What I’ve Been Up To

As usual, I am terrible out updating my blog. For those who follow but whom I don’t see on a regular basis, I thought I’d take a few minutes to let you know where I am and what I’m working on.

The biggest project I’m engaged with at the moment is a rewrite of my latest novel, White Bone Spirit.

White Bone Spirit is a hardboiled fantasy novel set in San Francisco in 1926. The protagonist, Andrew Tychus, a failed sorcerer, has come to San Francisco after being expelled from Shanghai for accidentally freeing a powerful demon known as the White Bone Spirit. He finds work at a supernatural detective agency and soon finds himself tangled up in a case involving a stolen magical watch, a womanizing New York fat cat, and an obsessed stage magician. But after a string of brutal killings, Andrew realizes that the White Bone Spirit has come for him. In order to save his new friends and himself, Andrew will have to risk everything on the chance that maybe he’s not a complete failure after all.

I finished the first draft back in February, before going to London, and I’m working on the first big rewrite. I hope to have this draft finished by the early January.

In other news, I’ve got five stories and a poem on submission. The poem actually garnered an amazing personal rejection from Strange Horizons, so I’m excited to see if I can place it somewhere else.

I’ve also written four new stories in the last couple of months. Two YA-adventure stories, one humorous fantasy, and one more literary fantasy story. Once I finish the rewrite of WBS, I’ll get to work revising those.

Earlier this month, I was privileged to attend the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. It was a really excellent con. Not only did I get to spend the weekend hanging out with my very wonderful friends from Viable Paradise 17, I got the opportunity to meet many other fine writers and excellent peoples from other Viable Paradise classes and also from the Codex online writer’s group. Thank you all for a wonderful weekend. Special thanks to those who helped me obtain a membership after they were officially sold out.

In addition to these fine folks, I had the opportunity to talk with many other talented authors, editors, and agents whose work I admire, including Joe Haldeman, Howard Taylor, Ted Chiang, Django Wexler, Sheila Williams, Joshua Bilmes, Guy Gavriel Kay, and many many more!

There’s nothing like coming together to remind you that while writing may be a solitary act, being a writer is also being a part of a community.

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About shannonrampe

Author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, philosopher, gamer, and training development project manager. View all posts by shannonrampe

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