Don’t Mind Me. I’m Just Creeping Along.
Okay, so after going back and ripping up my previous draft of A Castle for Rowena, it looks like I’m back in the game. No journal entries this time around. I tried to test the waters before to see if changing the narrative format would help in jarring the brain cells and upping motivation levels, but no dice.
I was able to rewrite the second chapter to establish my MC’s motivation for getting himself involved in a creepy-ass situation, and it’s holding its own. I got the third chapter written today, and it pretty much flowed as smoothly as I’d hoped despite the snail’s pace of my progress. It’s there, though, and I’m happy with it.
So I’m definitely inching along, and though I’m not pleased with how glacial things are moving so far, I’m just happy something’s getting written. I’m determined to have a book published on October or November at the latest. And I was at first wondering if I should shift gears like I did when Eidolon gave up the ghost (no pun intended), and I ended up working on (and publishing) A Most Unearthly Rival instead.
This time around, I was seriously considering setting Rowena aside and taking up The Haunted Inkwell. If I felt energized enough, I’d have gong back to writing two books concurrently the way I got Automata and Agnes of Haywood Hall done. Those were the days, man. And it seems like a lifetime ago when I was able to do that. Now it feels as though I’m just clawing my way from one point to the next, and it’s not a good feeling at all.
At any rate, we’re still looking at an autumn release for A Castle for Rowena, and I’m really crossing my fingers that this new “adventure” will work out well. I don’t plan to sell any of my W.M. Oliver books for more than 99 cents each, so that’s really low risk for anyone who hasn’t tried my books in the past and are pretty leery about unknown authors.
I’ll also be offering all of my long novellas in print format, so there’s that as well.
I’m also going over my plans regarding Ghosts and Tea. I wanted to complete the series with five books, but I’m now wondering if four would be preferable. There’s enough material left to write for one more volume (The Haunted Inkwell), and beyond that, I can’t say.
Freddy’s family drama can easily be sorted out in Book Four. Prue can also settle down with her garden finally locked against intruding ghosts. Brody can continue improving himself with extra help from Mr. Beverly. Freddy’s psychic troubles are already being gently handled by Felicity at the end of Book Three, so it’s a matter of continuing that thread until he’s able to take care of hauntings with more confidence and effectiveness. And Jonathan’s romance with Freddy can also be made fully secure in the next volume.
So what comes after that? *crickets chirping* Yeah, I thought so. Whatever initial ideas I had for The House of Creeping Ghosts can be worked into The Haunted Inkwell since there wasn’t much there to begin with - just the germ of an idea.
At any rate, yeah - everything’s up in the air for Book Five. Maybe I’ll be able to cook up more bizarre adventures for Prue and the gang, but I’m not going to push it if things don’t pan out. I’ve learned to accept the possible shorter length of a novel series before. I know I can do that with this one though it’s going to be a bummer saying goodbye to Hoary Plimpton after four books and not five.
One other thing I’d like to get back into is writing books in longhand. It’s been really tough adjusting to my new thumb situation following last year’s surgery, and while I’m able to write tons of notes in block letters, I have a much harder time doing cursive in longer and more complex passages. I’ll continue to work on it, though, because typing directly on my laptop might be efficient, but it’s really hell on my neck and shoulders now that I’m way past my thirties.