Monday, March 22, 2010

I admit it, I just can't stop talking about myself. Blah blah blah...

I thought I'd share a little bit more about me as a writer so you know where I'm coming from with my posts here.

I'm the one (of the Alliterati) who writes commercial fiction. The first novel I finished was fantasy, and while I love that story with all my heart, it's turned out to be too close to justabouteverythingelseoutthere. So I drawered it. (Note to self: "drawer" doesn't make a very good verb).

Writing my next novel-- my first commercial fiction novel-- felt like coming home. The connection I felt with my new characters made the story pour out of me like a woman possessed.

Once the story was on paper, I did the editing/ beta-reading/ editing-some-more thing, and started querying. And that's where I am. In the trenches, waiting on The Call.

I have another project waiting in the wings, but it's going to be an involved one, and I haven't had the time to devote to thinking about and researching it that I want before I start writing. So it will have to wait a little while, but in the meantime, I have a million other things to work on.

I'll be sharing with you a little bit of everything from this phase, and hopefully more as things happen. Thanks to everyone who's following us, and we are returning the favor for those who are new to us (we already follow quite a few of you). Be sure to email your lists of any other followers you've brought on board in exchange for critiques from us by midnight Pacific on Monday, March 29th. Email address again is alliteratiarchives[at]gmail[dot]com.

I'd also like to get to know you better. What genres do you write? Where are you in the process right now? Do you have any questions for me?


Amalia Dillin said...

In the trenches and writing historical fantasy! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that The Call comes soon!

Matthew Delman said...

I think we're all crossing our fingers for you, L.T.

*crosses fingers*

Stephanie Thornton said...

We're rooting for you! I'm glad I'm not alone in the querying trenches!

And I like drawered as a verb. :)

Joshua McCune said...

I've drawered many an item... luckily, most are e-drawers.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

*crossing fingers and toes for L.T.*

I'm getting ready to jump in the Query pool with my MG SF novel, peeking first to make sure it's not the shallow end. I'm writing furiously on my YA paranormal novel, and having great gobs of fun doing it. I need to rewrite that pesky short story that's finally earned me my first auto-reject from Asimov's (should I frame it?). And I have another (dozen) MG story ideas that are still fighting it out in the back of my brain. I'm waiting for the dust to settle on for that one.

L. T. Host said...

Thanks for the support, everyone! Good to get to know a little bit more about you, Amalia and Susan!

(The rest of you I know all too well. Kidding!)

Jemi Fraser said...

I'll send good wishes your way. :)

I'm currently writing a Steampunk YA mystery. It's the first ms I've written with any thoughts to publication. I'm currently revising after just finishing my first draft.

Unknown said...

Good luck!!!

I've drawered more than I care to fess up to, but most in fantasy/sci fi genres (all YA).

Anonymous said...

Querying is evil.


L. T. Host said...

Jemi-- you will (or already do, perhaps?) like Matt's posts!

Beth-- I love me some fantasy, but it's just not my style, I guess. Makes me sad :(

Insidethewritersstudio-- yes, it is. But a necessary evil, isn't it?

Michelle D. Argyle said...

So great to know more about your writing! I'm going the other way - from contemporary to fantasy. We'll see how that goes. Your blog's doing great!