Fall Reading and Writing Projects

I didn’t get as much summer reading as I had hoped, but for a good reason. My adult thriller (under a pen name TBA) got a home with the fabulous agent, Gina Panettieri, and I was whipping through some revisions to get it ready for submission. I am woefully behind in this year’s Goodreads reading challenge, a process that I’ve decided can be counterproductive because it makes me look at reading as a job instead of a pleasure.

Right now I’m reading “My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry.” It started off with such an engaging voice I was hooked, but I’m at the point now where I really want something to happen. I’ve also got “The Windup Girl” teed up along with the Gail Carriger Parasol Protectorate series and a little Cherie Priest thrown in. “The Impossible Knife of Memory” has been languishing on my nightstand for months now. So many books, so little time. (I think that was Frank Zappa.)

While I chew my fingernails waiting for news about my thriller, I also polished off the second book in the Coriander Jones series–release date forthcoming. For the first time, I tried the plotter/outliner approach for my WIP,a humorous YA zombie book I’ve been noodling around with for over a year. I think it worked. I wrote a synopsis, not really an outline, and it’s flowing onto the paper. I hope to have the first draft complete by the time pumpkin season is in full swing. And the project I’m most excited about is a steampunk novel set in the Old West (hence the inspiration reading in the genre) that I am researching and outlining whenever the spirits move me. I’m really excited about this project. It combines my love of history (I have a Masters Degree and hope one day to go back and get my PhD) and speculative fiction and I can’t hardly wait to write it.

What’s on your reading list this fall? What projects are you hoping to complete?