31 October: Current Progress

Happy Halloween!

As I gear up for NaNoWriMo with the rest of the UT Writer’s Guild, I’m wrapping up a few of my long-term projects before November.  Most of them will start over again in December.

  • I’ve decided to work on a new, as-of-now untitled screenplay project.  All I can really tell you is that it’s related to The TECH Project and my first attempt at Script Frenzy in 2009.  And that it’ll be much better than both of those things.
  • This month, I’ve been making some excellent progress on my novel The Final Experiment, which is a direct sequel to The TECH Project and takes place one year after TTP’s conclusion.  I’m more than three-fourths of the way finished transcribing the novel, but I also have to write two full scenes – including an intense battle scene – and there’s a lot of editing to do before I can do anything else with the manuscript.
  • I’m also working on Knitting, a prompt for my Screenwriting class that’s growing into a slightly larger story.  It may go on to do bigger and better things, but for now it’s a 10-minute short film.

And now on to NaNoWriMo!  Here’s what you can look forward to as I update with fair regularity about my progress:

Augustine is a little old-fashioned.  His whole apartment is decorated in neo-Victorian style – but he’s felt for some time now that something’s missing.  He finds that missing element in a back-alley antique store: an ornate brass-framed mirror, faintly scratched.  Thrilled with his find, Augustine hauls it home only to find himself sucked inside – into a strange, almost Victorian world filled with oil-driven and steam-powered machines.

That’s just a brief summary – I have much more outlined!

You can also see in my current sidebar a NaNoWriMo widget.  I’ll keep my word count updated there, too, so you can check my progress as I make it.  I plan to win NaNo for the first time this year!

Will you be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year?  If so, add me as a friend!  You can find me under the username xxfourthelement or in the Toledo regional forums.

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End of August: Current Projects & Progress

It’s the end of the month again, so you know what that means: time to give you another update on the current progress I’m making with my large writing projects.  I’ve got several up on the table.

  • Please Be Mine: PBM now has a blog of sorts – it now has its own page on the West Bancroft Side Story blog.  Check it out to learn more about the project!  Currently, I have completed the first two episodes and some scenes in the final two episodes.
  • The Final Experiment: This project is in the editing stage, but I’ve been moving really slowly on it.  I think I’ll be putting on hold until January, since I’m going to be busy this semester with jobs and classes.
  • Unnamed novel: One of the ONLY unnamed projects I’m working on recently got a bit of a revival thanks to some conversations about steampunk with a close friend of mine…  You might expect to see a little bit about the novel (including a post begging for title ideas!) or about the steampunk movement in general in the upcoming months!

There’s a bit more going on at the moment, but since I’m starting a new job soon I can’t really do too much.  The following projects are on hold until further notice:

  • The Rules
  • WBSS Live!
  • Project Revolution (Project Archangel trilogy in general)

For now, I’ll probably focus on the three large projects mentioned above as well as poetry and short fiction because of my work with the UT Writer’s Guild.  Keep an eye out for more of my articles on workshopping!

End of July: Current Projects & Progress

I’ve got quite a few projects going on as we head into August, and some that you may want to keep an eye on.

  • Please Be Mine: A new 4-episode miniseries for UTTV that will be filmed this fall at the University of  Toledo.  Remember West Bancroft Side Story?  PBM is a new romantic comedy (also called a rom-com) that serves as something of a sequel to WBSS.  They’re a bit different in style – no singing and dancing in PBM – but you may be interested in the show, which is loosely based on Pygmalion/My Fair Lady.
  • The Rules: The Rules is still a bit mysterious for all of you – but there are a few things I can say.  The Rules, a stage musical, is a multi-person collaboration and will theoretically be performed for the first time next year.  We are currently working on Act 2.
  • The Final Experiment: The sequel to young adult action/adventure novel The TECH Project is currently undergoing editing.  Hopefully, it will be released next fall.  Meanwhile, those interested can contact thetechproject [at] gmail [dot] com to find out how to order a copy.