A YA novella… with werewolves!

I’m thrilled to be able to share some good news since this week has been pretty terrible for a lot of people. My novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, has been picked up for Radiant Crown Publishing’s Legion imprint!

Commence the happy dancing!

Not only will it be available in ebook and eventually print formats, but it will also be published as an audiobook.

I’m really loving how much RCP is letting me involved in the process too. It’s been a real treat to work with them so far, and I’m looking forward to moving forward! This will be the first book that will be published in print and only have my name on it. This will be the first book that will be on audio!

Okay, I’m done flailing – for now! Don’t worry, I’ll post more updates as I go, including a cover reveal soon. 😉

Curse of Beauty Now Available!

It’s the beginning of May. Do you know what that means?

The end of spring semester for many exhausted college students?
Yep!

It’s time for convention season to go into full swing?
Quite possibly.

The new Game of Thrones season came out, filling up my Facebook feed and tempting me with spoilers I’m trying desperately to avoid?
Oh yes!

You know what else it means? It means my story, Curse of Beauty, is now available on Heroic Fantasy Quarterly! It’s been included in their 28th issue and even features some beautiful artwork from Kat Scarber.

All of these stories are free to read, so why not drop by and take a look?

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly – Q28

If you enjoy them, please share them around! Make an artist’s day! 🙂

How Far We’ve Gone

The first draft of this novel was written back in April 2013 during Camp NaNoWriMo. After a few months of letting it sit and then doing a re-read I realized how the entire thing had to be scrapped and re-written. That’s a pretty tough decision to make, but I realized too how much planning would be needed to write the story that I wanted to write.

I took months to plan. I read through the old draft and made notes about ideas on what I wanted to change, characters I might add, plot arcs that should be changed, themes I could pick up on. From these notes I made a detailed outline, at least for 2/3 of the story. The last section I wasn’t entirely pleased with, but I thought I might have a better idea of what to do with it once I finished the next draft. I knew how I wanted to end it, I just wasn’t sure how to get from the midpoint to the end. Sure enough, while I was writing this next draft it came to me around 5:00 or so in the morning during my pre-work writing time. I grabbed a notebook and sketched out the back and forth perspectives all the way to the end. I’ve been using that as my guide for these past few weeks as I grappled with the ending and what was going to happen to certain characters & plotlines. Is it set in stone now? Of course not, but it’s a scaffolding I’m happy with.

This being a second draft, there’s going to be a ton of cutting later on. Several scenes I wrote knowing that I wasn’t going to keep them in the published version, so this is way longer than it will be after a visit to the cutting floor. Of course other scenes will likely need more detail, cause I’m bad about that. Still though, this draft is FINISHED. Time to put it on the back-burner and turn my attention to other writing projects!

 

Here’s the progress on my YA other-world fantasy novel about urban explorer Shaleigh Mallett who is whisked away to the Land of the Fae. Along the way she encounters living statues, friendly minotaurs, and a backstabbing ruler. When she gets tangled up in a love story that can’t possibly end well, Shaleigh finds herself forced to make a difficult choice that could change the future of this new land, and prevent her from ever getting home.

Project: Madam Cloom’s Garden
FINAL Word Count: 108,151
New Words Written:
12/2/14 – 143
1/27/15 – 321
1/28 – 512
1/29 – 872
2/1 – 386
2/3 – 1,279
2/5 – 1,827

Commentary: Ending it on an adrenaline-pumping note. Some questions are answered, some closure is found, but the journey is hardly over.

Watch out for Werewolves

The nights are getting longer, the temperature is dropping, and the air is crisp with dying leaves. That means Halloween is right around the corner, and you can bet I’ve been busy. Between craziness at work and throwing our annual Halloween bash last weekend, I’m afraid I’ve had little time for blogging. To make up for my prolonged departure, I thought I’d bring a few fun horrific, Halloween themed videos that have certainly give me a good laugh.

First we have a music video posted by a friend’s favorite band. It’s gory, it’s over the top, and it’s got a werewolf in it. What’s not to love? Plus the song is quite catchy!

 

Next up we have a video that you’ll probably be sharing with your friends, a Rob Cantor song performed with an ensemble, a chorus, and amazing dancers. Just don’t be turned away by the title.

 

Finally here’s a performance test for the creature in Mama, which I’m told is ten times more frightening here than it actually was in the film. I can’t really say since I haven’t seen it, but I don’t recommend watching this in the dark.

 

On the writing front, I’ve been working on getting a werewolf novella completed. The goal is to have it done by the end of the month so I can focus my time in November on Nanowrimo. I’m going to use it as an excuse to get the second draft of my YA Fantasy novel completed.

Anyway here’s the progress my dystopian YA werewolf novella featuring Mercy, who works with her father to trap werewolves, a mill that relies on cheap werewolf labor, and a crazy inventor with metallic arms. A simple werewolf capture leads to a violent escape, and suddenly the werewolves in the forest are the least of Mercy’s worries.

Project: Survive for me
Current Word Count: 16,389
Word Count Goal: 20,000

Tough Love from Rebecca T. Dickson

I’m really tempted to get the poster of this. So much of this is just on point!

• Write for yourself. Failing that, write for one person.

• Listening to ten other people means ten extra people in your head when you write.

• That will fuck you up faster than a Sarah Palin gaffe.

 

Rebecca T Dickson | Crap someone should have told you writers by now.