Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Counting to Three. Or Four.

Here at The Compound, it's the middle of a Canadian winter.  The sky is grey and bleh, our cars are covered in grey-brown filth, and our boots are crusted with dried salt.  Two nights ago, it was -26C; right now it's +8, and tomorrow it's supposed to be -20 again.   And so it goes.

I've now finished the 6th draft of the next book (first in the new series), and there will probably be a 7th draft.  I've decided to hold off on publishing it for another month or two.  Instead, I'm pushing ahead with the rest of the series, and am currently ~30k into the second book.  

I'm going to try something a bit different with this series: I'm going to finish the first draft of the whole thing before publishing the first book of it.  That way, I can go back and make adjustments to the first book based on what happens later on.

At the moment, I'm calling it a trilogy.  But it might wind up being four books, for reasons such as:

  • dogged refusal to be bound to arbitrary rules like "three books in a trilogy"
  • joy of following unexpected story ideas, because why not
  • inability to count to three

As it stands, the story doesn't have a lot of places to neatly end one book and start the next, so I think it would make more sense to release the books very close together, instead of ending one with a "to be continued" and then leaving everyone on the hook for months.  The characters hate it when I do that.

I'll pop back in later and let you know how it's going.  Until then, keep your stick on the ice.