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The Muse, she awakens and stretches

I've proofed two stories for an LGBT press thanks to [personal profile] snottygrrl putting in a good word for me. Proofing is done for free, but it's meant that I've been reading M/M fic again, which I haven't in ages. I'll admit I wasn't blown away by either story, but something about the fact that there's a market for these works apparently has finally nudged my Muse. I was working this afternoon when thoughts of my monk story (the original fiction work 'Defender of the Way' I was writing back in 2010) and elements of a Wraeththu story with all original characters came to mind. It occurred to me that I have the makings of at least a couple of novellas using primarily my characters from DotW, but changing the focus and adding a bit more world-building to it. I found myself getting excited about revisiting some of my characters and actually charting out a plot for them, and taking chunks of already-written material and adding lots of new elements to it. There's a market there, and I believe the quality of my material would be acceptable to the editors at this press.

I'm mostly excited that I'm thinking of writing again, and it not be from scratch, and also to take some elements from different situations I enjoy writing and put it in front of a new audience. Now if only evannichols would win the lottery, we could both quit working and do creative projects full time! ;)

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Nov. 26th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
I was very interested in the story and looking forward to seeing where it would go. I know I could get interested in a reincarnation. I loved world-building in it.
Nov. 26th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
I even mentioned to Evan that you would be someone especially keen to see my monk story continue on!! I'm glad you remember Ilthanon and Tsobias and that small crew. :) Your enthusiasm is a powerful force.
Nov. 26th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
Take a look at the LJ of alex_beecroft, who writes m/m historical romance and fantasy professionally. You might find it both helpful and inspiring.
Nov. 26th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'll do that! Thanks for the link. :)
Nov. 26th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
yay, muse! :)
Nov. 26th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! I haven't sat down to do anything yet, but am more enjoying the mulling over of possibilities. Still, even that lets me know she's around. :)
Nov. 26th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, you definitely should! I love your writing.

I have to admit that many of the m/m books I've read lately have been less than stellar. I'd love to read something really good instead of throbbing crotches and burning loins.
Nov. 26th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was in part in proofing these stories that reminded me just how high the quality is of some of my work, as well as the super-talented authors like you and others whose work has been only available in fandom. There were some pretty atrocious sexual phrasing clichés in the first book I read. :P
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