A Bit of Exciting News

Oh, hey guys. What’s up with me you say? Well, not much. You know, the usual. Except for one little thing. I’ll remember it here in a second here, what was it- OH YEAH, WE FINISHED OUR FIRST DRAFT!!!!

That’s right folks, a little more than two months after I wrote an email to Ellie Soderstrom  saying “Hey, you ever think about cowriting a story?” we’ve finished the final scenes in the first draft of said story.

Our novel, currently under the working title, Darn, We Really Need to Come with a Cool Title for This Thing is a love story about a boy and girl living in a steampunk version of ancient Persia. When the girl is taken to be a member of the king’s harem, the boy sets out to free her. But in the process both of them become enmeshed in an ancient battle between the stalwart clockwork soldiers known as the Cogsmen and a powerful alien race who men worship as gods.

Wanna read it? Well you can’t. Probably not for a good while yet. After all it is only a first draft. But I gotta tell you, it’s a strong first draft.There are copious amounts of polish needed before you readers can see it, but the story is basically strong. And the main reason for that comes from the strengths of this collaborative project.

I know I’ve talked about this in the past, but there is just something powerful about having someone you can call up and say, “I’m having some problems with this scene,” and being able to talk it out. Add to that the amount of preplanning we did on our characters’ backstories (very little of which made it into the story, by the way) and world building, and you’ve got a great foundation to build a great story on.

And I don’t want to jinx it or anything, but…I’ve got a good feeling about this one. This could finally be the story that lands us an agent and goes the distance to publication. Fingers crossed.

So what’s next? Well for me it’s on to  the final edits on The Mulch Pile. I’ve had them in hand for a while now, but I’d been putting them off in order to finish this project. For Ellie’s part, I hear she’s working on some kind of script thingy (though personally I still have my doubts if this whole “movie” craze is going to really last.)

And after we’ve let it cool for a bit, we’ll come back to our book and sort out what kinds of changes need to happen to solidify the story.

And after that…well like I said. Fingers crossed.

What about the rest of y’all? Got some exciting writing news? Share it in the comments will you? We’d love to hear about it. Also, if you’ve got a great title idea for a romance involving robots and aliens, help us out here. We’re seriously not sure what to call this thing.

18 responses to “A Bit of Exciting News

  1. Fantastic job! Way to go Ellie and Al!

  2. Congratulations! That’s quite an ambitious plot. 🙂

    Since you asked . .
    Not being privy to any other details, how about referencing the history of Persia / Iran, the nuanced sub-genre clockpunk (clocksprings in your clockwork soldiers), and the act of “springing” someone with “Andronovo Spring”?

  3. *big, long, happy sigh* We Did it!!

  4. Congrats! Of course that was the “fun” part….it’s all rewrites now. Looking forward to the eventual finished product?

    My good news? New covers for the mystery series and I really love them. *does happy dance* http://keriknutson.wordpress.com/

    which of course means I now have no excuse not to write the next book….

  5. Congratulations! Sounds like a winner!!

  6. Yay! That’s great news! Looking forward to seeing where everything goes. Can’t wait to read it!

  7. I hope it goes well for you!

  8. Yay! Fab Friday (or any day) news!

  9. Ellie and Albert, I am so proud/impressed/happy for you!! (pick one :-))


  10. Good Lu Jair your book.

  11. Congratulations! Finishing a first draft is big!

  12. Oh very awesome! Sounds like you have a great writing partner, Ellie is awesome, and so are you so I know the story has to be strong. Impressive timeline too, you must share your secrets!

  13. Love the story description. I’m intrigued, and I don’t usually go for the fantasy so much. Good job!

  14. First off, congrats! I bet it feels great to have that first draft done.

    Second… Title. Just being silly here, but “Love in the Times of Cogs and Wheels” ? I know, not great, but hey maybe it will help you come up with something. Know any Persian?

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