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I'm Austin Gragg. I write stuff.
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Current writing projects, reading list, and (coming soon) an interview with a poet and editor

Current writing projects, reading list, and (coming soon) an interview with a poet and editor

The last few weeks have been alright by and large. I've been listening to a lot of the band GHOST, since their new album dropped. I've also been digging some super cool artists in the local pop-punk, rock, and metal scene in my city (something I didn't know existed).

In writing news

I've been plucking away at my third novel length manuscript. While this is the third MS this length, it's technically the second MS, as the last one ended up being a kind of ZERO DRAFT for the story I'm currently working on. That is to say, MS #2 (second novel length story I've written) was super messy. There was so much work to do, it required a total overhaul. While all the plot points are more or less the same, I needed to change a lot with the characters and conflict that required rewriting the whole darn thing. WOMP WOMP.

I'm at about 55,000 words of what I hope to be about 80,000 at the moment and I've been getting great feedback on this first draft from the alpha readings. (Good sign) But, that said, there will be plenty of major surgery to happen before it's ready for my beta readers. This time around, I think I'm going to do two rounds of betas, with a revision in between. I'm super excited for this manuscript. I think this will end up a strong project to query with--and I'm super excited, and totally nervous, to finally be getting to that stage. But, that's all still quite a ways off. I hope to get the first round of betas reading in late August if all goes well.

In addition to working on this novel manuscript, I've been working on short stories here and there--and even a piece of poetry--WOO for branching out! And I've been submitting regularly with those. So hopefully I'll be able to announce some sort of publication soon! YAY!

Reading

 TOP TO BOTTOM: WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig THE OCTOBER COUNTRY by Ray Bradbury ALICE by Christina Henry AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi BRIEF CASES by Jim Butcher

TOP TO BOTTOM:
WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor
ZER0ES by Chuck Wendig
THE OCTOBER COUNTRY by Ray Bradbury
ALICE by Christina Henry
AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor
REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi
BRIEF CASES by Jim Butcher

OH BOY. I've got a nice reading list for July/August. Picture below. I'll be diving in to Alice by Christina Henry as soon as I finish The Outsider by Stephen King. I found Alice while I was shopping at B&N and knocked it off the shelf. Read the copy and decided to take some wise advice that I heard once: that you must buy or check out anything you knock over in a bookstore or library.

That was advice I heard from the author of Books for Living, Will Schwalbe, who flew out from NY to speak at my library system's fundraiser luncheon. Books for Living, while not in the above pic, is also on my July/August reading list.

Coming soon to the blog: An Interview with Poet and Editor Andrew Reeves

At my day job, I work alongside, and actually get to teach with, a local poet and editor. Just like books, sometimes you run into people who are just right for the time and place you are in in life. In the short time I've known Andrew, he's had an immense impact on the way I think about prose and poetry, both from a craft and philosophical perspective. He works at a local literary magazine, Bear Review, as an editor, focusing on poetry and short prose. He also holds an MFA from the same school I study at (and also hope to maybe earn an MFA from in the future). I'm absolutely delighted to bring this interview to the blog. I'll have more plugs for his work and the magazine when the interview goes up.

 

So far, July has been productive.

So far, July has been productive.

The Han Solo movie: a problem with stakes

The Han Solo movie: a problem with stakes