Stepping between one book finished and another beginning is weird – I hadn’t considered it before and didn’t notice it when I went from book one in The Khekarian Series to book two, but I have noticed it quite strongly between book two and book three. One moment I was flat out working on getting The King’s Sacrifice completed and out the door, the next it was gone, as though someone had ripped it out of my hands and replaced a finished work with blank paper.
I suspect it has to do with that annoying little fact that I didn’t get a chance to shelve it for a month or two and take that leisurely read I wanted to take. I don’t feel as though I’ve read it at all, which is crazy as I lived inside that story for the full nine months it took to write it, I read through it again and again, just not at that leisurely as-a-reader pace. I will one day, probably when the third book is sitting, shelved, waiting for me to do the right thing and give it a proper thumbs up before letting it out of my grasp.
So. The King’s Sacrifice was ripped out of my hands and is loose in the Internet, proudly following The Khekarian Threat. I’ve got the template and the name AND the cover for book three. I’ve got a pile of notes, old and new. I’ve taken time off, I’m rested and ready to go. I have done my Starting Dance.
That means full steam ahead, right? That is correct, folks. After six weeks, I have found my balance, found the pace I want, sorted the characters I wish to take with me on this journey – even those troublesome non-cooperative types. I have worked out the plots of all threads, although it has to be said I am open to surprises. The weave will have to be worked and there’s plenty of work to do, but I’ve now a row of green lights and it’s all systems go on The Bastard Line.
Enough waffling then, I shall chuff off and go be masterful somewhere in the galaxy, hopefully keeping the Terrans out of the Khekarian/Chiddran war, and Khekarian mitts off Zumaridi in particular. I’m not sure how long I can hold them off, we shall have to see.
Have a great day/weekend everyone. See you next week.
It is weird. The break is essential. But you’ll probably get used to it. So enjoy the weirdness while the feeling is fresh. 🙂
Hi Chris! 🙂
Well, I’ve had the break, and frankly hated it. I felt like the plug had been pulled in some vital way (I think because I haven’t mentally closed off properly on book 2), but now that I can get into the nitty-gritty of book 3, I’m back in my element. It brings with it very much a sense of relief, as I’m frightened of getting out of the daily habit of writing. I know what it’s like to fall out of the habit, and the thought of that happening while the clock is ticking… no, I just don’t want to go there. 😀