Planning the Year's Writing

Braving the Illinois Tundra
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I had a snow day today, and I decided it would be a good time to sit down and evaluate what kind of writing I have ahead of me for 2010.

For starters, the follow-up to The Pack: Winter Kill will be due. I’ll need to turn in an outline soon so my editor at Evileye Books knows what’s coming, then I’ll get into the writing itself.

I realized today that I have four short stories to write, too. Three of them are by invitation, and the fourth is part of a group project some friends and I are kicking around. It’s been a while since I’ve had to do much with short stories, so it feels strange to suddenly have them in demand.

I did write one short story last year, also by invitation, and this week I heard I should be seeing a contract on it shortly and the book should go to print by the end of the year. I’ve had a glimpse at the list of contributors, and I’m happy to say I’m in good company on this one. I look forward to telling you more.

Also due this year will be the second graphic novel in the The Pack series. As I mentioned last week, the new version of the first graphic novel, Chimaera, has been turned in to the publisher. By the time I finish the second prose book, it’ll be time to dig right into the second OGN script.

Which still leaves me with Powerless, the novel I’ve been sitting on for a few years now, and Sick Day, another novel that’s been rolling around in my head for a few months. They’re unfortunately sitting on a back burner because they’re not under contract, but if I can get my act together I may still be able to squeeze them in by the end of the year.

The way things are going out there, we’re shaping up for another snow day tomorrow. The biggest problem we have out here is the wind. The IDOT crews, by policy, don’t clear the entire road, but even when they do manage some progress, the winds coming across the empty fields undoes their work. Even if they can keep up with the main roads, the country roads tend to stay nasty, which means the school buses can’t get around, so school gets closed for the day.

I’m not going to complain. It’s just more time to get real work done.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. JohnU says:

    Good luck with the snow day! Around here, snow days are…well, unlikely…yet some forecasters have suggested snow…

  2. Mike says:

    No snow day, so it’s off to work in a bit. The heavier snow and winds must have just missed us because a district just a little way southwest of us is closed. Oh well.