Monday, April 11, 2016

On A New Project

Once again, I've let my blog lapse for nearly a year, not because I didn't have anything to say (I always do), but because I didn't necessarily feel that this was the time or place to say it. Now that I have some interesting new happenings in my writer life, I'm renewing my blogging efforts. I'm hoping to give my blog/website a fresh new look later this year, but for now, welcome back to Allie On Life. I've missed this. Have you?

So, what are these new writerly happenings? Here's what I can tell you: Earlier this year the CEO of Lineage Media and Solutions hired me and a couple other authors to write some novels to tie in with some of the company's creative projects. Last week, we met for two days at the office in beautiful Bellevue, WA to connect and collaborate and discover the world these novels are set in, as well as the plots and characters of our books, and how they all tie together in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. To say that it was fun would be an understatement. I'm hoping I played it cool and professional, like hanging out with other authors is something I totally do and I totally know what I'm talking about and all that, but basically I was geeking out for two days straight and IT WAS AWESOME!!

And now I'm going to write an actual book that other people are actually going to read. Again, playing it cool while totally doing the inner geek out thing. This is gonna be so fun. And crazy. And hard. And you, dear reader, whether you be real or imaginary (because imaginary friends are people too) are invited along for the ride.

The book I'm writing is basically a historical fantasy written from a Christian worldview. At least that's how I'm choosing to describe it. I'm keeping the title and premise secret because it's just so awesome that the world isn't ready for it quite yet. Is that sarcasm? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe you'll never know...

Because this is a historical novel, I'm starting out with historical research. Oh. Yes. I'm trying not to get too carried away because there is a book to write, sooner rather than later but hey have I ever mentioned I have a BA in History and an MLS in Library and Information Science? Well, I do. And yes it's been awhile since I've had a chance to do some historical research so yes I'm excited about the chance to do it. And yes there are people in the world who enjoy research. We're called nerds, people. There are a lot more of us out there than you'd think. Why do you think The Big Bang Theory is such a popular show? It's because everyone either knows a nerd or is a nerd. But I digress...

Along with the fun stuff about writing, like hanging out and talking about writerly things with other writers, and historical research, and plotting, and actually writing, there's some boring housekeeping kinds of stuff. Some of it is quite literally housekeeping. I need to create a space in my house where I can be a writer, since at the moment I'm a little bit too broke to rent a table (buy a latte) at Starbucks three or four times a week. I also need to make myself a schedule since the one or two hours a week that I've spent writing lately will not be enough to write a real actual novel in time for my real actual deadline. So this week I'll probably use most of my writing time for things like that, and setting up my notebook, and starting things like a basic outline and a list of questions that I'm hoping my research will answer. I'll check in here periodically to give an update on how things are going. You are cordially invited to tag along via this blog. I'm hoping it'll be a fun ride.

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting, Allison. Nice ideas!!!! I'll be praying for you!!!

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Hey, please comment! When no one comments I feel like no one is reading this, and then I have to do really annoying things like nag my friends to read it so that I feel like there is some purpose in what I do. Yeah, I am that pathetic sometimes. (By the way, you might want to copy your comment before you try to post it, because sometimes people have trouble with the page eating their comments)