Works in Progress for August 2017

Works in Progress for August 2017

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I’ve spent most of my time doing three things this August: hiding from the Texas sun, imbibing copious amounts of fruit smoothies whenever I could not, and converting five short stories into a novel. The genre is paranormal romance, and it’s set in the Old West at the turn of the century.

Mages and demons and revolvers abound!

So do gorgeous Victorian dresses, corsets, petticoats, and *gasp* bloomers (obviously, I mean, it IS a romance).

At least this time I have narrowed my genre mash to TWO genres, rather than four. :p

The novel follows the fashionable Rose Jessup and her sister Lilian, two powerful mages who travel through the South capturing demons as familiars (so long as they aren’t too dangerous) or banishing them to the demon realm. This trip, they meet their match when another demon hunter stumbles across their path.

A handsome demon hunter, of course.

When will I publish this one? Hrmm…good question. I do have a slot free in October if my fingers unclench from the draft by then. Otherwise, I might just release it early next year. I’d like to turn this one into a series of short novels, but I’m not sure about the interest level in such a weird mix of genres.

In any case, I also finished a last read through of my new science fiction romance novelette, “The Becoming of the Twenty,” and published it earlier this month. I plan to write more novelettes and novellas about Magnolia Station, the Ecliptic, and the fallout from Lune’s choice. If all goes well, I’m going to start a new one either this weekend or early next week!

My Twitter Secret Shame

My Twitter Secret Shame

I think I’m a cat lady.

An online cat lady, that is.

Hear me out. I don’t actually own any cats, but after scrolling through my 240 likes on Twitter, I now realize that around 3,000 of them are for cats, kittens, and the occasional puppy. I mean, what is up with that? What does that say about me?

Maybe it says that I have too much time on my hands. Because between Twitter and Reddit awww, I probably spend an average of 9000 hours a week looking at pictures and .gifs of cats.

I know what you’re saying. “Wren, why don’t you just get a cat or two? They could help you do math since you seem to suck at it.”

Well, there are perks to getting my cat fix online. I don’t have to buy cat food. I don’t have to scoop litter. I’m not woken up at one o’clock in the morning as a naughty little furball sings the songs of his people outside my door, hoping I’ll wake up and give him a cuddle. I’m not woken up an hour before I’d rather get up either, all so I can feed him breakfast. Also, my legs don’t fall asleep because the fattest cat in the world decided to plop down on my lap and have a snooze.

I don’t have to try to give the sucker a bath, claws and all.

I don’t have to fear a critter walking across my keyboard, deleting my current WIP and every backup.


Cute and cuddly as they are, I think it’s safer NOT to own a cat.