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What are you working on?
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Right now I'm almost to the writing stage with a novel about a girl Viking. It's based on a legend and I can't decide if I want it to include fantasy elements. I also have to find the time to actually write it. I've been focusing on business writing and am crazy to start with the "real" stuff.

What about you?
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I'm working on a fantasy novel--a quest story with a 12 yo girl heroine. I'm also currently working (though I use the term very loosely) on a PhD in medieval English lit, so that heavily influences what I write.

Your idea sounds intriguing--there's a particular medieval narrative poem that I've always wanted to adapt into a middle grade or YA novel, but I find the task of "translation" rather intimidating! Somehow pure invention comes easier to me.
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I really like the idea of reworking older texts into new contexts. I'm dying to try to tell Ismene's story after Antigone--only set in Appalachia. But it's rather daunting and I don't know where I'd even start.

Medieval British lit, eh? I taught Brit Lit a few years ago. It was always fun teaching the medieval period--I particularly enjoyed tying Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to the Jolly Green Giant. It made for interesting essays!!
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I'm working on a middle-grade/YA novel with a girl heroine too! Well, if 8 pages in can be counted as "working on". I got almost 50 pages into another novel and decided my heart wasn't in it and stopped. It was my first try at novel-writing, so I'm not too bummed. But it sure would be nice to be that far into this one.

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I'm working (also using the term rather loosely) on a story about two best friends and how an abrupt few months apart changes them and their friendship. The story is based around the girls' shared love of poetry. It's killing me, but in a good way. It's also forcing me to learn about poetry a bit.

I am doing a lot of write-read back-rewrite and so on.

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I am!

In fact, tonight I met with a group of writers who get together to read and critique each other's work once a month. I get jazzed up after the meetings and I know I'll be up all night writing.
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I am too!
It's basically about a family who loses the eldest son in a car accident and how the family is coping with the loss a year later. I know it sounds boring, but there are some twists and a great big extended metaphor ties the whole story together. I love extended metaphors. :
(BTW, I'm so pumped to have found this forum. I never scrolled past the breastfeeding forums! )
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