Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Future Tense

This doesn’t actually have anything to do with tenses—it’s not Thursday, so it’s not word time. It’s just a title.

I believe I have the idea that will turn into the book I write this year. It takes place in the far future and, shockingly enough, there’s not an apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) thing about it.

I can sense your shock. After all, this is me we’re talking about here. The last four books I’ve written have been varying degrees of apocalyptic. But not this one. Could it be…that I’ve finally run out of apocalyptic scenarios? What a depressing thought.

Anyway, while my not writing an apocalyptic story is clearly a tragedy, it does give me the chance to explore something else. Really, my new project isn’t all that different from my other works. It’s an action story with a sci-fi bent, just like four of the previous five (the fifth being an action story with a paranormal bent). There’s a little more sci-fi this time around, what with it taking place about five hundred years from now, but it takes place on Earth and there are no aliens of any kind, so it’s a far cry from hard science fiction. Plus, the biggest shocker of all, it’s not YA.

I know. Let that sink in for a minute.

I’m really having a lot of fun with it—a bit too much, since I haven’t been keeping up with all the things I’m supposed to be doing for REMEMBER. But I’m using being stressed out by querying as an excuse. It’s a lot easier to get lost in a new project than an old one.

What have you guys been up to lately? Do you stick to one genre, or do you like to stretch your writing muscles in other ones, too?


  1. No young adult is fine with me! So is the fact it's not hard science fiction. Run with the idea, JE.

  2. I want to know what a "paranormal bent" is. Or just what a "bent" is. I'll probably figure out the paranormal once I know about the bent.
    Okay, I'll stop now.

    Why 500 years?

  3. I write in different genres, so it takes a bit of a different mindset going right in.

  4. It's good to try something different. I like to write across genres, although I tend to always come back to my true love: YA contemporary. But I've published short stories in sci-fi anthologies, erotica anthologies and many others.

  5. I like to write across genres—experiment and see what sticks, that kind of thing. I usually pick a new genre to play with when I do NaNoWriMo. It doesn't always work out, but that's all right too.

    As long as you're having fun with it, I don't think the rest matters.

  6. I just came here to talk about being tense. In the present and the future.

  7. I stick to one genre in the sense that all my ideas seem to go in a magical direction. For now. That may change in the future.

    Have fun with your new idea. Bright, shiny new ideas are always so much fun.

  8. Trying something different is fun. You might find you're better at it. I discovered I write non-fiction better than fiction.

  9. My WIPs are all over the place. :P

    There's nothing wrong with immersing yourself in a new project to cheer yourself up. Good for you!

  10. I want to read more ;) I'm still thinking about your book and going, that so could happen, sooner than we think. Send me more any day :)


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