In an attempt to keep myself more accountable to you, I'm going to try and keep you all as informed as I can about my progress toward Of Killers and Kings / Of Kings and Killers.
Today it's just a quick update: for the past few weeks, I've been in the planning/outline stage of development. In some ways, this is the most fun stage of the entire process, because it's when I get to come up with all the ideas that make it into the book. In other ways, it's difficult, because I'm not producing any measurable output. When I'm working on the draft of a story, I can say, "I wrote X,000 words today," and point to that number as a measure of my progress.
I don't have any such metric for planning. I just kind of try ideas, see if they fit, and evolve my outline around them.
So while there's still more planning work to be done (there's virtually always more planning and re-planning to be done), I am going to begin writing the first draft of Of Kings and Killers this week.
How will we proceed from there? Let's ask the Oracle!
"Oracle, will I finish these books early? On time? Or unforgivably late, in which case my blog readers will tear me apart in a furious frenzy?"
"Reply hazy; try again later."
Useless prognostication aside, I have actually made good progress so far. Just need to keep it up!
Also, over the past couple of weeks, I have alluded to something new in the pipeline that I've been working on. Here's the idea in a nutshell: I want to put up a new, original story on the site. This very site you're visiting right now.
Do I have further details? I do! And at some point I'll share them.
In the meantime...how would you feel about me releasing story content on the site? As always, I'm curious to hear your opinions.
Thanks for reading!
"Calder straightened his back, focused his mind, and opened the door."
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