Catching up with Jenna

I just had an over-2,700 word writing session, which is pretty heavy output for me unless I’m nearing the end of the book. My hands are tired, and my brain is a little tired, too. I thought I’d borrow a page from some of my fellow Dames and do a “catching up” post. I figure I can scrape together enough creative energy to manage that. And I’m sure Dames readers will have mercy on me and refrain from pointing and laughing if a typo or two get past me.

What I’m working on right now. As often seems to be the case, I am juggling two projects at once. I’m working on the first draft of Resistance, which is the second book in my new YA series that will be debuting next year. (The first book is Replica, and it doesn’t have a firm release date yet.) I’m also working on revisions on Rogue Descendant, which is the third book in my Nikki Glass series. It’s due out April 30 of next year.

I tend to work on new drafts early in the day, and then switch to editing later in the day, after I start getting tired. (For whatever reason, editing doesn’t take as much out of me, even when it involves rewriting large sections of text.) I should also shortly have edits for my Nikki Glass novella, and will at some point get line edits for Replica. My hope is that these won’t both land on me at the same time before I’ve finished the Rogue Descendant edits–working on four projects at once would probably break my brain–but Murphy often has a say in these things.

What’s coming up. After I finish up everything I mentioned above, it will be time to start working on the final book in the Replica series. I’m not expecting to be able to start it immediately, however, as I prefer to have the edits on the current book in before I start on the next one. (I have a horror that I’ll get halfway through a book and then find out my editor wants me to get rid of or radically change a character from the previous book and I’ll have to start over.) So it’s possible I might have a couple weeks of FREE TIME around the holidays. It would be kinda nice to have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s off for once. Of course, there are still copy edits and page proofs to come for all the projects mentioned in the previous paragraph, so those will probably do away with the whole free time idea. But until that actually happens, I can dream!

Publishing schedule. As I mentioned, Rogue Descendant is scheduled for April 30th. The novella, “Pros and Cons,” is scheduled for February 26th. I’m still not sure of the release date for Replica, except that it’s likely to be next summer.

News. I recently unveiled the cover art for Rogue Descendant, which I LOVE. I’ve been given some preliminary sketches of the cover for Replica. That cover is still very much a work in progress, so I can’t show it to anyone yet. (Everyone say it with me: awwwwww.) I think the end result is going to be great, and I can’t wait to show it off.

Other random stuff. I just returned from Writer’s Police Academy, which was held in Greensboro, NC last weekend. It was absolutely awesome! I learned so much my head threatened to explode, and got to see fascinating demos. I got to ride in the back of an ambulance with EMTs, treating a “patient” who wasn’t breathing. (Considering the patient was a dummy, getting him to breathe was beyond our capabilities. But, dammit, we tried!) During the ride, I discovered I’d made a false assumption when writing Rogue Descendant, and since I just happen to be editing now, I can actually fix it!

I also saw a presentation on arson, in which I could check a few other assumptions I’d made, so I feel a lot better about the manuscript now. I even got to participate in a mock riot, putting on the riot gear and marching into a “hostile” crowd who were hurling tennis balls at us. Okay, they were really gently lobbing them at us, but the whole experience gave me new respect for those who have to march in when bottles and rocks are being thrown. Even holding a big shield, it was hard not to flinch when something flew straight at me, and of course the shield didn’t cover my whole body.

If you ever have a chance to go to Writer’s Police Academy, I highly recommend it. It’s fascinating stuff, and it can fill in a lot of holes in your knowledge and add more tools to your plotting toolbox.

About Dame Jenna

Jenna Black got her BA in physical anthropology from Duke University. She dreamed she’d be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making discoveries about primate behavior. But then she did some research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend about 80% of their time doing exciting things like sleeping and eating. Concluding this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she moved on to such jobs as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She writes urban fantasy for Bantam Dell and young adult urban fantasy for St. Martin’s.

Comments

  1. It definitely sounds like you’ve got a busy schedule going on! I hope for your sake that you don’t end up with both sets of edits at the same time. Four projects going at once would definitely cause headaches. Lots of them. And I hope you get that free time around the holidays! Free time every now and then is great. :)

  2. Guess what I just found when I looked at my email? Yep, edits for “Pros and Cons.” That’ll teach me. LOL

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