This week I want to sit down with the first half of Edgelanders and separate the first half from the second half so I will have two books instead of one. This means Finn and Lorelei’s story will expand across several books, possibly more than three, as I’d originally planned. Elpeth suggested a couple weeks ago that I just serialize it and keep it going on forever. Don’t laugh… That totally feels like it could happen at this point. Though it probably will not.
The task I’m charging myself with is figuring out just where and how I want to wrap the first book up, so the second book can start off with their journey to Dunvarak. It will also mean expanding a few scenes in the first half, as well as possibly adding a few chapters that tighten up the story. Nothing wrong with more content. Unfortunately, you all won’t get to see it until it gets published. Well, some of you might, those of you who have offered to proofread and help me edit.
I have so many stories planned in this world, so many characters lives I want to explore. I have a whole series of stories I want to write about Lorelei’s little sister, Mirien, and what happens to her after Trystay’s men overrun Leithe.
I don’t know if you remember a story I was working on last year, White as Snow, that I had posted the introduction for. That story is also set to take place in this universe at least an age or more before the events in Edgelanders, and I am hoping to find some time to work on that as well. I’m in the process of reworking some of my plans for it and setting up a new outline to work from.
Right now it’s just finding the discipline to sit down and do all this stuff. I’ve been sucked into a game vortex since my mom passed away. Some days it feels easier to mindlessly hack and slash at monsters than it does to do actual work, but it’s time to get back down to the business of writing. Forge new habits and establish new routines. It’s never easy doing that, but I’m up for the task.
I hope you’re all doing well, getting a lot done on your own creative endeavors. I’m hoping to have the next chapter of Edgelanders up by the end of this week. Here’s hoping it’s not 7,000 words long like that last one.