Month: November 2019

November 2019 Update

It’s November, and that means summer’s almost here. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the stifling heat—if you ask me, anything beyond 24°C is too hot. Fortunately, my portable air conditioner didn’t break down from the stress I put it through last year, and that means I can sit at my computer without melting. Hooray for small victories!

The Gloaming: Post-Release Thoughts

The Gloaming has been out for just over a month now. Although most of my review team vanished into thin air, I’m very grateful to the people who did take the time to post their thoughts on NetGalley and Goodreads. My number one fear was that I would either get negative reviews or no reviews at all; it was an immense relief to get past that hurdle. I’ve taken steps to attract more reviewers, so hopefully things will pick up over the next few months (especially on Amazon).

Author Events

Earlier this month, I had the honor of speaking at my first library event. It was a wonderful experience and everyone who attended was so friendly and welcoming. A huge thank you to everyone involved!
I’d love to do some more events in the future, either in libraries or community centers. Hopefully some schools would be interested in getting on board too. I have a lot of experience with teaching writing skills, so it could be fun to do a workshop (or a series of workshops) in addition to a general presentation.

Short Story Publication

My story, Marked for Life, was published in Aurealis this month! It’s a tale of snowbeasts, blood magic, and transformation—perfect for fantasy fans. The magazine is only $2.99, and you can read the first 20% for free by clicking one of the Sample buttons on this page. Stephen Higgins and Eric Del Caro also have stories in this issue, and they’re well worth a read.

“Rabbit in the Moon” Update

The third draft of The Rabbit in the Moon is well underway, and I’ve been trying out some ambitious changes. Three characters have received personality transplants (figuratively, not literally) and their back stories have changed. There have also been some major plot changes, which I can’t talk about at the moment because… spoilers. Still, the core of the plot is the same:

Time freezes before a giant asteroid can wipe out the planet. A ragtag group with no background in rocket science must destroy the asteroid if they want to see their families again.

In this rewrite, I’m bringing more YA elements into the story. In the previous version, the protagonist was the only teenager, and because she was surrounded by adults, she started acting like one too. That’s not a bad thing in itself, but it’s not what I was aiming for. With this latest rewrite, I’ve added another teen into the mix. Suddenly, there’s a lot more potential for both conflict and character growth—two elements crucial to any good story. It’s early days yet, but I think this could be the final draft before editing begins.

Untitled Dryad Novel Update

I haven’t made much progress on this novel since my last post. I drafted about ten chapters while I was recovering from surgery, but none of them are usable. I was still a bit loopy at the time, and my brain decided it would be a great idea to turn a high fantasy novel into a horror-heavy sci-fi. Needless to say, I’ll be re-drafting those chapters.

But re-drafting can wait for the time being. Very soon, I will be resuming my job search in earnest. As much as I love writing and editing and being my own boss, the uncertainty that comes with freelancing is less than ideal. I’m hoping to pick up a full-time role, but we’ll see what happens.

Have a great month, everyone!

J.R. Schuyler

(P.S. Good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo!)