Current projects blog hop

I was tagged by my Mom, Kim of Field of my Dreams. She’s participating in this blog hop, and she tagged me. So here goes!

What am I working on?

Currently I’m applying a polish draft to Chronocrime, the second Spacetime Legacy book. Hoping to release it next week!

I’m also working on painting a spiffy cover, after a bunch of pointers from covercritics.com.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I love taking common ideas and turning them around back to front. Like, I’ve never read a book where people manipulate time and space–with time, you can stop, rewind and fast forward, but you can do that to an object, or yourself, or a large area. Or you can scry the timeline, and peek ahead at possible futures.

Space magic is about moving stuff. Teleportation, portals, tesseracts, spatial compression, spatial waves. Great for combat, because you can jump around really quickly.

There’s also gravity magic, which does what it says on the tin–makes things heavier or lighter. This can be unexpectedly powerful, which is why one of the three known gravity mages works as a Starbreaker.

Hey, stars don’t go nova by themselves.

Why do I write what I do?

I started out by writing fanfiction. I got really good at writing within the boundaries of someone else’s universe. So when I married my husband, he had this whole Spacetime storyline. I started writing it down for him–so I’m still writing fanfiction. It’s just based on an original concept, so we own it. Yay!

Also, I happen to love books about magic and monsters in the real world. I don’t relate to high fantasy so well, but show me a werewolf running down a highway at night, and I’m hooked.

How does my creative process work?

Before I had kids, I could develop an idea purely in my head, and only write down a few key points.

But now I’m a busy mom and homeschooler! I now have huge swaths of brainpower devoted to kids–care taking, talking, teaching, and dealing out justice.

That leaves only a sliver for writing stories. So I brainstorm in odd moments and write down everything. I have pages of stream of consciousness notes. Then I write at odd moments–mostly during the kids’ computer time in the afternoon. Also at night, after they’re in bed.

I write on my iPod, and dump everything to my computer later. It’s amazing how much you can get done if you write at least a paragraph a day, or edit that much. After a while, it really adds up.

It also makes my hubby so happy. 🙂

I’m supposed to tag people to do this meme next, but everybody I know has done it at least once already.

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