The vacation is going well so far, enjoyable and relaxing. It’s hard to feel anything else when you’re cruising around a lake on a pontoon boat with the sun caressing your skin, crazy but lovable relatives around you. It’s only a couple of days into my trip, but I’m already very glad I came back. I’m going to have to try to avoid it being so long again though.
Being on vacation hasn’t stopped me from getting writing done though. I think it would take severe injuries at least to make stop. I am please to announce that I have finished the outline for Where The Ether Flows. I think I figured out the missing piece I mentioned before, but well see about that. Now it goes into the drawer and I try not to think too much about it for at least a week (or however long I can hold out).
So, now what? Two things, which I’m likely to do simultaneously. First, is to start working with my initial ideas for book 2 on a general notes level. Some of it will have to change a bit because of what’s in the outline of Ether Flows, and I need a more concrete idea of what I need to accomplish in this, but I can do that. I likely won’t concentrate too much on that, simply because I want to see where writing Ether Flows takes me and that won’t start until June, when I will be doing at least the first of the two Camp NaNoWriMo months (June and August this year). I wouldn’t normally wait until then, but the timing works well with when I get back, and I’ll be writing this one NaNo style as always, so why not?
The other thing is that, after nearly a month, it’s time to take out The Nine and begin editing that one. I’m a bit nervous about that, especially as I’m about to hand the first two to my test readers (second round for Bound), but I think it’s time to start that process. A month away from it, a lot of which was spent wrapped in Necromantic, should help me have the critical distance I need to do this well though. It’s the close of the trilogy, what people will remember most, whether I do it well or not and I want to make it something excellent, well worth the journey. I’ll start seeing what I have to work with tomorrow, as tonight I’m just too tired and my iPad needs a charge. Tomorrow will be time enough.
As I said before I left, there won’t be a picture with my posts while I’m away and you’ll have to forgive me for that. Maybe I’ll do a post with a few pictures to make up for it once I’m back home. We’ll see how I feel about the idea when I get to that.