Trident of Attack

You may have noticed, over time, that there are less entries at Writer Tamago than there have been in the past. I am still doing the author interviews, and I have plans for a few more interesting projects, but I have to tell you that the main reason that you’ve seen less content here is because I’ve been a more productive writer, which is sort of what the point of this very blog is in the first place.

Reports of what I’ve been doing, and plans for world domination under the cut.

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I am pleased to report that my experiment in writing the Jim Hines way has been a success. Here’s what I’ve done this year so far:

Two complete rewrites of The Ground is Full of Teeth, with editorial notes in mind on the last one.

43K on the new novel (the first 4th of which is very solid)

A serial proposal of the aforementioned novel for Tor.dot com imprint (should be finished and shipped out this weekend)

One reprint submission for The Love Song of Oliver Toddle

Three submissions for O-Taga-San

One new story, The Two Sisters, submitted three times

One new story, Cookies, submitted two times.

A start to a revision of another story.

Queried 20 more agents about Abigail Rath.

That’s a pretty impressive six months. I also attended a writing retreat in Las Vegas, and networked and hung out at Wiscon. While none of this effort has resulted in publication yet, at least I’m keeping busy.

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This is my last day at work until July 29th, with a guest appearance at Kirkwood for an orientation on July 9th. Over the course of the summer, I will attend Convergence and Detcon. There will be some small trips to friends and festivals, but for the lion’s share of my summer, I will be writing full-time. On the docket?

After Wiscon, I have a new three-pronged plan of attack, which might mean even less writing here.

Prong the first: I was terribly impressed by Crossed Genres Press, and I will be trying to write stories for their themed issues. That means that this month, I will be writing a robot story. Yes, me! But I have a great idea, pretty much planned out in my head, and I’ll be sending them stories. New and old short stories will continue to circulate until they have been everywhere, or they are accepted. I may try to squeeze in a couple more deadlines, but my major focus will remain

Prong the second: Writing novels. And the goal will be to get a first completed draft of (back to its old title) The Poison of thy Flesh done before Detcon.

Prong the third: A serial. I am considering writing two chapters of a serial a month to build an audience base. My first thought was JukePop, and keeping it very casual and independent, but Tor.com Imprint intrigues me, and I would love to return to writing the Klarion saga as a serial, just like in the good old days. So, we’ll try that, but I expect it will remain in the book category, and you’ll see something else from me in this arena.

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So, that’s my current plan. I’ll still generate content here, but certainly not as much as before. I am still going to be here, though, as well as at twitter.

How will you be spending your summer?

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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