Wow, I’m finishing a lot of stuff at the moment. Yes, this means the outline for The Nine is finished. I had a fairly good day with it yesterday, building up to the climax, then had to go to bed (stupid day job). So I picked up again at lunch today, which is a sign for those of you wondering that I’m way into it, and then again when I got home. I got the climax done, the denouement, everything. The final book in the Mirrors of Bershan Trilogy is entirely outlined! I’m sitting here typing this in a state of mingled delight and shock.
I know I still have a lot of work to do, going over the outline again in a few days (maybe a week if I last that long) to refine/check it, then there’s writing the first draft, then editing, testing, etc, but it’s still a rather momentous point. The end of this trilogy is in sight. It feels so odd. I started out with an idea that was supposed to be just one book. That’s right, when I was outlining Bound for NaNoWriMo 2011, it was only going to be a single book, a single story, that was it. I was somewhere between a third and halfway through writing that first draft when I realized there was a bigger story going on behind the one I had outlined and was writing. Yet another reason I ended up having to junk that draft. I still remember thinking that okay, I could deal with a trilogy. And I’m amazed to find I was right. Despite the fact that I do have all that writing to do (I think this is going to easily be longer than either of the first two were), not to mention the rest, I feel very confident going into this one. And I’m happy with the ending in the outline! I actually feel like I’m bringing the trilogy to a good conclusion, for both this book and the overall story. I can tell you for sure that I’ve learned a lot in writing this trilogy, which is perhaps why I can look toward the actual writing of this one with a small measure of confidence, rather than the intimidation I had previously been feeling about The Nine. That’s progress.
There’s one very distinct downside to this though. I have nothing to keep me from diving back into Possession now. This is bad, because I only finished the last editing on it a couple of days ago, and I really would like to give it at least a week, preferably longer, before I open that file again. And I can’t work on Bound at the moment either, because I never work on things that are with test readers. So, what to do… Hmm, maybe it’s time to go have a chat with Devan, who has been quite patient lately after all. Actually, he whispered a couple of things to me tonight, one of which shocked the daylights out of me, but I like it. I think he was waiting for the smallest scrap of an opportunity, really. Maybe I’ll start working on structuring the story itself for that project, rather than the mostly world-building type stuff I’ve been doing to this point. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. Lets get another ball in the air on this writing-juggling circus that is currently my second job. It’ll keep me busy, right? Out of people’s hair, and out of trouble? Might be an idea. So yeah, for now, Devan gets some attention, and I can already tell that he’s happy with that. The story elements that have just barely begun spinning themselves out of the mists are interesting, and I’m looking forward to following them and seeing where I end up on those. More to come on this one as I figure it out. I vaguely remember realizing that this one also had a larger story going on in the background, and I can see hints of it in the world-building. That said, I want to start with this one story and see what weaves together into it and what the tapestry looks like as it comes together before I start making decisions like that.
I ran across this picture the other day when I was pulling out my next several choices for pictures to post. I don’t even remember taking this one, can’t remember seeing it before, but I found I loved it as soon as I saw it. I know I have somewhere in excess of 4k pictures in my iPhoto right now (not all of them of a quality I would be willing to post), but how did I miss this before?