Your friendly, neighborhood writer is just trying to get back on the writing horse. I've been reviewing works that are complete but unpublished. I also realized that I wasn't finished with a novella I though was done. (It will probably be a full-fledged novel.) I've completed four short stories in what has become an unofficial challenge. I haven't announced it here, because I didn't hit my goal last year. You could say I took off the pressure of reporting here for whomever might be reading my posts.
That said, I think I will share what I've been up to this year so far.
1. Holy Orders - 6, 556 words
2. The Earthly Spirit - 5, 498 words
3. The Last Sacrifice - 3, 012 words
4. Duty and Devotion - 7, 411 words
One thing I'd add just because I find it pretty cool is that these four stories bring my current count of finished short stories to 45. Yep, that's a lot of short fiction. I've had some of them combined in a collection called Other Realms: Volume One and I'll soon have enough of them to have a Volume Two. You should stay tuned for that bit of news.
THE NOVELLA TURNED NOVEL
The other thing I did was write a novella I tentatively titled The Souleaters. I wrote it and found what I thought was the ending and moved on to thinking about other projects. Lately, I came back to re-read the thing and realized I hadn't truly finished it at all. In all honestly, I botched it up and figured out that I'd only written about a third or maybe half of a full novel.
I added more words to the final section I'd written. Now called A Theft of Souls, I plan to write the rest over the next few weeks or so. I may or may not update you on this work in progress (WIP).
While I will try to focus on the complete of the novel, I know my mind will wander to other things too, so I have to be prepared for that tendency. Thus, having WIPs at various stages might allow me to drift around some but also stay focused enough to wrap up A Theft of Souls. (I could be full of it too, but I haven't let that stop me yet.)
What is on the other burners, so to speak? Well, there are about a dozen short stories brewing and at least three other novel starts that've been begging for attention. Currently, I have a mind to finish them all while simmering the sequel to another of my books, A Kingdom of Shadows.
Yep, I'm scheming here. Scheming about more fiction. Much more fiction. That sounds pretty fun to me.
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