So if you have been following my progress this month on my Facebook page, then you know that I inserted writing a short story with Nevi into my NaNoWriMo noveling efforts. Well, that story was a Marketplace fan fiction that we submitted to Laura Antoniou’s newest anthology No Safewords II, which is the follow up collection to No Safewords that she released early in 2013.
After several days of nerve wrecking waiting, we got news about the story. And we were accepted into the anthology!
This is a really big deal for me, personally, because Laura Antoniou is one of my personal heroes. Her book The Slave changed my life. I got my hands on it somehow when I was a young, burgeoning writer and it just blew my mind. The characters, the concepts, the raw power of her writing has been in the back of my mind ever since. I can safely say that she is my leather godmother! I would not be the writer I am today without the Marketplace books.
Being included in her anthology for the Marketplace universe is still very surreal, which is why I haven’t announced it yet. I’ve been digesting the news privately for the last three days.
And as for NaNo, I am still chugging away with only 14K words left to go. I know for a fact that the project I’m working on will be much, much more than the 50K of NaNo. But having that much of it done at the end of the month will make a huge dent in the work of creating the original story out of what was once a fan fiction.
Not sure what that means, exactly, but we’re settling back into a pattern now that the crazy of conventions is over for a little while. Nijicon was a lot of fun, even though we didn’t make much in the way of sales. We did met some really great people and discovered new artists and authors. I’m already looking forward to next year. I hope that the lovely ladies who put this together will be able to make it happen!
What we’re working on now is starting the planning for POT: Ep3, getting the editing process into full swing on POT: Ep2 (which we finished writing over the weekend away!), and organizing our products for the Etsy shop. We’ve got the convention bug now, so we are looking at going to 4 or 5 next year and have already started applying to various artist alleys.
Nevi is working hard at planning out the art pieces for POT: Ep2 as well as coloring a few of the black and white pieces from Episode 1 to sell as prints. What you’re going to see in the coming months is LOADS of new art from her that is focused more on our original characters than fan art. Also, for those of you who have seen and loved the characters that she designed for the Yaoicon 2014 mascot contest, Isaac and Maru, they now have a story of their own in development. Look for it in mid to late 2015!
We can’t wait to get to work on this story, which is actually a hefty re-working of an older story that Nevi and I did together AGES ago! This is going to be something we’re working on around our main title of the Parliament of Twilight, so no worries about that series slowing down because of other projects! But with the vast world and demanding cast of characters, it’s going to be years before we see the end of the POT. We decided there was no reason to wait to work on some of these other worlds that Nevi and I are wanting to create.
If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of the Parliament of Twilight: Episode 1, hop over to our shopping page to find your dealer of choice and get yours today! And while you’re looking around, check out the Etsy store where Nevi has several art prints available as well as the paperback!