The Next Big Thing: A Meme About My Work in Progress

I have been tagged by Andi Cumbo in The Next Big Thing meme. You can read about Andi’s Work In Progress (WIP) on her blog The rules for this meme are:

1) Answer the ten questions below
2) Tag five more people to share about their WIP

1. What is the title of your WIP?
I actually have three “works in progress”. Two of them are completed manuscripts and one is in the very early stages of development (I’m on chapter eight of the rough draft) and is the one I refer to on my page or in writing groups as my WIP, but for the purpose of this blog post I’ll discuss the two complete ones for now…clear as mud? Great. Here we go.
1. Empyrean (which I’ve shared the most about)
2. Searcher

2. Where did the idea come from?
The original seed for each of these stories came from a “What if?” question. At some point while running, writing, or driving I thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” and then started developing the idea and writing it all down as soon as possible.

3. What genre would your WIP fall under?
Empyrean: Science Fiction
Searcher: Science Fiction with elements of Fantasy

4. Which Actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition of your story?
Empyrean is the only one I’ve actually given some thought to with regards to this question. I would choose Jada Pinkett-Smith or Zoe Saldana for Jahira, maybe Vin Diesel (for the voice) or Chris Hemsworth (Thor) for Krnar, and Robert Downey Jr. for Magnar.

5. Give a one sentence synopsis of your WIP.
Empyrean: An alien prophecy meets a human quest for survival in this other-world science fiction adventure.
Searcher: The fate of a world’s demi-gods rests in the hands of a criminal, how can he make them believe what he has seen?

6. Is your WIP published or represented?
Empyrean: was represented but is not at the moment. I’ve been querying for about four months now. Not published.
Searcher: No and no

7. How long did it take you to write your WIP?
Empyrean: Four years and counting…and editing.
Searcher: One year

8. What other works within the genre would you compare it to?
I would compare Empyrean to James Cameron’s Avatar (though it was complete before Avatar came out, and my world doesn’t get blown up). Searcher is sort of like Powder, but on his planet instead of Earth.

9. Which authors inspired you to write?
Anne McCaffrey and Orson Scott Card are two of my favorite genre authors and two of my earliest influences in science fiction and fantasy. There are dozens of authors whose work I admire and who continue to inspire me, but these two stand out in the crowd.

10. Anything else that might pique our interest.
Both Empyrean and Searcher take place on very unique and very different (from each other) worlds that I created.

What do you think? Anything else you would like to know?

I’m tagging Maryellen Brady, Vaughn Roycroft, Jamie Raintree, Sarah Fox, and James Knapp (because I want to know more about The Burn Zone!)

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10 Responses to The Next Big Thing: A Meme About My Work in Progress

  1. Wow, I saw this and clicked right away, just wanting to find out more about Empyrean. Then I find out not only that you have a whole other WIP going strong, but that I’ve been tagged! Two very different worlds, eh? I’m impressed. I just keep hanging in my one world, to the tune of four manuscripts totaling over 500K. :-/

    Great single sentences synopses, Nicole. I’m very excited to read, and I know it’s all going to happen for you soon! (Thanks for the tag; I’ll do my part for the meme for my next post.)

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks Vaughn! I am glad you liked the single sentence synopses, these are very difficult for me (as I’m sure you understand considering you’re at more than 500k ;)). No pressure to post, but I would love to hear more about your novels, and the prequel.

  2. Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors :) and Avatar is a fantastic movie…..if this is what your writing is similar to….WOW! I can’t wait to read it!!

    I’ve been tagged for this challenge before and answered for my Siren novel, but I could do it again for the dragon story….hmmm

    great post Nicole!!

    • Nicole says:

      Well, I can’t make any claims about my writing, but the stories have some similarities. I didn’t know you’d been tagged already. I’ll check it out!

  3. Sarah L Fox says:

    Always enjoy learning more about what you’re working on! Thanks for the tag! I’ve done this for The Big Bang already but maybe I’ll do a second post for my urban fantasy wip. :)

    • Nicole says:

      Darn, two strikes. I didn’t remember/realize you’d done this already, but thanks for reading and commenting anyway. I hope you are well!

  4. James Knapp says:

    Sounds very cool, Nicole, very cool indeed…as far as The Burn Zone goes, I’ll be posting stuff soon (just trying to get the new website going). Thanks for the tag!

    • Nicole says:

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I didn’t realize you were working on a new site. I will look forward to browsing when it’s up and running.

  5. Jim says:

    So exciting! I must say I am blown away that you are able to do so many projects at once. I’m starting to get back into Sci Fi. As an X Files junkie, I am realizing I really enjoy some Sci Fi as well.

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks Jim! I actually only write one novel at a time, but do edit other projects, or query for finished manuscripts while writing a new one. I love the creativity and new ideas that Science Fiction presents. I love to think about the possibilities that are out there. A good story in any genre is a good story though. :)

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