It’s been a good couple of days for me. Things are coming together, despite Cayle’s insistence on trying to feed me the next book. Yes, he’s still at it. Worse, he’s not alone. They all pounce every time I finish a book, I swear. They’re no longer waiting until the end of a project to start whispering. Impatient buggers, all of them. And how I love them all.
The short story is well under way now. I did the outline a couple of days ago, then reviewed it yesterday. It was in good shape and I was feeling confident, so I got started on it. At 2,074 words, I think I can safely say I had a good night. I’m about to start writing for the day, looking forward to how this evolves. It’s an interesting story and a change of pace for me in so many ways, adding to the challenge. This one isn’t related to any of my projects, and it’s urban fantasy, where I normally deal in straight fantasy. That said, maybe it’s good preparation for Ashes and Angels, which is definitely Urban Fantasy. In any case, I’m kind of having fun with it, knowing I don’t have to fit it into another larger story or have to build something else around it. At the same time, not having that world I usually build up as part of building the novels is a bit of a challenge. The novella I did last December was kind of like that too, come to think of it, but that had it’s own unique challenges. I don’t think I had a chance to think about this side of writing that story, not at the time at least.
In any case, I’m glad it’s off to a good start, as this one has an actual deadline of sorts. It’s for a nice little project I was invited to participate in. I’m looking forward to seeing that one come together and I’m working with some fantastic other writers. You’ll hear a bit more about this project when it’s closer to time, but it’s something I’m so thrilled to have been invited into. 🙂
I’m hoping to have this story done by the end of the weekend, if all goes well. As it’s targeting the 5-8k range, that shouldn’t be a problem. After that? The first round of edits on the novella, Through Windows and Hearts. I’m not sure if I’ll throw it back in the drawer or send it out to a couple of test readers once that’s done. I suppose it’ll depend on what I think once I’ve finished that round.
All that should be enough to keep me busy and out of trouble for the next couple of weeks, I hope. There are so many fronts I’m trying to behave myself on that it’s amazing sometimes I can manage any of it. The good news is that I came home from work to find a nice review of Bound. I love it when someone calls my work addictive. 😀