Another late post, and not a lot to report this week. I think this one is one of those “quality over quantity” posts, in that it’s all good news. First of all, my wife and I went to visit my parents last weekend. We took a couple of vacation days and made a four-day weekend of it. Me, my wife, and our two fur-babies spent some good quality time with my parents. In addition to the quiet of lakeside living, my dad and I took some time to enjoy a car show. All in all, it was a great weekend.
The only other thing I really have to report is that I actually took some of my own advice. I submitted The Road to Rejas for editing. I’m still not completely happy with it, but I think if I wait for that to happen, I’ll just end up with a lot more gray than I already have – and still no story. Basically I just decided it was time to get off the pot. Unfortunately, I waited so long to send it in that Lynn is swamped with other submissions, so it may take several weeks for her to find an opening for it.
Oh well, that’s what I get for procrastinating, right? Still, it’s off my plate for now, and I’ve moved on to a few other projects. There is Streets of Payne. I’m about 40,000 words into it, but they’re pretty rough words, so it remains to be seen how much of it will make it into the final manuscript. The novel may end up being as small as 60 – 65K words, but que serra, serra. There is also a collaborative piece that I am beginning with Edward Lorn. It’s embryonic at the moment, not much more than a rough idea and some character sketches, but it’s captured my interest. I’m curious as to whether we can put an interesting twist on a sub-genre that I normally don’t much care for. It is a writing challenge, and Ed has definitely piqued my curiosity. I currently have it listed on the computer under a working title of EBS, and that’s about all I can say about it for now.
The only other thing worth mentioning is that the HPM sequel I mentioned in my last post keeps haunting my dreams. All three of my brain cells keep wandering back to how this will happen, or what makes that character want to do that?, or how does this tie into what already happened in HPM or R2R? And every time another piece of the puzzle falls into place, I get more and more excited with the possibilities. I know who the main character will be, I know the theme, and I know the setting. But, while I know the main motivation, I don’t know the details of that motivation. And while I know some of what I want to happen, I don’t know how to lay the story out where some of those details will logically come into play (yet). But each day a new tidbit falls into place. So yes, HPM2 will almost definitely happen.
So that’s about it for now – visited my parents, went to a car show, submitted R2R for editing, 40k into SoP, embryonic EBS, HPM2… I’m beginning to feel like I’m getting back on track.
It feels good!