ottobre 25, 2012

Stuff to do before 2013...

So! There are a few things I'd like to accomplish before the end of the year. Some are deadlines, some are projects I started as far back as February and that I'd like to complete before the year is up. Some tasks have absolute priority - such as the Phd proposal - and I have to take into account that, once I go back to Italy on December 8th, I won't have a lot of free time to work. Between greeting relatives and friends, the emotional crisis I foresee when I'll have to come to terms with a cat-less house, Christmas stuff, and minor surgery on my shoulder and under my arm... ugh, I have no idea if I'll manage to do everything I'd like to!
Anyway, I decided to write the list here, so hopefully peer pressure will at least help me avoid the procrastination trap. There isn't much I can do about the other circumstances, but at least that one... :)

To do List - November & December 2012

• Phd Proposal (deadline December 1st)
• edits of Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonder for Weight of a Gun II anthology
• proofreader edits of Cut & Run translation
• final round of corrections on 18& Gray translation

• write short story about deal with the devil
• finish short story Bounty Hunter II (the sequel), currently at 6000 words (started in June)
• revise first draft of novel The Traitor (sequel to The Mercenary (started in January, complete and abandoned since February)

Phew... I foresee an increased consumption of coffee in my immediate future :)!

ottobre 19, 2012

And the winner is...

Dear friends,

thank you all for taking part in the poll! It was a hard battle. It was a close finish between the three top stories, while the other two only got one vote each! So, without further ado, I give you the winner...

First Place: The one with Two Princes!

Second Place: tie between The one in Post-Apocalyptic Florence and The one in Steampunk London

Third Place: tie between The one with the Sulphur and The one with the Lightning Flower

Thank you all for participating! The story of our two princes, dealing with deceitful kings, evil advisors, and a friendly democratic dragon, will be the first one I will write in 2013. Considering it's been languishing in my notebook for two or three years, I'd say it's about time! It came to me one afternoon, as I was walking home in my tiny Italian town, listening to music on shuffle, and the song 'Two Princes' by Spin Doctors came up. And I thought, "Hmmm... two princes! What could I do with that?" And the rest, as they say, is history ;)

I leave you with this beautiful drawing by Takmaj, posted with permission of the author. Do check out her DA gallery!

ottobre 15, 2012

Pick the first book Cornelia will write in 2013!

Hello, dear friends!

2012 was a memorable, super-busy year for me. (I know technically it's not over yet - but, for me, it's already fully booked ;) ). There were some great things going on. I handed in my thesis for university; graduated; had internships in all sorts of great places; moved in with my boyfriend (when I'm in Italy, at least!); had my whole family come visit me in the UK for the wonderful graduation ceremony. There were also very sad things. And these last two months will be intense too: I have to hand in a Phd proposal which will pretty much determine the next 4 years of my life!

So, this year, I had to put writing on the backburner. But I kept accumulating ideas nonetheless - and now I have a pile of plots, and I just need to pick which one I'll start with. So, dear friends, I thought I'd ask for your input with this poll. Which of the stories listed below would you like to read first?

Pop to my livejournal for the blurbs of the five possible stories and the poll!

Blurb and Poll: this way!