Thursday, January 17, 2019

Finally Finished the First Draft

The climax to Watchbearers Book 5 turned out to be more involved than I’d expected, and I ended up writing a whole extra chapter and an epilogue. But it’s done now. All I have to do is construct an intricate outline of all the spatiotemporal logistics of the plot, to make sure I don’t confuse any of the details as I work on subsequent drafts, and make notes about the changes I’ll need to make. And then start rewriting. But I can’t begin that job until I’ve finished the final draft of Slowpocalypse Book 5, and there’s still a lot to do there, so I’d better bear down. Because I’m eager to hear what you’ll think when you read it.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Year-end Update

Right now I’m in the middle of writing the final chapter of Watchbearers Book 5 and expect to finish the first draft by the end of the week. All the brain-bending time-twisty stuff in this will make it challenging to keep the details straight through subsequent drafts, but knowing these characters backwards and forwards makes things easier in another respect. But that work will have to wait until I’ve finished with Slowpocalypse Book 5.

There’s still some rewriting and lots of revision and tons of editing yet to do on that, though since I’ve tweaked parts of the plot and gotten to know these new characters a lot better, it’s starting to come together nicely. I just need to find the focus to get the job done so all of you who are waiting can read it. Maybe in March?

While this past year has been tough in terms of my writing productivity, it’s been a great year for new readers discovering my books. And I’m very grateful. But so many more people looking forward to my new novels also means increased pressure. On the one hand, I want finish them that much more quickly so you can enjoy these stories already. On the other, I need to take the time to make sure they’re my best books yet. So you none of you will be disappointed.

Hope you all have a happy (and safe) New Year’s celebration and a great start to 2019.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Back and Forth

This past week or so I wrote a couple pages of the sixth and seventh books in the Slowpocalypse series, in addition to the bit of revision I managed on Book 5. (I know work on that next novel has been going slow, but one of the benefits of taking this long is getting to know my main character better. Duncan is not only new, he’s also a rather reserved sort of fellow, and it’s been difficult getting a handle on what makes him tick. But part of my job is making it easy for you to get into his head, however hard that’s been for me.) But thinking about the overall story for the series, I got inspired. So I went ahead and wrote parts of a couple scenes for those future volumes while they were in my head.

Allowing myself the freedom to spend time writing stuff besides the next novel is working out well. I also wrote several pages starting what will likely be the next to the last (or maybe the next to the next to the last) chapter of Watchbearers Book 5. That has Nye going backward and forward in time and trying hard not to encounter herself along the way.

Of course, this is the holiday season, but I don’t intend to take any vacation from my writing. On the other hand, we just got a Roku. And while I don’t typically watch much television…

Now I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Cold Storage

I must be part bear, because when we’re having bitter winter weather – as we are now – I just want to eat a hot, hearty meal and then crawl under the covers (with a book) until spring arrives or at least a little warmer weather. (I didn’t used to be that way. I must be getting soft in my old age.) But as much as I may be tempted, I can’t. There are too many things I have to do (and sometimes those involve getting out in the freezing air and maybe ice and snow) to allow myself that luxury.

And then there are the things I want to do but can’t if I’m hibernating. Like writing. I enjoy creating these books, whether the work is flowing smoothly or frustratingly difficult. So while it requires a certain discipline, especially in these circumstances, I spend the time sitting at the computer, thinking and typing. And if the situation isn’t optimal, if it keeps me from firing on all cylinders, I still have to do what I can. And be satisfied, even if I wish I could do more.