (2019), but has been nudged back a little as two other projects have stepped up. I gotta write where my inspiration takes me! I have two short stories written for the one project which will be a book of short stories around one theme, and I have twenty pages of the other written, which will be a genre mashup. On top of that, I'm thinking about an original Christmas novel for 2019, and there's no better time to write one of those than in winter which for we northern hemisphereans, is right now! The theme of this is going to be environmental too, because there is nothing more important than that.
  • I had this great idea for a novel about Ancient Egyptian Queen and Pharaoh, Nefertiti. After writing Cleoprankster, I can't get Egypt out of my head! Actually, while we can blame Cleo for a lot, we can't blame her for that! It was there before Cleo. It was in my mind when I wrote Tears in Time. I do know it won't get started on that in the next few months because I have too much else going on right now. I'm still thinking about it lots though, which is a bad sign. I really miss Cleo and Istnofret!
  • There is a pair of novels I have in mind, closely-connected, about a detective and her twin sister. I have begun work on the opening chapters of both of these, but done little with them recently, so again, 2019 or later!
  • 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 Bennet 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. Again maybe later than 2019.
  • One more thing I've been half-way planning is a third novel set in Temmeland™, the locale for Femarine and Nature of the Beast. 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, right? Love 'em or leave 'em! 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, but I have a general plot laid out. It's more fun for me to work way and it certainly makes for a better novel. Besides, my characters resent me if I try to run their lives. I know the beginning very well, and I know the ending I want, so it's just a matter of getting from hey to been there, done that! It'll be a fun journey.
  • I have an embryonic idea for a fourth Temmeland™ novel, this one female-centric involving a character mentioned in Nature of the Beast, but there's nothing moving on that yet. It has to move me before I can start moving it!
  • I also 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!: a satire rather than a parody, 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 2019, too. 2019 is sure going to be busy isn't it? But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now I have to get back to writing! Writing! Writing! Keep your pencil up!