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    To all the Chapel writers out there: what will you be working on this year?

    What are you currently working on? Will anyone be releasing a novel/novella this year? Anyone working on scripts for an upcoming comic/webcomic? How about scripts in general?

    Please provide links, so that those of us interested enough can check out what you're creating. Tell me your plans for 2011!!

    (I'm starting my first novel, hoping to have the first draft done by the end of the year but not counting on that. I'm also hoping to write on my blog every single day, as well as maybe look into finding an artist to start a webcomic. Cha!)
      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011 edited
    Hello Sonny, hope to get some good links here. I'm not a writer but decided to make up a bunch of illustrated stories last year just to add content to my website (I'm a pro-fine-artist). I had a lot of fun and have decided to edit/fix and self publish a collection called "13 Stories, Forbidden tales of the Impending Apocalypse" by the end of 2011. It's really just amateur fun but I'd appreciate any constructive criticism,

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    Going to turn in the last Heist script this week. It's been essentially plotted and paneled forever, but it wants some tightening and formalization.
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    More short fiction. A novel that I intend to complete this year. Some non-fiction work for the folks at Guerrilla Geek. The continuation of Bale's Game at Weaponizer. And at least one graphic novel length webcomic to be illustrated by the fabulous Keith Perkins.

    Then maybe a nap.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
    Whoops. I've been outed. Now the pressure's on. :)
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011 edited
    Here's where my shit lives: Weaponizer profile here.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2011
    My plans for Q1, 2011:

    a) Find a home for BAREFOOT and at least two other projects.

    b) Making moves on at least one or two new comics projects, which means finalizing some scripts and finding an artist.

    c) Restarting BROKEN BOULEVARD with artist Wendell Cavalcanti. Wendell wants to redraw the whole thing from scratch, so I've expanded the first chapter from 16 pp (RIP: Slimline) to 22 pp.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2011
    A brief extract from the pitch/synopsis for the book I'm working on would probably best explain it:

    This book is for anyone who wants an insider's view on witchcraft, paganism, the occult and other related topics. It's not a 'how to' guide or spellbook although it will provide some guidelines as to how to go about first finding such things, and then being able to tell whether they're any good or not. They're mostly not, but we'll get to that.

    What I am going to do is present an honest approach, which takes into consideration historical research without being boring about it, and tries to cut through all of the media hysteria and present facts, opinions and information, without being an unrealistic fantasy version that promises empowerment but doesn't deliver.

    There has been a lot of rubbish written about paganism and witchcraft, or Wicca, and even worse rubbish written about the occult. It's divided between scaremongering sensationalism that mostly has its facts wrong, and spellbooks or 'how to be a witch' type guides that are probably even worse. These are mostly a promise of wish fulfilment wrapped in slick marketing. They seem written to boost the egos of their authors by presenting them as wise and experienced witches and magicians who have the answers to young people's problems and offer spells to stop bullies or help with relationships. Most of them steal from traditions such as Wicca or other modern pagan traditions, without giving proper information about these, or when they do, they get it wrong for the sake of making them seem older or more exciting than they really are.

    Nowadays, there is a lot of decent material about paganism, modern witchcraft and Wicca available, but its either academic or aimed at people who already have some experience. Good information used to be rare and hard to obtain, now it's swamped under loads and loads of rubbish of the sort I've already described. What I'm intending is that this book will be accessible, will cut through the rubbish and be something that once you've read it, you can safely recommend it to other people too.

    Like several others I have met who are part of this 'scene', I've got a love for the unconventional, as well as a deep desire for spirituality and a connection to something deeper and bigger than just what we can see in front of us everyday. Earth based religions and magic seemed to fill this need, but many writers on this area give inconsistent information that's sometimes contradictory or which, if you've got a bit of experience, you can spot errors in. This has led many people to turn away from these paths, or to have serious doubts about them, which is a real shame. What I'd like to do is take the best information that we have, the most carefully researched history and present these in a readable and accessible way. I'm also going to go to people who have been a part of these traditions, who have spent time in them and grown up in them, but who aren't necessarily elders or leaders and ask to offer the benefit of their experience and knowledge, rather than pretending to be someone who knows it all myself.

    I've been working on this for a while now and I'm chipping away at it slowly, making sure it's right and will attract a decent publisher who will market and position it correctly.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2011
    I have a play going up at the HERE Arts Center this February.

    It's called Next , and it's (very) loosely based on the Jacques Brel song, "Au Suivant.

    Here's the website.

    After that, I hope to get a night of short plays up and running.
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    I will be writing, as ever, but I'm reluctant to talk about anything I'm doing until some things start happening.

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    I'm in rewrites for a screenplay at the moment. It's too short, which is the worst since I need it to both be long enough and not a sucky pile of filler. After I finish this, I have a huge backlog of ideas. If I ever find an artist, I'd like to turn the outline I have for an 8 issue comic story into something I can have people read. I've written the first issue, but don't want to waste a lot more time than that on something that isn't ever going to go anywhere. If I go completely insane, I've been kicking around the idea of turning a TV pilot I wrote into the first chapter of a novel, but I suspect that's something I'll talk about and consider and never start because I have other things that will actually see the light of day in the calendar year (or at least by early next year, I swear!) that I could be working on.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2011
    Hey all.

    While not 2011 technically, I just appeared in Cthulhurotica my first time in print (I'll leave it up to you to figure out which one I am).

    I'm currently working on a monthly goal of advancing my novel (currently a steampunk genre story) by 1k a day and producing at least two shorts a month (almost done with one). Generally I get the weekly e-mail digest of new markets and soon-to-be-closing markets/calls for submissions from
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    currently working on two (maybe three)different comic projects, and a possible half hour short film to be shot in the first quarter alone. Seven days in and it looks already to be a busy busy year on the creative front.

    I have a novel that I'm going to try and finish by June to be submitted. I'm about to send a short story out to a couple of mags up here to see what happens. Also, I have a column at septagon studios I'm trying to get back going again. I got busy with the double job thing at the end of the year. Shouldn't be a problem this year however.

      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    Well, I finished the first draft of my first novel as a part of NaNoWriMo, and am currently working on the second draft. I've also got the beginnings of an anthology that I'm working on; theme and writers and all sorts of work going into it. I'm going to sit down and write a short for the anthology once I get the theme locked down, but until then it's all about the second draft.
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    I have five comics scheduled for release in 2011.
    *A short story called "L'ange de Bastogne" that will appear in OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS #4 in late winter or early spring. Art by mpMann.
    * "Auld Lang Syne," in HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE, due in February. Art by Tom Nguyen.
    *Two stories in issues of Ape Entertainment's new STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE mini-series, due this summer. One of those is co-written by my 8-year-old daughter, for whom I took the gig.
    *The short story "Daddy's Girl," in the horror anthology KAGEMONO: FLOWERS AND SKULLS, which will hit stores as soon as the missing shipment of books from the printer is found. No kidding.

    Those are firm. Additionally, I hope to release the first issue of my creator-owned series OLD WOUNDS, with art by John Bivens, this spring or summer. And the aforementioned mpMann and I are discussing publishing the four short pieces we've done together in a single volume, since all are creator owned.

    And I've got various pitches on various editors' desks.
    • CommentAuthorJECole
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    Finishing writing, illustrating, designing and self publishing my novel. ETA: December 2011.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
    I do have two things that are coming out this year:

    One is an episode of an upcoming fan-made audio-drama Firefly: Between the Lines.
    The other is a micro-story for a book called 22 Stories, alongside the great illustrations by Aaron Bir.

    Aside from that, I think I'm going to try and write one of the novels I have in my head--probably the one that I was going to do for NaNoWriMo if my schoolwork didn't get in the way--some short stories, and I've been doing a lot of "sample" comic book scripts with the prompts from Thought Balloons, so I might try doing some legit ones during the year...

    So yeah.
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    "what will you be working on this year?"

    Bunch of stuff. Comics and novels for sure, and whatever else I can do.

    "What are you currently working on?"

    I was just working on a short story called Puncher. More generally, I'm writing a novel and rewriting comic scripts. For more about those...

    "Will anyone be releasing a novel/novella this year?"

    Yup. I've made several aborted attempts over the years, like most writers, but right now I'm working on a horror thing called Until Dawn, unless I think of a better title. I've got plans for some other stuff, as well, but finishing this thing is my first priority, prosewise. I'm serializing it, in raw and unedited form, at my new blog HyperPulp 5000 and epubbing thereafter.

    "Anyone working on scripts for an upcoming comic/webcomic? "

    Right now, I'm writing/rewriting the scripts for The Strange Talent of Luther Strode - The colors and lettering yonder there are by Whitechapel's own Felipe Sobreiro.
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    I turned in my application to the University of Iowa Writers Workshop on the first, and have been taking a break since. I turned in two longish short stories, about 25 pages each, as well as two short-short/flash-fiction pieces. My writing is getting stronger every year - this is the third application, and, perhaps, the third time is the charm. We'll see.

    For my next trick, I'm going to do some rewriting on a couple stories I wrote about a year ago, expand a recent short-short story into a longer story, and continue the fantasy novel I started before application season began. It'll be grand. Maybe I'll even manage to get one of these damn things published.

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    I wish every single one of you the best of luck with all these wonderful sounding projects!

    As a dude who's been writing since I was a teen (definitely have grown into a clearly defined style), but who's never attempted a novel (only pretty much done short stories, serials, flash, etc.), do any of you have any advice/words of wisdom for me?