I’ve more or less finished the first draft of the second part of Dwimmerfall (working title). I’m probably going to add a chapter to include a beat in one of the storylines, but otherwise this’ll be set aside until I’m ready to get on with the third, and probably final part of the story.
I still have only vague ideas about what happens, and nothing close to a proper outline. I’m also pretty burned out by what I’ve done so far, so will probably leave it a while and work on something else.
On Wednesday I’ll be releasing the final short story in the Tales of the Thief-City series, The Nexi Meme. It’ll also be the 50th title I have out in circulation. Only a dozen of those are novels (by some definition).
I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s a start, I suppose. Or maybe a sign I should do more to try selling them. But that tends to be a time sink that produces few results. It seems to mainly be a matter of luck whether or not your work finds the right reader.
One concern I do have is that I’m writing the wrong stuff. While I do like epic fantasy, and many of my ideas fit into this genre, I don’t tend to write as long as this genre expects. or fantasy in general. I know I’m not too good with descriptive guff, which I also tend to gloss over when reading if they go on too long. They can be more necessary in second world fantasy, where much may be foreign to the reader.
Should I therefore veer my writing towards less fantastical stuff. I do have a thriller for which I have sequel ideas (and it is itself in the same setting as the first novel I wrote, which hasn’t yet been published).
But I don’t see that working unless my subconscious mind, which keeps throwing story ideas at me, plays ball. I write what’s most interesting to me at the moment. Or what was most interesting to me up till the point I started actually writing it. By then it’s more of a slog, and other shinier ideas float past my mind’s eye, but I have to finish the project when it’s started or nothing would ever get finished.
Maybe I’ll try focussing on one genre (other than fantasy) for a while. Get a few books in a series to see if that has any more luck.
What to do Next?
The next immediate thing will be compiling a collected eBook edition of the Tales of the Thief-City series. I have the print edition prepared and proofed, so just need to work on the digital version. I’ll probably release them in August, so I maintain a monthly schedule. I have a few other unpublished things which could probably be knock into shape so I could have something out every month this year, if I want. I’m still undecided.
The ideas fighting for a spot as the next writing project are mainly sequels to my existing stuff. At the forefront I’m getting ideas for a sequel, or sequels, to Grey Enigmas. how the setting will evolve mainly, and exploring new aspects to it. Since I’ve got ideas for a couple of bad guys in it we’re probably talking more than one sequel, and more closely following Grey Enigmas than that book did Grey Engines.Making notes for this will be my primary goal for the next month, seeing whether there’s enough there to spark an outline.
I also need to get around to a third book in the Glyphpunk series. I’d hoped to get on with it soon after Glyphwar, but other ideas pushed their way in. While I’m happy the story was ended cleanly, there were still things that need addressing, and it continues to niggle at me.
The sequel to the aforementioned thriller, Allegiances, has also been bouncing about in my head since I finished that five years ago. there was actually a lot more planned for the setting, but that’ll have to be revised if I ever get around to them.
So July will probably be mainly pre-writing. Or tidying up finished stuff to publish. Or something completely new, if I’m so compelled.