NaNoWriMo Update [2016.2]

I stayed up all night last night to watch Supergirl (Germany is several time zones ahead of the U.S. so it was around 3:30 a.m. before it was even uploaded). It was Alex Danvers’ (Chyler Leigh) coming out episode – the most important coming out at least since it was to her sister Kara, or Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). And it made an emotional mess of me.

Why am I telling you this, you might wonder. Well, last week I jokingly (and it was only meant as a joke, believe me) wrote that I might have to start a Supergirl fanfiction because of that character – Alex Danvers. Right now, the joke’s on me because I did start a Supergirl fanfic. It’s called Saving Danvers and it’s going great.

saving-danversBasically, my writing activity right now is limited to my two fanfictions, Six Degrees of Queer which is slowly ending, and Saving Danvers which is (to me) a break from script because fanfiction has always been about romance for me. (Yes, I might have written a feminist Potter-story, but that was for a college project.) It was about the ship, the pairing, how they meet, how they get together, how they make love for the first time, how they handle their everyday life together.

Saving Danvers, though, it might be my first adventure story. Sure, Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) (Alex’ love interest on the show) will be in it, but, like the show, this story is more about Alex and her relationship to Kara. But it’s also much more about Alex because that character resonates with me.

I’m a tv junkie, I’ve watched so many shows in my life, most of which I stopped watching at some point because they ruined a favorite character or a plotline didn’t sit right with me, or I never really liked anyone on it. Shows, to me, are mostly about characters. That’s why I stopped watching Buffy after Tara (Amber Benson) died and only picked the last season up more than ten years later. That’s why we all pretend the last season of Warehouse 13 never happened because making Pete (Eddie McClintock who, interestingly, has also been son Supergirl) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) a couple felt awkward at best, incestuous at worst. And that’s why I’m still in mourning over Person of Interest which was such a well-written show until they made Root (Amy Acker) the victim of a lazy trope.

And this is where Alex entered, and Supergirl, and James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Cat savingdanvers1Grant (Calista Flockhart), Winn (Jeremy Jordan), Hank (David Harewood)… a good superhero show, a light superhero show with some dark elements. And it inspires me. TV sometimes hands you a tale you can’t resist, a universe that you want to expand on. And if you’re a writer you write fanfiction… even if you secretely think you should build your own writing-verse, should write OCs, should research something other than the comic book background of the characters you’re writing at the moment.

Yes, I’m a little bitter about that. But I’m also excited to be writing again every day. I’m excited to submerge into such amazing characters. I’m excited about writing. And about NaNoWriMo. And I’m still behind on my word count (16,147 to date), but I’m making progress. I’m writing an adventure.

So, what’re you working on? What’re your experiences with fanfiction? And what did you think of last night’s Supergirl (did you cry?)? Tell me in the comments.

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NaNoWriMo Update [2016.1]

Here we are again – one year later, maybe even one year wiser. National Novel Writing Month started a week ago and so far, I’ve written 5,724 words (update’s update 7,082 words).

trouble%c2%b2You can see on my NaNo-profile that my NaNo-novel is Trouble² – with a nice cover including two favorite characters from a favorite tv show, Root and Shaw from Person of Interest (no copyright infringement etc. etc.) – which you could, I guess, call a AU fanfiction in progress. But then, there isn’t that much progress. I’m not really writing a novel, or maybe I’m writing several. And a Bechloe fanfiction, and a short story.

This year, I just can’t settle down on one project so I’m pretty much all over the place. And there might yet be a Supergirl fanfic coming along, because I really can’t fight my Sanvers feelings these days. But I guess that’s okay. Considering how little I got done this year, me writing bits and pieces this NaNo fits the theme.

So I’ve given myself the NaNo-rebel badge and am traipsing along through the jungle of stories I’ve got burning in different corners. One corner is still Ghosts of Helltown, as I haven’t finished that. Yeah, I know I promised that one to you for next year, but it’s on hold until I can get my shit together. And who knows if it’s going to get published then… I really messed this up, but I’m still working on it. I guess I have hope, a tiny spark in the darkness so to speak. (And just for the record, it’s a day later from that earlier stuff and I’m on my way to drunk, ’cause the election is officially over – bear with me.)

My Bechloe fanfiction in progress is Six Degrees of Queer – it’s basically Beca finding out sixdegreesofqueershe’s gay for Chloe and her friends trying to support her, mostly. Fanfiction is part of my writing life and Bechloe is still a great inspiration (with the possibility of it getting to be canon in the third movie – YAY! [let’s hope]). Writing fanfiction for WriMo is actually a cool thing because you don’t have to do any preparation other than watch your favorite show or movie – no excuse to not write, is what I’m saying!

I started a short story back in… I forgot. For an anthology that’s already been published. It was about summer love and I called my story Im Sommer – which is German for In Summer. It’s a story about an American girl, Angela, who visits German wine country for summer vacation and meets a German girl, Judith. It’s summer, there’s wine and just a little bit of a language barrier as these young women get their groove on… or something like that. I’m still working on it, or it wouldn’t be on this list. Hopefully, it will be available for free after NaNo… at Christmas, maybe? (I’ll keep you posted.)

The last corner (for now), is Trouble². It’s the story of a bondsperson and a P.I. who have a hard time working together to find a guy named Roy Bunting. They find out that Bunting is in even deeper doo-doo than they thought and that will also get these two women in trouble. Trouble², in fact, ’cause you know… I’m not sure where I’m going with this, maybe nowhere, but I like playing with these two characters in my head and giving them the happy ending they deserved.

Jumping between those stories was my first week of NaNo. How do you get along? Are you a traditionalist  or a rebel like me? Any other NaNo-thoughts? Tell me in the comments.

And just a word about this election: wherever you are, whoever you are, if you’re devastated by the American election results: please take care of yourself. Whatever happens in the time to come, you are important, you are cherished. Stay safe, stay strong, stay united.

Have some colorful hope and Anna Kendrick:

 

Check Me Out!

I usually don’t encourage such blatant self-advertisement, but since this is about my work – and not about, say, me posting nudes of myself – I guess it’s okay. Now, if you came here for nudes, I’m not even sorry, to say: go elsewhere! But if you’re a reader and you still got to fill some spots on this year’s reading list, maybe you will indeed check me out.

Let me help you with that:

the-affair-two-edited-no-shadowLet’s start with my stand-alone novella The Affair. It’s the story of two women who (not surprisingly) are having an affair. They work together over an ad campaign, they’re both married and unhappily so. But sleeping together is turning into something more, and Robin and Linda have to face the questions of what is possible and what is not, of whether they can be together or if too many lives will be destroyed. Will they be happy knowing they hurt the people they once loved?

I’m really proud of this work. I feel it touches at life from a not very sympathetic view. My protagonists are cheaters. But maybe you can find it in you to be interested in their journey? They don’t take their affair lightly, and maybe the ending pays tribute to that.

If you like, check out The Affair via Ylva Publishing‘s official page, or if you like on amazon, or if you use a different platform here. Maybe you’d like to read a review first?

Let’s move on then from true drama to truly terrifying supernatural fiction: Wicked Things is a Halloween anthology. And, yes, I’m aware it’s still some months to Halloween, but let’s face it: there’s never a bad time to get scared or have some supernatural sexy-times. Wicked Things can provide both during a summer storm, a camping trip for two, or a night you wanna curl up on your couch with your cat and let the creaking of floorboards get to you.

My story included in this anthology is called A Lesson in Magic. It’s about Erin who meets a wicked things coverfascinating man at a Halloween party. Only problem: Erin is gay and she doesn’t usually find men all that fascinating. But Raymond is different, and he is different in all the right ways.

Other stories included were written by Andi Marquette, Bridget Essex, Catherine Lane, Elaine Burnes, Erzabet Bishop, Eve Francis, Lois Cloarec Hart, May Dawney, Orhea the dreamer, Q. Kelly, R.G. Emanuelle, S.M. Harding, and Steph Gottschalk. Maybe you’ve come across their writing and are interesting in more? Maybe you have come across none of us yet but would like to discover some new authors of lesbian fiction? Here’s your chance.

Ylva Publishing put together this Goldie Award-winning selection. It’s available for kindle, ebook, and paperback.

Now, for my German readers. But let me skip… zu deutsch. Ja, ich schreibe auch in meiner Muttersprache. Weniger häufig, aber mit ebensoviel Enthusiasmus (hoffentlich!). Es gibt bisher zwei Veröffentlichungen von Kurzgeschichten auf deutsch von mir.

cover_A_Suche-Herz-mit-Namen_500x800Die erste ist ebenfalls eine Ylva-Anthologie: Suche Herz mit Namen. Sie beinhaltet sieben Geschichten von sieben Autorinnen und jede einzelne handelt von Liebe, dem Kennenlernen, dem besonderen Menschen, der die Herzen unserer Protagonistinnen höher schalgen lässt.

Meine Geschichte heißt Versch(l)ossen und handelt von Maike, die aus Versehen ihr Fahrrad mit einem andered zusammenschließt. Dies führt sie zu der Bekanntschaft von Katrin und Gefühlen, die bisher für Maike unbekannt waren.

Die anderen Autorinnen dieser Anthologie sind G.G. Barro, Sara Engels, Sandra Herzog, Jae, Katharina Kraemer, und Verena Martin. Interesse geweckt? Jede einzelne Geschichte ist lesenswert und berührend. Liebe in vielfältiger Form, aber mit Happy End-Garantie.

Zu kaufen natürlich bei Amazon, als ebook und auch als Taschenbuch.

Die zweite Anthologie, Heartbeatclub, ist eine queere Anthologie des Größenwahn Verlags. Sie verbindet queere Liebe mit Musik und Tanz, denn schließlich lieben wir alle Musik und lieben alle zu Musik. Der Soundtrack unserer ersten Liebe als Mix-Tape im Auto gehört, der Song in der Disco als du ihn das erste Mal gesehen hast, vielleicht die Tanzstunde, die soviel besser wurde, weil die Tanzlehrerin so heiß war?

Meine Geschichte heißt Unser erster-letzter Tanz und handelt von David, der auf der heartbeatclub (1)Verlobungsfeier seines Cousins der Transphobie seiner lieben Verwandten ausgesetzt ist. Doch die Feier wird zusehends besser als die Kellnerin Mandy sich für ihn zu interessieren beginnt. Doch wie beginnt man eine Liebe, wenn der eigene Körper ein Geheimnis ist, das man gerade erst selbst entdeckt?

Die anderen Autoren haben sich anderen queeren Themen zugewandt und eine lesbare (tanzbare?) Mischung kreiert. Geschichten von Nino Delia, Peter Nathschläger, Andrea Biernek, Levi Frost, Carsten Nagels, Jannis Plastargias (auch Herausgeber der Anthologie), Thomas Pregel, Juliane Seidel, Andrea Bielfeldt, S.A. Urban, Jens Christof Ruppin, Devin Sumarno, Andi Latte, und Ines Schmidt komplettieren ein Leseerlebnis.

Es gibt die Anthologie als Taschenbuch, ebook und kindle zu kaufen. Es lohnt sich!

Now, these are all last year’s news, I know. But there may be something coming next month that combines my writing with others’ writings with stories about bookworms. Interested? Check this out!

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Yes, dear readers, there’s going to be an anthology about book peeps by Ylva Publishing. Writers, readers, librarians, editors, what have you, they’ll all be part of this anthology. I’m superexcited! Are you? I thought you’d be. Only one month to wait. Make sure to get it while it’s still warm – or maybe sizzling hot?!

My story is called Wrote Trip and it’s about a writer going on a road trip in search of her muse. She meets a hitchhiker and things seem to go in a different direction from there.

I hope you found some good reading material here. And if you haven’t, well, I did post those links for you to browse too, you know. So many books, so little time.

December Blues

Am I really blue, or is this just this day’s feel? I’m not sure. I feel like the new year should begin already, so that I can make New Year’s Resolutions. This is not very productive, I know. But after-Xmas always feels like nowhere-land to me. I’m free-floating.

But that is no place, no state of mind to be in. So, let’s look forward, let’s think about all the great things that are gonna happen NEXT YEAR.

In writing: I’ve got three short stories I wanna write for submissions so far. I’ve already started on two and maybe that would be something good to do these last days of December, writing on them. One is a zombie-story. I actually enjoy writing something that is so very different. I remember before I read Cell by Stephen King, I was sure that there was no way to write a zombie-story. I guess I’ve come a long way. It always surprises me, the restrictions my logic brain puts on my imagination, and how my imagination just goes along with it until it is proven wrong. Gotta work on that.gale-zombiediaries

Resolution No. 1: Broaden Horizons.

The second short story is a love story that relates to writing/has a writer in it/is book related. I always criticize writers when they indulge in writing about writers, but I’ve done it in the past and will probably do it in the future. I’m doing it with this story. Why is it a bad thing? Because I feel it’s self-indulgent. I feel like nobody is quite as fascinated by writing and writers as writers are. But maybe I’m wrong. Gotta work on letting go of prejudices, of things I think I know, but just have a notion of.

Resolution No. 2: Be More Open-Minded, As Well As Open-Hearted

The third story is going to be a fairy tale of sorts. A new take on an old fairy tale. Mine will relate closely to that first short story, will be a sequel in a way. Fairy tales are in high command, a fad, a fashion. I like fairy tales, but I’m not going to use a Grimms’ tale or even Anderson. It will be a favorite, though. I’m gonna tell you all about it when I’m writing/have written it. The thing I’m especially happy about this and the first one, they’re genre works. They’ll both have a love story and a HEA/HFN (Happily Ever After/Happily For Now), but they’re genre fiction.

That’s something I actually wanna do more of. Taking a step back from romance and engage more with genres I haven’t written in yet. I wanna get my feet wet, try things out. That’s why I’m a writer, after all.

Resolution No. 3: Write Differently/Difference

sightlesseyesMy big project for 2016 will be The Sonnet Series. Come January, I’m gonna start with Sightless Eyes, a paranormal story of a girl seer. She discovers that her world is inhabited by supernatural creatures and that there’s a war going on, in secret. One of my inspirations for this were a couple of Shakespeare sonnets, hence the title(s). For this it’s sonnet 43.

Resolution No. 4: Read More Classics

There are probably more resolutions, there are always more resolutions, more things to do. But I guess these will help me with my writing, hopefully. There are also more projects, but I’ll tell you about them by and by. Who knows how much I’ll get done in 2016?

What are your resolutions, writing projects for next year? Tell me in the comments.

For now, I hope you’re enjoying the last days of 2015. Maybe you’re more inspired/motivated than I am. I hope so.

NaNoWriMo Update [2015.2]

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I guess a title change was in order, just so I don’t get too confused or confusing by using the same title too often (I might be planning to participate in NaNo years to come). That’s not the only change I made if you’ve seen my Home-page. Yes, it’s English only now, but I will add another page for my German Neuigkeiten.

That, however, has nothing to do with NaNo, I’m just a little more productive these days. But NaNo…it’s still going well, though I had two days of procrastination so far. It had a little to do with finishing Halfway Home. I don’t know what you do when you just finished a novel, but I usually take a couple of days to regroup, decide on a new project, let it all sink in.

This being NaNo, that wasn’t really possible. I had a hard time deciding what to do next. And, yes, I know I made that perfectly good list for the projects I wanted to write, but I’m kinda bad at following simple lists. I needed a new project.

So, because I had such a good time writing about werewolves (you can read Courage here and here now), I wanted to go back to the supernatural. And now I’m doing a zombie story. It’s for a submission call, so there are some directions to follow, but I have a good feeling about Gale: The Zombie Diaries. And, of course, I had to make a cover to go with it (you may have noticed the header looking a little different, I put up some covers of stories written, to be written, maybe never to be written who knows).

Yesterday was half-time NaNo and I reached my 25k words through sprints and some actual continual writing. The great thing about the NaNo sprints (you’re not familiar? it’s a twitter feed with great prompts and timed sprints @NaNoWordSprints) is that they go well with the diary style I’m writing. The prompts are so random and I get to write some additional diary entries using totally unrelated themes. It’s great.

So, NaNo is still a go at my house. How are you doing? Leave me a comment to let me know. Also: you’re awesome. Your writing is worth the effort. Go, writer, go!!!

Free short story [2]

Halloween’s over, I know. But it took me a little longer to write this short story for my favorite holiday. Now, it’s finished and I want you all – if willing – to read it. For free!

What’s it about?

Dean Sutter is a hunter on the way to the small town Courage. A school bus full of couragehigh school students is on its way to Courage as well. Therein lies the problem for Dean, because Courage is a werewolf town.

While Dean is set on rescuing the teens from the wild beasts that come out at full moon, things are not quite as they seem. Confused, Dean turns toward the very creatures they’ve been fighting for seven years.

You might be confused by the ‘they’ve’ in that last sentence, at least at first sight. Yes, Dean is transgender and their preferred pronoun is the singular they. I guess it’s a little different from what you might have read so far, or maybe it’s just different from what you’ve read by me so far. It was a first for me, but Dean made their gender and pronoun quite clear to me early on. I couldn’t have written it any other way.

This said, I hope you’ll enjoy my little Halloween story. I put it up on wattpad and tablo.

Happy (belated) Halloween!

NaNoWriMo Update [1]

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So, how is everybody’s NaNo going? I’d really like to know and would be thrilled if you told me in the comments.

My own NaNo endeavor is going great so far. I’ve written every day, though I haven’t reached my daily requirements the last few days. I had a little bit of family time to do – doing it gladly, of course. But I’m still on track, ’cause I worked a little more intensively the first five days.

I finished project 2 – Courage – on Tuesday. I’m really glad how it turned out. It’s a Halloween story, so I’m late, but I guess it’s also good reading for any kind of November night when it’s raining and shadows look like critters you’d rather not have lurking in your apartment.

I’m especially proud of Courage, because it’s something I haven’t done before. I’m not talking about the supernatural part of it, I have done something like that before, though not with werewolves. My protagonist is transgender, and I used the singular they pronoun. It was a little confusing at first, but by the end I had gotten used to it and it went really well.

I haven’t gotten to editing it yet, but I hope I can do that next week, so you should be able to read Courage by the next weekend – hopefully.

Today, I finished project 3 – Halway Home. While I’m feeling good about Courage, I feel like dancing for having finished Halfway Home. It was a holiday project for last year, but it turned longer and now it’s a novel of almost 75k words. I’m really, really proud and happy. There’s still a lot of work to do, because it’s the first draft, but I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing for the first time – though there’ll be mistakes galore.

I hope to get it published, but that’s still far away.

So, two of five projects down. I’m thinking about starting another novel, actually, but haven’t decided for sure yet. I mean, it’s a great feeling when it’s finished, I just don’t want to fill too much onto my plate. Everything is so fragile, inspiration, time, motivation. But NaNo is certainly working for me this year.

I’m at 16k words, and I still have some words to write today. I hope you’re all doing great, but if not: Writing is hard. Any writing you do is magic. You’re awesome.

Okay, tell me how it’s going in the comments. And write, write, write!

Happy NaNoWriMo 2015

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Ah, November, finally. I love November, unlike a lot of people. I love the first cold days, the rainy days you spent at home with a novel and tea, the chills it gives you. And then there’s NaNoWriMo, and I’ve come to like that a lot too.

Since my prep post in September, some things have happened. Or rather, they didn’t happen. I’ve thought I would have done a lot more writing, finishing some things. But I haven’t. That’s why I’m going to do NaNo a little differently this year.

I will be writing on different projects during NaNo. And yes, one of them will be to finish a novel I’ve been writing on for over a year now – or not writing, however you wanna see it. I found that I would feel better if I finished these other projects before delving into a new one. So, this is kinda bits and pieces-NaNo.

If you’re wondering what I’ll be up to during NaNo:

Project 1: Finishing a dream, an obsession, a nightmare that kept me up for over three years now. I can’t go on with life unless I’m writing this and it’s only roughly 1,500 words I’ll still have to write – in German.

courageProject 2: Courage – After Dark. A short story I had planned to finish for Halloween. I’m a little late, but the story turned out longer than I had anticipated. I’m around 8.000 words now. Not sure, how long it’ll be in the end, but it’s something you’ll be able to read sometime in November, I guess. I’ll keep you updated.

Project 3: Halfway Home. The novel. I’ve started this as a holiday short story for last year, but it got longer and now I’m at 68k words. That’s what happens sometimes, but I’m looking forward to finishing it. I guess another 10k words will do it, hopefully.

Project 4: A short story. I have the idea and title for this one, but don’t wanna go into it too much. It’s still in a dark space of my brain, because I didn’t have the time to think about it much. I want it to be around 7,000 words. We’ll see.

Project 5: Remembering Amy. The idea is very old. It was actually a novel I started in rememberingamyGerman, but now I’ve been rethinking the concept and want to turn it into a short story or novella, depending on how long it will turn out to be. It can’t really be done in the way I envisioned it before – too sentimental, almost soap story-like.

Those are the projects I want to work on. Hopefully, I can finish all of them, or at least most of them. Some of these projects have been haunting me for some time and I actually found it a relief when I decided to schedule them for NaNo. I’ll probably be updating you every Sunday about my progress.

Happy writing to all who participate on NaNoWriMo – and those who don’t too. Virtual pen to paper, lovelies. Let’s go!

Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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What? You say it’s not Halloween yet? But it is. Halloween is in October and October is all about Halloween, so, basically, it’s Halloween all October ’round.

And I LOVE Halloween. It’s the one holiday where I don’t have to wonder ‘what happened in the bible again?’ or ‘what happened in Germany on this day so many years ago?’ And what’s even better: it’s not even really a holiday here in Germany. 31st October is actually Reformation Day (something to do with Martin Luther, I think).

That’s not to say that we don’t do Carnival stuff and costume thingys. I remember, when I was a kid, we would actually go from door to door getting candy. But we called that ‘Rummelpott,’ we did it on 31st December, and all the neighborhood kids did it together and we sang for the peeps. The costume theme wasn’t scary, either, so it really wasn’t the same thing and kids don’t do that anymore.

Some are celebrating Halloween here, too. I guess, they’re trying to establish a tradition here, but most older folks don’t catch on, so not everyone’s having candy for the kids. It’s a little embarrassing, our need to do as the cool kids do (meaning ‘merica).

For me as writer it’s a great thing, though. Halloween brings the scary to the virtual page. Last year, that meant my story A Lesson in Magic was published in the award winning anothology Wicked Things (you should totally get it and read it on All Hallow’s). This year, well, I couldn’t get out of my head to submit a story to an anthology, but a couple nights ago, I had a strange dream about werewolves and obstinate teenagers. And I thought, yeah, why not write that story for Halloween.

Well, I am writing this story and so my muse will, I’ll have it for you shortly before Halloween so you may indulge. It’ll be all free and hopefully scary. Let’s see if I can do that. I’d like to, you know, put up some more stuff of mine in the near future. Possibly poetry, but also a few short stories…getting back into the flow of things.

Well, I hope you have a scary October, lovelies. And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Writing Projects [2015]

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Ah, December. For me, December is kind of the month-equivalent to Neverland, a place in time when tv specials remind us of what happened this year and we already look toward next year, our plans, our resolutions. Nobody really lives in December, it’s all about the past and the future and, of course, Christmas. In my immediate family, there are still three birthdays to be celebrated and I layaway from one of them to the next until one week later there’s Christmas and another week later it’s New Year’s.

So, I decided to forego all pretense and tell you about my writing plans for 2015, since it’s practically almost here now.

I feel like 2014 has been a wake-up call for me as writer to finally take my passion for the written word seriously. I want to write – I want to write more than anything else in my life and I’m willing to make sacrifices. I’m also willing to work hard (yeah, I know NaNoWriMo kinda showed what a lazy scribe I am, but never mind that now) and maybe even stick to a schedule. Maybe…

Of course, should I come across an awesome idea that just lies there and trips me, I might stop what I’m writing immediately to write that first. But for now, I looked through my stuff, some of it older than the Moses of a web book I’m working on, and found some projects I’d like to write next year.

Here’s they:

Halfway Home – will be first. I still like the story and I’m still thinking about it. I started writing this as a Christmas short story but it got to be longer than I anticipated and now it’s at 18,916 words and far from finished.

It’s about two women from New York who meet in Cincinnati – Dina is on her way to Denver to possibly spend her last Christmas with her father who’s very sick, and Kerry is celebrating Christmas with her family and ex. They get to talking as Dina is stranded there because of bad weather and when her father dies, Kerry invites her to spend Christmas with her family.

What I like most about the story is that it’s a character piece. Dina and Kerry are very different from their background and way of living but they find common ground. There’s Kerry’s boisterous family and Dina’s rather stocky, conservative family, Dina is a hot shot lawyer and Kerry a carpenter. They don’t have much in common but they meet when they’re both lonely and need somebody in their lives who’s got nothing to do with their lives. That’s the connection. As they return to New York, there will be other people, too, friends mostly. Some of them will keep them apart, others may work to get them together.

That, at least, is the plan for the story. I still have a lot of writing to do and am glad for it. I think Dina and Kerry are among my favorite characters I have created. I’m looking forward to writing them again.

I’m not sure with which story I’ll continue, so those next projects are in no particular order.

Carpe Tempus – is the novel I worked on for NaNoWriMo, and while I didn’t finish it, I still think it’s a good idea and would like to work on it further.

Wells Brandis returns to her hometown after her mother died to sort through her belonging and sell her house. She has never been especially close with her mother due to the older woman’s secretiveness. While she tries to find out who her mother really was, she has to deal with her own problems and relationships.

It’s drama, make no mistake. Every now and then, I like to bury myself in something truly sticky and dramatic – today is not one of those days and I find writing about it a little tiresome. It’s not in and of itself but I still find it difficult to write about – so, I guess, this is not the first thing I’ll be writing after Halfway Home, but I still want to return to it next year, we’ll see. There’s always November, though I’m not sure I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo next year.

On the Rebound (aka Playing the Game) – is the German text I’m planning to work on next year. I decided to add a German text because I genuinely like writing in German, every once in a awhile but not all the time. It’s a very prosaic language and great for literary ambitions.

The story is about two girls meeting in high school and falling hard for each other. The story is told in retrospects when one of them, Lane, tells the story of their love to her daughter after meeting the other, Amy, unexpectedly at the airport. I’ve already written a lot for this story, over 70,000 words, but there’s so much work to be done on it… I’m not even sure where to begin, but I’d like to make this chaotic first draft readable at some point.

For the German projects of the future, I’m pretty sure I’ll be using old ideas, stories I haven’t been working on in years, maybe. The idea to On the Rebound dates back probably about ten years if not more. I didn’t even add dates to my stories then which says a lot – the young always think there’s so much time, and that their stories will be written in a flurry. I’m looking forward to working on this one, because it means facing a younger me and editing her horrible writing into something readable.

Love, Unexpected – is a new idea, one I had only weeks ago. I think it’s good. One of the things about myself that baffles even me, is that I’m obsessed with certain tropes or themes. And the most surprising is probably the Wedding theme. And I’m talking heterosexual wedding, and as such a heteronormative background for my lesbian romances. I guess it’s not that difficult to see the appeal, as all queers constantly live in a background of heteronormativity and the wedding of yet another relative or friend is just part of everybody’s life.

In this story, Greer Tomlinson, an arts dealer in California, is returning home to South Carolina for the wedding of one of her high school friends. Her girlfriend is not happy with her going and their fight might be the end of the relationship but Greer still leaves. Her friends  from way back when haven’t changed much, at least not the bride and her best friend. Sara and Caroline are still taunting other people for being different – among them Sara’s sister Madison who is an out lesbian. You know how it goes from there, Sara falls for Madison while she’s in South Carolina and the wedding is the beautiful, yet slightly neurotic backdrop for it.

I love homecoming-stories, especially for a wedding. I don’t know why but there are quite the number of films – most of them tv movies – that I like. You know, just spending an afternoon watching Bridesmaids with Sela Ward… it’s weird, but I like it. Kinda like watching High School Musical with my mom, it just makes me happy.

Sightless Eyes – last but not least. I already wrote about this in my latest post about MyNoWriMo. I’m planning on a little different NaNoWriMo which will probably happen in June, thus MyNoWriMo. We’ll see how and if this will happen, but the idea for this novel is a big one – it’s actually a trilogy.

I call it The Sonnet Series. Each part has a Shakespeare Sonnet as inspiration and the title is from the respective sonnet, too. For Sightless Eyes the inspiration is Sonnet 43. It’s the story of Hunter Fielding who doesn’t know it yet, but she’s a gamechanger in the undeclared war between humans and supernatural creatures. Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic but she has visions and those visions help the extraordinary creatures in the town where she now lives with relatives to fight a supreme enemy.

Cryptic enough? I don’t want to give away too much. The Sonnet Series is one of my big projects. The idea is from June last year and it’s been marinating in my brain some. It’s one of three very ambitious projects, one where I want to step out from my usual genre of lesbian romance and simply make a queer character the hero of a different genre. Hunter is said character and she will have her share of emotional turmoil over creatures she’ll meet but it’s mostly about her fight against the discrimiinating force that wants to kill her, too, now that she’s discovering her powers.

Those are the projects I want to work on – and hopefully finish – next year. Yeah, ambitious, I know, but I think it’s doable. We’ll see whether I’m right or not – it could be me overestimating myself, of course.  I’m looking forward to next year,  though, but have to get back to this year and my revisions on The Affair.

Carpe tempus, lovelies.