Blog Hop Sequel

This one comes courtesy of a writer’s tag from my Viable Paradise classmate Nicole Lisa. She really knows her stuff when it comes to the writing life. Go check out her post before you read mine. I’ll wait.

::tap, tap, tap::

And off we go to the races:

What am I working on?

I’m so excited right now because I’m proofreading the print version of Lightspeed Magazine‘s Women Destroy Science Fiction special issue. I’m about half done right now and OMG…the stories…I don’t even…I gotta stop here ‘cuz, ya’ know…spoilers. But seriously, all of you (YES, I MEAN YOU) have to get a copy of this issue when it’s published. It’ll blow you away.

Also, after attending a workshop called Dazzle ’em with Description with the fabulous C.L. Wilson, I’m repolishing my short stories before I submit them again. I’ve got Second Contact and Slow Burn finished. Next on the block is Matchmaker.

I’m also playing around with GMC charts for the next Bloodsurfer book. I’ve decided it’s not going to be a sequel. Bloodsurfer is Scott and Hannah’s story and their story will continue in the official sequel. This story is Derek’s story, Scott’s oldest brother. The heroine I mentioned in my previous blog hop post is still pestering me. What I know about her past is becoming more solid, which makes her even more intriguing than she was before.

I’m also grinding away on my epic space opera, but it’s not a priority for me at the moment.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

In my previous blog hop, I talked about how my heroines aren’t what you would call strong/kick-ass heroines – at least, not at first. This time, I want to talk more about worldbuilding. I love surprising my audience with a world they don’t expect. For example, in Bloodsurfer, my superhero fantsy, I wanted to create a city where super powered humans could operate without having to hide their identities. So much of the superhero/comic book mythology revolves around superheroes having to use masks and elaborate costumes to hide not only from the villains, but from the community they protect. You’ve read those types of stories, where the superheroes have to fear the members of their community just as much as they do the villains because the community fears/distrusts those with superpowers. I decided to play with that idea and create one community where superheroes have been driven underground, if not out of the city altogether, and another where the non-superpowered citizens are downright protective of their superheroes. I wanted a city where supers and non-supers worked and lived together without all of the hidden identities to see if I could make it work. So far, it has.

Why do I write what I do?

What I said in my previous post. It’s fun. It’s also a learning experience. I do my research and I always manage to uncover some interesting nugget of information I didn’t know about. ¬†Sometimes my research doesn’t support my vision for the story, so I have to wrestle with the plot and take a few detours, but nothing beats the exciting moment when you jump up and yell “AH-HA! I’ve figured it out!”. ¬†Snoopy!dancing and Kermit!flailing ensue.

Finally, how does my writing process work?

Yeah, I’m still not hip to this whole process thing. If it’s working, I roll with it. If it’s not working, I try something different.

Now, I will tag my critique partner and chief cheerleader, Jan Jackson. Have at it, Jan.

Update: My Viable Paradise classmate A.T. Greenblatt has joined the party. Go read her post!

10 thoughts on “Blog Hop Sequel”

  1. Deb, the world building in your story is well done. You should be proud. I love research as well, especially when it pertains to history. As writers, we never stop learning or exploring. There’s always something new and shiny around the corner, even if you have to dig deep to find it.

  2. So much exciting stuff! I love your idea about super heroes not having to hide their identity–it’s such a fun, but also obvious twist on the superhero story.

    Dumb question: what are GMC charts?

    And also: SO jealous you’re proofreading Women destroy SF!

    1. Hi Nicole. Thanks for stopping by. GMC charts are Goal, Motivation, and Conflict charts. I have an older edition of Debra Dixon’s “GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict” that I use as a guide.

      I finished the last proofs on WDSF at 1:00 am this morning. I’m tired, but very energized. This is going to be an amazing issue!

  3. Deb I love your superhero ideas. I’m looking forward to reading your story about the non-supers and supers living together and not hiding. What a clever twist! Keep those great ideas going!

  4. Deb, what fun to get a glimpse of your worldbuilding and writing process. Always such fun to peek into someone else’s brain and story world! You have great ideas in the works…I’ll look forward to more!

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