Let’s face it. The last few weeks and months have been trying for all of us here in the US. Covid, the election, the post-election, the post-post election. It is all enough to make this writer want to scream and find a nice, secluded island for a bit. Of course, if that island also has a well-built, personable cabana man, I wouldn’t complain. However, that’s not going to happen. So I’ve had to figure out ways to keep from either going insane (okay, more insane) or to keep from doing something law enforcement might look poorly on. So I’ve written–a lot–and read and gamed. I’ve also delved into the backlog of “business stuff” related to writing. What I hadn’t figured on was how this need to escape would impact what I wrote.
It’s the time of year when I sit down and start looking at what I’ve written so far and what my plans for the first half of the next year should be. As I said, I’ve written a lot this year, especially the last quarter. Not counting the re-releases I’ve done this year, I’ve put out four titles since March. One, Nocturnal Prey, is a short story and weighs in around the 12k word mark. A Magical Portent, is a long novella or short novel as a little over 30k words. Cat’s Paw weighed in at 45k words. Rogue’s Magic is approximately 122k words. Finally, Risen from Ashes came in at a little over 61k words.
Word count aside, what I realized as the year progressed is that my writing has been a lot like my reading. The longer we’ve been under Covid restrictions, the more I’ve wanted escapism. I love the Honor & Duty series. But it is going to a rather bleak place in the next two books. So subconsciously I haven’t wanted to go to those bleak places.
What is odd about that is there are bleak places I’m going with the Eerie Side of the Tracks series and, let’s face it, there’s always dark stuff in the Nocturnal Lives/Nocturnal Awakenings series. Yet I’m not having the problem with them I have been with the other. I’ve been trying to figure out why and I think I’ve finally found the answer.
Well, an answer.
Now if I could just get it to make sense so I could return to the series. Until I can, there’s going to be another Eerie Side of the Tracks title coming out. Those are easy to write and, even when they go dark, it is a different sort of dark from the H&D series.
Currently, I’m working on Magic Rising. It’s been a bit of a slow slog the last few days as other responsibilities have intervened to keep me from the keyboard. It is plotted. There’s a very rough draft–and by that I mean much of it will probably change before it hits Amazon. But I am making sure butt is in chair and I’m getting at least 1k words a day done. I may have already shared this here before, but here’s the cover draft for the book. Remember, it too may change before publication.
Now I need to tell the Muse to quit messing with me and let me get back to working the way I want to. Of course, Myrtle being the evil muse that she is, the chances of that happening are slim to none. So I will adapt. And drink a lot of coffee. And possibly a lot of good booze.
But, for now, I’m going to escape into my writing and then, as a reward if I hit my daily goal, I’m going to play a little Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.