I've been steadily working on a new project since the beginning of October, and I'm really excited about it. Progress has been pretty good, especially when compared to You Can't Fix Dead which took me well over a year just to finish.
To be honest, I pushed through the last half of that book the same way any retail worker pushes through the last half hour of their shift. They just want it to be over so they can go home. Half-assed attempts at pretending you care while watching the word count go up and speeding through scenes so you can say they're done.
It makes for a lousy book, to be frank. I still love YCFD. It's one of my favorite stories I've ever worked on -- sure, some of it cliched and kind of lame, but the emotions are there and that damn thing made me cry more than once.
But I've set it aside, for a few reasons; chief among them that I was burned out on the story and secondly that now isn't the time for that book to be the one I try to submit for publication.
So I'm writing a new book. Right now, I'm stuffing it in the general "Fantasy" genre because I can't find a subgenre that works best for it. The closest I've come to describing it is "Dark Angel aesthetic, Mercy Thompson style Fae, and Kate Daniels' mix of magic and technology in an alternate world" and that's not even close to being something I can actually use later on.
But as of right now, we're still in the first half of the book so I've got plenty of time to hammer out the details.
This year, my focus is definitely going to be on getting this one done and getting ready to start querying -- gods willing, I'll be at that point by June. I'm giving myself six months to get there.
Anyone got any publishing/writing goals for the new year?