Originally, my next novel was going to be a YA commercial fiction about a Chinese-American girl, very un-fantasyish and quite contemporary, currently named "Two Sides of a Hyphenated Identity." It's been brewing in my head for a while, and I think it's time to graduate it to official "WIP" status. I'm also working on a short story of the same nature for the literary magazine "The First Line."
However, last night, something very Stephenie Meyer-esque happened (which kind of grosses me out that I would consider it SM-esque) where a new idea appeared to me in a dream. Weird! Quite honestly, something like that has never happened to me before, and I've always been jealous of authors who've said their books began that way! I won't complain. I had a scene, fully formed in my head, play out before my eyes. The first thing I thought when I woke up was, "I need to write that down for my next book, RIGHT NOW before I forget it." So I did. And I'm rather pleased with the prologue for my new YA Fantasy, "Steam." Main characters names included: Simeon, George, Sarah, Elladora, and Niles.
So, I'm not sure how both new projects are going to play out, but it does give a bit of variety to my writing. They are now listed on the side of the blog for progress. I suppose I'm involved now with Lin Wang and her blog chain. It sounds like a great idea and if anyone is interested, her site is: http://flamesandshadows.wordpress.com.