I keep meaning to work up a real blog post, but despite all the best intentions, I haven’t actually finished one just yet. But at some point in the near future, I’ll do a whole post on Creating Your Own Fake Town.
And there will be pictures. I can’t promise there will be spider monkeys, but there will definitely be pictures.
For the moment, I’m really just focusing on getting Spirit Games as close to done as I can. I set myself a deadline of Halloween – but major changes to the first half of the book really have required a lot of work. The last ten days alone have been spent on the same twenty percent of the whole thing. The bright side, though, is that a lot of the issues I was having with the story (being too dense on backstory and confusing) have been alleviated in all the right ways. The fact that I have my own personal cheerleader (hi Tiffany!) has helped tremendously.
This is, officially, the last time I write a book without a road map. Had I had a road map, I probably wouldn’t have wasted so much time writing the WRONG stuff, and instead had a halfway decent, maybe not GREAT story. Writing the WRONG stuff, though, requires quite a bit of work in rewriting, cleaning, polishing, taking apart, reassembling, repolishing, squinting, sighing, and grumbling. Not necessarily in that order.
After that, my wish list is pretty simple.
- Finish Witch Eyes sequel (almost one quarter complete)
- Outline possible Spirit Games sequel
- Witch Eyes edits (whenever they come in, they go to the top of the list)
- Send Spirit Games out to betas and then to agent.
- Deep breath.
I’ve been kindof smart, and whenever I’ve had an Idea for something that could have book-merit, I’ve taken the time to flesh it out enough that I can go back later, and have a good sense of where I was going with all that. I have a confrontation scene on one project, and a whole outline/concept for another. I’m not planning on working on anything new until after I get my wish list completed, but stranger things have happened. Maybe I’ll just keep adding to the list.