Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#TheIWSG, Project Updates, and Instagram for #TheIWSG

Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, all of the admins, and all of the co-hosts this month:

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place to share insecurities and encourage one another.

Optional IWSG Question: 
What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
I love that speculative fiction, fantasy, and scifi give me plenty of room to explore possibilities, and also give me a new backdrop in which to explore every day dilemmas with magical items, blasters, mythical creatures, aliens, and special powers. 
If we could revisit our old school days with a super-power and an alien best friend, would it be the same? What if we could bring a unicorn or Medusa to work? 

Project Updates
Even though I love writing stories I think I can share with others, I'm also drawn to writing some odd, experimental fiction which breaks many of the "rules" of writing.

Ashes Burn is one of my hard-to-market projects. It is a fantasy hint fiction series following the lives of three characters. Wend is on the run from his fiery past, Teresa is searching for her love, and Bryant is planning to scorch his way from King to Emperor. 
It might be marketable, if I hadn't been a stickler about writing every "episode/chapter" in hint fiction format - all episodes are less than 30 words. And, I like it that way. (Yes, I can be stubborn about my odd projects.) The only way I would ever change it would be to make it into a manga/comic series ... but I can't draw or even afford to hire someone to draw the panels for me. 

Ashes Burn, Season 7 is  releasing at the website over the next few months and I'll be compiling all of the seasons into a omnibus e-book for release in June. 
Will anyone buy it?
I really don't know, and somehow, I'm okay with that.

The Greenling Chronicles Book One is still under revision, but I have more hope for the whole series in its current messy state than I did a month ago when it looked prettier from the outside. It might even end up as a marketable project.

Journaling - This isn't really a "project" that I'll ever publish, but I have been writing sporadically in my journal this year - sermon notes, lists of things to do, ideas, story starts, and some poetry. It keeps me going on busy days and fills my creative well on other days when I'm feeling dusty-dry. 

Report on Six Impossible Ideas Before Breakfast 2018 Guiding Goal (the goal that made no sense to anyone but me). This really includes - writing projects, exercise, the mostly-keto diet that I'm on (prescribed by doctors), prayer, job+school ideas, and giving myself room for creativity. It's going well - mostly. Details may come in a later post.

Just post one image a week on #writerWednesdays
or join in for the not-so-secret #motivationMondays.
Yes, I went a bit for the whole February love-fest theme.
If you would rather post more friend/Gal-atine style shots, go for it!

What do you love about your genre? Do you have any project, goal, or resolution updates? Joining Instagram? 


Erika Beebe said...

All of your projects sound very interesting Tyrean. I wish you luck on all of them. I stick to the YA realm, and I specifically love the fantasy side of it. My newest project is almost done though. At least the first draft. I can't wait to see how I conclude the last few scenes. I hope your health is doing great :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've got a lot of awesome projects going. And it's great that you took the leap and are writing something that doesn't follow the "rules" but that you enjoy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good luck with all of your goals and projects! You've got a positive attitude and a confidence in your creativity, and those things will take you far. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As long as you enjoyed writing it, that's what matters.
If the unicorn was like the one from Cabin in the Woods and impaled a few people with its horn, I'd take one to work.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Tyrean, you a have some awesome projects going. Good luck with your writing goals.

M. L. Keller said...

Sounds like you have a lot of projects going. I'd love to know how you manage to juggle them. Best of luck with your new release


L. Diane Wolfe said...

So many projects.

I just posted my Instagram for today's IWSG prompt.

Charity Bradford said...

I totally agree that spec fiction lets us explore our world in fantastical situations. It's one of the things I love about it too. Good luck with all your goals.

cleemckenzie said...

You have so many projects, Tyrean! Good on you. Here's my best for remarkable success this year.

Raimey Gallant said...

I had never even heard of hint fiction, so thank you for introducing me to that. And congrats on your upcoming release!

Christine Rains said...

You're one busy woman! Good luck with your goals. Ashes Burn sounds fabulous.

Chemist Ken said...

I've been toying with the idea of joining Instagram. Just not sure I'd be any good at it. If you don't spend much time on social media, it usually isn't worth getting started in the first place. We'll see what happens.

Good luck with your stories.

Cherie Reich said...

I love speculative fiction for those reasons too. Best of luck with your projects!

krystal jane said...

I would love to have Medusa as a friend!

Honestly, a hint fiction book sounds awesome. And also, don’t rule out an illustrator. You might can do a royalty share kind of thing. But even without illustrations, it sounds really unique and awesome! Sounds like you’re having fun. Fun is always good. ^_^

Laura Clipson said...

I joined instagram last year but I've never actually used it.

Good luck with all of your goals!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I don't know. Ashes Burn sounds pretty dang intriguing to me. I'd read it. And writing goals - I'll trade you some positive vibes???

Loni Townsend said...

Writing is one of the best ways to explore imagination. Good luck with your hint fiction series. I've never heard of hint fiction before.

Em-Musing said...

Lots of great projects, and hint fiction sounds fascinating.

Lynda R Young said...

Yep, I have the same love for those genres.
Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy ;)

Stephen Tremp said...

'Also drawn to writing some odd, experimental fiction which breaks many of the "rules" of writing.' That's great. Me too. Color outside the lines and go for it!

February 2018 IWSG Co-host

Michelle Wallace said...

You are the Queen Of Hint Fiction. So the Ashes Burn project makes perfect sense.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

All the best Tyrean - you've lots on your plate, yet that clever mind is still working away - cheers Hilary

The Cynical Sailor said...

I'm looking forward to hearing how your six impossible ideas is going, especially the keto diet. That seems to be so popular these days.