What I’ve been doing (and hope to do next)
In lieu of my regular blog post, this week I’m doing an extended end-of-the-year report.
I’ve almost finished the first draft of Slowpocalypse book 2 – I still have to write the last chapter, but I hope and expect over the next few days to finish and start in on a thorough rewrite. Then there will be more revision and editing and proof-reading – and Lord willing, a spring release.
I’m pleased people are looking forward to this next book and I’ll do my best to get it out in a timely fashion – but I also want it to be the best book possible.
There are four main POV characters in this story – David and Kat are back, and the third you might guess (since it’s one of the three people who’s already gotten a point-of-view scene.) The fourth was a minor character in Certain Hypothetical, so I doubt anyone will be able to guess who it is.
I’ve also been developing ideas for further Watchbearers stories, which I plan to start writing after I finish the rewrite of Slowpocalypse book 2. It won’t be a surprise to those of you who’ve read Millennium Crash that some of the characters who were in that book won’t appear in Watchbearers book 2. And some won’t feature as much, while other characters will be more prominent than in the first book.
The various characters are too separated for all their stories to work together in one novel (and I don’t want to force anyone in who doesn’t fit the story for the next book) so I’m looking at potential stories for some of those who’ll be neglected. I don’t know yet which of those stories I may end up writing (or whether they’ll be short stories or proper novels.) I’ll enjoy finding out (and hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them.)
After I write the next Watchbearers book, I aim to move right on to Slowpocalypse book 3 (for which I’ve already got some ideas.) If all goes well I hope to release the second Watchbearers book by late summer and the third Slowpocalypse story by the end of 2014.
As for this blog, I hope you’ve been enjoying the story behind the story of Certain Hypothetical, which I plan to continue next week. (And I hope you liked the ‘deleted scene’ of Verity’s I posted last week.) Once I’ve finished that I’ve got a number of posts about writing and self-publishing I’d like to do before moving on to the story behind the story of Millennium Crash.
Oh, and these monthly reports really do feel too far apart for anyone following my progress. So beginning in the new year I’ll give you weekly reports about what I’m doing.
I hope every one of you had a great Christmas, and I pray you all have a wonderful new year.