Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Erin O'Riordan: As August comes to a close, I have to decide whether I want to try to make the September deadline for Melange Books' "Steamy Christmas Wishes" anthology. I have a steamy idea involving the creative use of a gingerbread house. The minimum word count is 6,000, though - do I really have the will and the time to craft a 6K yarn before September ends?

An unfortunate incident occurred last week, in which Mr. Tit Elingtin attempted to fix my HP Mini lapbook, but in fact broke it beyond repair (at least for the moment). In it were two WIPs: a f/f fairy tale based on the legend of the wood wives, and a sort of f/f Miller's Crossing, with gangsters and a hot chorus girl. I'm hoping I can get those back some day.

Melodie Campbell: Just finished the first full draft of The Goddaughter (Orca Books, due out Spring 2012)! It’s off to my publisher. Now the dreaded wait…what will he want to change?

I got my start writing comedy. I wrote standup and had a regular humor column for five years. All writing is work. Writing comedy is definitely hard work. Every word counts. The placing of every word counts – what we call ‘comic timing’. I work hard on my timing. So I always get a little antsy when the first draft hits the editorial desk. Will they tinker with it?

Luckily, Rowena Through the Wall went to press with humor intact. If you like this brand of wacky humor, check it out at Amazon:

Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?

Follow Melodie’s comic blog at
View trailer and read opening scene at

Davis Aujourd'hui: Babes in Bucksnort is the sequel to The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. Once again the unconventional bourbon-swilling, chain-smoking nun will spin hilarious tales about the residents of Bucksnort while she tests the will of a reformed prostitute who just happens to be her Reverend Mother.

But there's trouble brewing in the Snortlands. The town busybody crusades to stamp out “the gay menace.” That's when she brings Reverend Billy-Bob Blunthead and his Born Again or Burn Forever Disciples for Jesus to town to do the job. It will be an uphill climb when the closet doors of many gay people burst open.

In between laughs, Sister Mary Olga dispenses nuggets of wisdom during her Holiness Classes. The bottom line is that everyone is welcome in Sister Mary Olga's classes. Join the diverse cast of zany characters for a joy ride that will tickle your funny bone until it aches. See my blog:

Malcolm R. Campbell: While I’m still zoned out in Writer’s Limbo after finishing Sarabande, I’m trying to pull together everything I know about my characters and get started on the next book in the series. So far, the title is The Grandfather and the Goddess, but that sounds a bit kinky and probably will go away before I’m done with the story.

Blurb from Sarabande: After her sister, Dryad, haunts her from beyond the grave for three torturous years, Sarabande undertakes a dangerous journey into the past to either raise her cruel sister from the dead, ending the torment or to take her place in the safe darkness of the earth.

Sarabande leaves the Montana mountains for central Illinois to seek help from Robert Adams, the powerful Sun Singer, in spite of Gem’s prophecy of shame. One man tries to kill her alongside a prairie road, one tries to save her with ancient wisdom, and Robert tries to send her away.

Even if she persuades Robert to bring his magic to Dryad’s shallow grave, the desperate man who follows them desires the Rowan staff for ill intent...and the malicious sister who awaits their arrival desires much more than a mere return to life.

Malcolm R. Campbell
Author of Sarabande, The Sun Singer, Garden of Heaven: an Odyssey, and Jock Steward and the Missing Sea of Fire.


Sheila Deeth said...

All this writing going on... and such fun to read about, as well as encouraging. I wrote a 500-word short story this morning. Does that count? (Well, Word counted...)

Sun Singer said...

All the words count, Sheila. Even a good, solid grocery list.