May 2014 Writing Update + Mega-Giveaway Ends Soon!

Happy Saturday, fellow bloggers!

Just thought I’d do a quick writing update for anyone interested in how my assorted projects are going. In no particular order …

Chasing Nonconformity (sequel to Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It)

The manuscript is currently in the hands of my mother/editor/life coach. She’s reading it through right now, and has promised to return it to me by the end of May. We’re actually meeting up for my friend’s wedding, so I’ve kindly informed my mother that she’s not allowed to attend the wedding unless she brings me the edited manuscript as tribute. Muahahahahaha.

Assuming she doesn’t suggest any crazy, sweeping changes to the story, I’m hoping to have this book out and published by the fall. Fingers crossed!

D.Y.S.C. (working title)

This is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian YA trilogy I’ve been working on for a while now. I actually wrote half a first draft a few years back, scrapped it, re-wrote it, and scrapped it again. Now that the weather’s nice again, I’ve started going on daily walks with my little brother, and we’ve been planning out the full trilogy. We’ve got the first book pretty much planned, the second one’s in fairly good shape, and the third one’s a mess. But we’re making good progress!

In terms of actual plot, the story will follow Victoria, a teenage girl who lives on an asteroid colony out in the belt (the Earth was destroyed about a century earlier, so this is the last outpost of humanity). Crime runs rampant on the asteroid colonies, and she lives in a poor sector, so she joins a street gang. An arms deal goes horribly wrong, and she ends up getting arrested. In this world there are crazy rules for what happens if you’re a criminal, and Victoria ends up being drafted to a DYSC team (DYSC is the sport that everyone follows — it’s sort of like a gladiatorial arena, except with more sport-like elements [scoring systems, teams, branding, sponsors, etc.].) So she joins a team, has to risk her life in the arena, has to deal with her psychopathic teammates (who are also criminals), has to deal with the team owner lusting after her, etc. Fun!

Those are the big two I’m working on right now. I have a couple of other projects off to the side, but they’re sort of on hold while I play around with these two projects.

In Imminent Danger news, I’ll be attending the “Gathering on the Green” festival in London, Ontario next month and selling my book. I’ll have my prize wheel out and ready for kids to spin, I’ll have a bazillion bookmarks and stickers to give away — and, of course, a big box of books to sell. If for whatever reason you happen to be in London, Ontario on June 7, stop by and say hi!


Mega Giveaway Ends Soon!

My mega giveaway for Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It ends on Monday! It’s really easy to enter (almost too easy) — just do something (literally anything) to promote my book. Tweet a link to it, Facebook share it, buy it, write a review, write some fanfiction and post it in the comments, draw some fanart … sky’s the limit! And you can enter multiple times — if you want to tweet about my book every day for the next three days, that’s 3 entries! Wow!

Ahem. Check out the original giveaway post for details. Prizes include a signed copy of my book, plus possibly more awesome prizes if I get enough entrants. Now go forth and conquer!


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10 thoughts on “May 2014 Writing Update + Mega-Giveaway Ends Soon!

  1. Gave your book a tweet – hope it helps 🙂

  2. D.Y.S.C. sounds like quite dark, compared to Imminent Danger’s lighter tone! Exciting – a new direction?

    • That’s my intention! Yeah, it’s definitely going to be darker — way fewer jokes, and way more teenagers killing each other ala Battle Royale. But unlike Battle Royale, there will be an actual plot beyond “teenagers killing each other”. I’m still working out the details, but I’m going for kind of a gritty, frantic, darker feel. No idea yet if I can actually pull it off, but here’s hoping!

  3. Tweeted! Good luck! ps. your new project sounds awesome 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing! You’re officially entered 🙂 And thanks for the luck! I doubt I’ll actually get around to writing my new project for at least a few months, but I’m still really psyched about it.

  4. While it seems like your May is beginning to be very productive (I’m still jealous of your plot-walks!), and I’m always interested in ‘Imminent Danger’ news, I do think your other story sounds very interesting too! :)) Can’t wait to hear more about it in the future. Also, wish I could come to that thing on June 7, but unfortunately I work. </3 But I will definitely come visit you one of these days!!!
    Fighting!! xD ❤

    • Lol, well, recently my “plot-walks” have been more along the lines of me attempting to bring up a plot problem, and Jesse immediately changing the subject to this stupid “conquer the world” type game he’s been playing non-stop for like two weeks now. I’m not annoyed at all. Really.


      • Ha ha ha, uh oh!! Well, I guess it’s only fair to switch up the subject every once in awhile. But I know what you mean! Keep up the good work though. ^^

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