Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jam and Jug's Marine Oddsey

"She waits for him. In the murk. In the dark and cold. Her prince."

On the advice of my agent, I've switched gears from writing a sequel, to developing a new project. This picture has to do with my latest concept, which, in all honesty, is pretty goofy.

It properly executed, it could turn out to be quirky and surprising and original. If not, then I'm a hack with stupid story ideas.


Madison said...

I'm interested to see where this new idea takes you, V. Don't give up hope! I know you'll come up with something great! :D

PS: In chapter five of the story you sent me. I'm really enjoying it so far! :D

Anita said...

I can't wait to hear how this shapes up!

Kelly Polark said...

So, it's set in the desert?
Just kidding!
Good luck with your new manuscript. Change can be good!

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

I wouldn't wait for anyone in the murk, dark OR cold. Especially not in the cold. Most certainly not in the murk. And probably not in the dark. She must be one tough cookie. My prince would be waiting for me on the beach in St. Lucia. Best of luck with the new endeavor. How's the first submission going? (She asked hopefully...)

Mary O. Paddock said...

I'm curious? Why did she suggest you write something else?

shortensweet said...

Looks interesting.

I figured you were writing since you haven't replied to my email yet...jerk.

Ray Veen said...

Madison - Oooo, I forgot I did that. I'm glad you're liking it so far. Be sure to tell me what you think when you're done.

Anita - It is weird, though. I'll probably blog more about it at some point.

Debra - How's the first submission going? Nothing but rejection so far, but it's freaking awesome to think that aquisitions editors at all the most prime, most prestigious publishing houses are reading my book. The feedback is great.

Kelly - Can't fool you, can I? Actually, maybe only the first scene will take place above the surface of the ocean.

Mary - I guess it's better strategy to not write a sequel until the first book sells. That way, if it never sells, I'll have something else to market. Actually, I'm thrilled to have the freedom to dream up a new world and new plot convolutions.

Ray Veen said...

Hi Jamie, I'm not ignoring you. You're just so hard to see sometimes, what with the whole 'being-below-the-level-of-a-grownup's-normal-visual-range' thing.

I'm headed over to Gmail now.

VeeFlower said...

I can't wait to find out what the other dozen or so publishers think of FB! Meanwhile, you've gotten a great big official nod as an up-and-coming writer, so write away on something new and we'll see where it goes!

Keri Mikulski said...

Best of luck! :)

Jewel Allen said...

That is the coolest cover though (for Solhades). Was that a photo you stole from somewhere??

Madison said...

Don't worry, V! I'll shoot you an e-mail when I'm done! :D

Danielle said...

I've never managed a sequel... I just like starting from scratch too much. Have fun with it!

Carrie Harris said...

Woot! Good luck with the new projectness. Can't wait to hear more about it!

Ray Veen said...

Vee -

Keri - Thanks. I can always count on you for well wishes.

Pink - I love to steal photos from Flickr and whatnot. They inspire me.

Madison - I'll be waiting.

Danielle - I've written sequels to a few of my books -- they're hard work. I truly hope you have the same problem some day.

Carrie - Um, yeah. I think I'm gonna scrap it. Nobody's 'getting' it.

Ray Veen said...

Oooh -- I just shunned my mom. Sorry, Mom -- total accident.

So yeah, thanks for the enthusiasm, and I sure hope it's well-placed.

J.R. Johansson said...

Okay so I love your blog... and your description of first drafts was like hearing myself speak. I'm currently working on a first draft and LOVING it. It's addictive and incredible so I'm happy to know other people are out there enjoying it as much as I am. Let's all sit back and enjoy some tasty plot juice. :) Or maybe just stew in it until our fingers get all pruney.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, it's great to meet you!

Tracey said...

So will you pull Solhades back out of the drawer when Fiersome's Brood becomes a crazy best seller?

Ray Veen said...

Jenn - At first I was like, 'ew -- pruney fingers from sticking them in plot juice'. Then I realized that, yeah, that's kind of what you have to do.

Well said.

(You're all blog-rolled and followed and everything, so 'welcome' to you, too).

Tracey - Yes. Yes I will. To tell you the truth, I'm tempted to keep working on it cuz my "other projects" aren't really exciting me right now.

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