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 some time! I keep saying this, I know, but I have been far too focused on actually writing things to do much promotion! 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.

I guess the big news since I last posted here (which was inexcusably long ago), is that my books will no longer be available on Amazon, I've ceased all publication and withdrawn all of my books from there because frankly, they're jerks! The last book I submitted there for publication had my name 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. That was the end of it for me.

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 I hope to publish them on Google Play soon, and also on (don't tell!) Lulu.

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 these are:

  • I have a score of ideas I'm tossing around like Valentine's candy for publication in 2018! The first of these was already released in January, and was Bar Trek, a Star Trek parody. I had to get that out of my system before I could move on to something else.
  • That something else is a Valentine's edition of The Little Rattuses (who are even now napping downstairs as I write this!). The story is titled The Very Detective Rattuses, in which Louise and Thelma solve a mystery, and that book is almost finished.
  • Coming out hopefully in March I will have another middle-grade novel set in the rather magical and young female-empowering Terrene world - in which last year's Cloudfighters was set. This is a stand-alone and features a different cast. It's set in Australia, and shows off different powers than the girls in Cloudfighters exhibited.
  • I envision at least one more in the Terrene World story set. The third will feature middle-grade boys for a change. Yes - the world is evolving and expanding, just like real life! I have nothing put together on this story yet except a general idea of what it will involve. It will, I promise you strongly argue for the environment, as all these novels do. Because this is just in the concept stage, I can't even guess when it might be out, but I can promise you that you will see it here first!
  • I'm still toying with the idea of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped re-written for the modern age, but I have no' yet poot doon anything on paper yet, Laddies and Lassies! I do have a good story idea though.
  • I am still aiming to do 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 this and the Kidnapped stories 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 that I wrote years ago. I think this will be 2018 too now I've figured out a relatively pain-free way to get it from hand-written to editable electronic form..
  • 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 still 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 and relationships. I have ideas for both novels, but I've 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.
  • One more thing I think I will do in 2018 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. 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 and makes for a better novel. Besides, my characters resent me if I try to tell them what to do. 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?!

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