My Theme Song This Past Week

I discovered Against the Current a while ago (thanks, Pandora!) and now that things seem to be turning around, their song Comeback Kid resonates on a whole new level. Especially this part:

You got this subtle kind of way about you that pulls me under but I won’t drown.
It’s gonna take a whole lot more than that to ever bring me down.


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

My early birthday present to me…

…putting aside these guys for a while…

…and diving into my paranormal police procedural.

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Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Try Everything…When Writing a Novel

Try Everything is the most accurate song about writing that I have ever heard. Especially this part of the chorus that defines revision:
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Until I reach the end and then I’ll start again.

And if you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, you should go do that.


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Color Me Impressed

When your character says something awesome.

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Novel Soundtrack: Narrator

If you’re far enough along on my bi-weekly emails, you’ll know that I have a crap novel soundtrack for Narrator. If you’re everyone else? I have a crap novel soundtrack for Narrator. Seriously, it’s three songs from Swan Lake. Over and over and over…

Or at least, it was.

Now I’ve found actually relevant songs thanks to Bea Miller! So it’s…you know…three different songs over and over and over…

But here’s the best one. As in I think there are only two or three lines that don’t actually fit. First verse is Calder, second verse is Arianna. Listen and be amazed…at how much you trust me to tell you it’s accurate.

(For the writing group friends who were horribly spoiled on the ending, this song makes total sense, right? Right? Because it totally does.)

Update 1/28/16: If you’re interested in the other two novel soundtrack songs, listen to Perfect Picture for Arianna and Paper Doll for Calder.


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It Is and Is Not Calder

When I realized that my main character is basically Schrödinger’s cat on a large scale.

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(And here’s a bonus, thanks Exploding Kittens.)

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Old Grievances

That moment when you reach the end of the first draft and the two characters who had begged you for a romance decide that they just want to be friends.

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Hiatus: Over

Starting January 1st, I have taken great pains to write every day. I don’t have a word count goal or a time goal. I’m writing random scene snippets from all over the book.

But I am writing.

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Still Here.

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Yup, I’m still here. Been dealing with crappy issues over the past months, so I haven’t been doing much of note. I’m on a self-imposed writing hiatus until the new year. Hoping the break does me good.

But you can’t turn off a writer’s brain, so my hiatus hasn’t stopped me from brainstorming about Narrator and other projects. Specifically a paranormal police procedural series I want to do after Narrator. (The Supernatural-inspired one mentioned here. Figured out how to serialize it. BTW, that anthology never went anywhere because of aforementioned crappy issues.)

Anyway, this is where I send out a call for reading recommendations! I want to read paranormal police procedurals to see a) what’s been done, and b) how other authors did it.

What’s a paranormal police procedural? Think iZombie. Assistant ME who’s a zombie and uses her zombie powers to help a police detective solve murders. I’m looking for that kind of thing, not private investigator stuff. (So no Dresden Files. I’ve already read some of those, not what I want.)

So: who has suggestions? I will give you virtual chocolate chip cookies. Not actual chocolate chip cookies, I hate baking. I could buy you cookies, I suppose…maybe if I really liked what you suggested…


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And Now for Something Completely Different

keith-margos-murder-mystery-dinner-at-matteos-los-angeles-caI hate to admit it, but I think I need a break from Narrator. I haven’t written at all in the past few weeks, and I need to write something or I will explode. SO. I’ve decided to write an anthology of three murder mystery short stories. I’m hoping that writing this will help me in the Narrator department as well.

All of the stories will be fantasy (of course). Two of them will be related to series I want to write after Narrator. The first is set in an alternative 1910* England, where magic has been outlawed. I’ve already got a great mystery lined up for it. The second is a little murkier since my plans for this series have undergone many iterations over the years, so that’s definitely in the TBD category.

The third short story isn’t based on a future series, unless I want to turn it into one. It’s an off-shoot of the Supernatural fanfic I’ve been playing in my head these last few weeks. I specifically designed this “episode” to not rely on the Supernatural mythology so that I could easily turn it into an original piece. Again, great mystery lined up, if I do say so myself.

Now, why murder mysteries? I enjoy them, but never thought of writing one. Then when you consider that the Supernatural-inspired story is already a murder mystery, and my 1910 series is already a thriller/mystery series, the common thread is plain enough.

I’m also going to try putting my new technique idea into practice. Scrivener has a “screenplay” mode. My theory is that a) it will be easier to let the action flow, and b) it’ll help me curb my tendency to expand the crap out of my plot. Seriously, I always get stampeded by subplots. It’s ridiculous. So sticking to a 45-60 page screenplay should nip that in the bud, right?

Hopefully working on this anthology will begin to allow me to work on Narrator again, and I’ll just switch back and forth for a while. Wish me luck! *crosses fingers*

 

* What? No, I didn’t set it in 1910 so that a few books down the road I could set one on the Titanic. Why would you think such a thing?


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.