AROW80 Check-in for November 27, 2013

Introduction, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo: (cheesy, I know but does it help that I did see both Breakin’ movies in the theater back in the day?)

I bit the bullet and switched over to a WordPress blog because for one thing, it seems to be the most popular option among folks in the challenge and for another, it looks like a better way to get feedback than Tumblr.  I’ll probably get around to deleting the Tumblr blog I started eventually. But if it’s still there in 2016, don’t be surprised.

So, since this is kinda/sorta a fresh start, I’m going to introduce myself again.  My name is Kathy, I’m 43 years old, I work in a call center and I’ve been writing off and on since I was 17 but making up stories and worlds and assorted oddness since I was little. I can still remember being about five years old and talking to myself before I went to sleep and having to stop when my mom would come to bed — and then there was that magical day I realized that I could keep talking to myself when she came to sleep if I just started talking to myself inside my own head. Mind. Blown.

I also owe my cousin Kate a debt of gratitude for getting tired of me, at 12, saying “One day, I’m going to write a story about…*insert blathering about characters and situations*” and telling me, “Why don’t you DO IT THEN?!” with all the wisdom of her then-ten year old self. Thanks Kate! You are the reason I now know that it’s possible to make a notebook go football shaped if you insert enough Post-it notes into it!

My current project is the fourth book in what will eventually be a five book series.  It started off as the first book in the series but somehow has managed to morph into the fourth book.  Has anybody else ever had this happen?  Because it’s freaking me out a little bit that once I finish this book I need to write three more to get caught up. Though, I at least have a better idea of what’s going to happen in those books and most of the heavy lifting as far as worldbuilding has been done so it’ll be easier to slip into those worlds and only do the research that will be specific to their plots.

The working title for my current project is Defcon: Fade Out.  I outlined what it was about in my first check-in, so I’m going to reproduce that here:

 For the past few years, I’ve been working on a novel series set in a world where, in 1983, a nuclear war was accidentally sparked by a massive asteroid strike in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the former Soviet Union. The series takes place at various points in time after the nuclear war and follows a group of characters through the slow process of recovery. The general idea behind the series was to create a world that harkened back to the spirit of the old post-apocalyptic men’s adventure novels of the 1980s that I used to read and enjoy when I was a kid — but without the racism, sexism and other massive amounts of fail that make me cringe upon rereading them as an adult.

This project is a chance for me to write the kind of books I wish (now) that I could have read back then and also a chance for me to play around with my own love-hate nostalgia for the 1980s and the Cold War.

What I’m Thankful For, As a Writer, This Year:

  •  A girlfriend who supports me, even when I’m not so supportive of myself
  • Pilot G-2 pens and all the various colors they come in. Also graph paper notebooks.
  • Having finally struck upon a writing system that seems to work well for me and that provides both structure and flexibility.  And the necessity of multi-colored sticky notes
  • Multi-colored sticky notes. Also, graph paper sticky notes.
  • Pretty much graph paper anything. For some reason, it is extremely fun to write on.
  • That Stanislav Petrov was at work on September 26, 1983.

Goals For This Go-Round: Right now, these are pretty much all writing-related.

  •  Finish Defcon: Fade Out in its entirety from beginning to end.  What I have so far is essentially a very patchy collection of scenes that need to be tied together.  So, I’m currently trying to write the book out in order, following an outline and patching the scenes I have together with scenes I’m writing.  So far, I’m at five chapters written and have just started on chapter six!  And I’m averaging about a chapter a week so, yay!
  • Keep track of the plot holes and research questions that have popped up while I’m writing and do whatever research/plotting work necessary to turn this book into what I want it to be.
  • Put some (more) work into detailing the plots for the first three books, since they have an impact on the events in Defcon: Fade Out.
  • Put some work into figuring out ideas for the three other projects that have been on the back burner/recently come up thanks to some weird dreams.  These include:
    • A book about 3rd shift vampire hunters — they work 3rd shift as vampire hunters, rather than hunting vampires who are 3rd shifters.  This one, much like my current project, is in a state of being patchily written and needs something of an overhaul.
    • A story about a Reverse Batman-type character — his parents were supervillains in the 1960 who were killed by a rogue hero and because of this, he now works as a private detective doing things like keeping superheroes accountable and such.  He’s also the guy you call when you want to serve divorce papers on The Thing. This might end up as a series of short stories.  I’ve got a few scenes written and some supporting characters in mind.
    • A story about a scruffy space pirate-type guy who helps fight Cthulu-like aliens and who annoys the other space pirates by flaunting one of the basic rules of their society.  This one plays on my enjoyment of classic space opera-style SF like C.L. Moore’s Northwest Smith stories, Edmond Hamilton’s Starwolf trilogy of books and Alan E. Nourse’s Raiders from the Rings – among others.This one has a scene written and is still needing to be noodled with.

Other Things I am Thankful For This Year:

  • My girlfriend and her love and support
  • My family and friends and their love and support
  • Being in a good place in my life.

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