M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/03/15

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve got a short story due by Sunday, and it needs to be pretty clean by the time I send it off. It is a Steampunk Superhero story for Dark Oak’s Capes & Clockwork 2 edited by D. Alan Lewis.

I don’t have much time with this. I kinda just found out about the opportunity. I’m takin a few steps to get finished quickly yet still keep the quality level high.

I’m making this one 3,500 words. Because I have to. That mans that my introduction can only be 850 words. This is a get in/get out story that probably only takes place over the course of an hour at most. (Gotta love how timing changes with the word count.) I’m really trying to keep it simple.

I’m sticking to what I know in the world of steampunk. as a result off Angela Blackmore series, I’m familiar with Victorian London, so I will set it there. I’ve also done tons of research the social hierarchy of England during that time. My main character is a mudlark because I know about those. Research zaps your writing time. So I am going to figure out how to make this work.

Anyway, got pretty far along today. Hoping to be done with the skeleton tomorrow.

I also did a quick inventory, and goodness my plate got full all of a sudden. Here are the projects I’m working on:

–Due 04/15/15: A Pulp/Urban Fantasy Novella (30,000 words). It’s the story I’ve been working on for a while. I would like the final draft of this thing done in March so I can get some beta reader advice before turning it in.

–Due this weekend: the above mentioned steampunk story.

–Due ASAP: I do some copy-editing for Dark Oak as well and I have a novel that needs editing.

In the cue:
–A paranormal short story collection. Seeing as how I have so many short stories I have written…

—a paranormal thriller novel about a woman who discovers that the person stalking her is: 1) responsible for 90% of the world’s unsolved serial killings and 2) isn’t human.

–Book three of the Elysian Chronicles

–Believe it or not, I’ve got a story about a berzirkir who discovers he’s fighting on the wrong side stuck in my head…

Anyway, I’m quite glad I’m writing every day!

How about you? What is looming?


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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