New Month, Some Changes

Hey. I’ve been super neglecting the blog lately, sorry.  I will do a monthly round-up post this weekend plus talk a bit about Worldcon.  I’ve also been trying to write a post about Clarion, but I’m honestly not sure I’ll be able to do it.  There was so much that happened and so much I’m still processing that I don’t know how to sum it up in 500-800 words.  I’ll have to think on it and maybe I’ll just put it up as a blog post at the same time I get my Clarion project book out and use the same thing as a sort of forward in the book.  We’ll see.

Meanwhile, I have a book to write in September.  This means I’m probably not going to feel much like updating the blog with posts since my brain is hopefully going to be full of novel and not blog posts.  However, I think I’m going to serialize my cyberpunk/dystopia SF/pseudo-thriller novel Casimir Hypogean here with weekly posts.  It’s just a rough draft and I’m not entirely sure I’m not going to tear this novel apart and redraft it from scratch (I’ve already done that twice), but we’ll see.  If I get good reader response, maybe I will just write the sequels instead.  So starting next week I’ll post a chapter or at least a part of a chapter a week.

Here’s the cover, by the way, and the rough description of the book:

A genetically engineered bodyguard addicted to the drugs that prolong her life. An ex-cop struggling to provide for his children. An obsessive-compulsive cybernetically enhanced computer genius.  This band of misfits  scrapes by below the radar of their iron-fisted government in an enclosed city where all is not as shiny or under control as it appears.

Then they uncover a plan with deadly side-effects aimed at taking control of a top government position.  As hundreds start dropping dead in the streets from an engineered virus, the criminals find themselves in a race to decode the information they’ve stumbled upon and unravel a terrifying plot.  Faced with betrayal and pursuit on all sides, the three quickly realize that they must save the spiral city and very government that has outlawed them if they are to have any chance of saving themselves.

5 Responses to “New Month, Some Changes”

  1. Nicholas J Ambrose

    Sounds good – I’ll definitely be checking back in to see this! And it comes at an interesting time, too, because literally in the last 2-3 hours I was considering doing something very similar starting next week with my latest WiP to keep me going and keep stuff out there for people who are interested. I guess great minds (;)) think alike!

  2. Thomas K. Carpenter

    I loved what I read during the Novel Workshop earlier this year and so did the rest of the group. I think you’re over thinking it, but I’m glad to see you putting it out there. Keep up the great writing! 🙂


  3. Burl

    I follow your blog and enjoy reading about your successes, call it watching where you are going.

    I want to give you a small piece of advice. Slow down with this new novel, take your time, make your characters real… flesh them out, look for plot lines that haven’t been explored… I know that you know the value of an outline, and let that fantastic imagination of yours explore all the possibilities.

    I look forward to reading this novel.


    • izanobu

      Thanks, Burl. Just to make super clear, the novel I’m writing in September isn’t the one I’m serializing. The serial one is pretty much done (well, this draft of it anyway). I wouldn’t put up an unfinished work, don’t worry. I’m just not sure what I want to do with the book, so I figured I’d use it as filler for my blog. Hopefully people like it.

      Btw, you might recognize certain elements once it starts going up. That novel you challenged me to write back in 2006? This is the third incarnation of it. A lot has changed, but the basic plot has stayed sort of the same.

  4. malinfox

    Busy fall! I look forward to seeing what you make of it.

    Been sort of waiting on my Clarion post as well, mostly because as I talk to people, I keep finding different little bits of it that made an impact on me. As you say, I don’t think a short blog post can really do it justice, although when I try to explain it to people it always ends up being a very short, dry explanation about the mechanics of how things worked.

    I have been writing my 250/day, though!

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