After two months, give or take a couple of weeks, of throwing my schedule into an uproar, the final draft of Fire Striker is done. This is the book that wasn’t supposed to happen. The book Myrtle the Evil Muse demanded be written. It’s a bit different from what I’ve done before. I like it–a lot more than I thought I would. But now I’m ready to send it off to the alpha reader to see what they think. Maybe then I can finally get back on schedule.
Shhh. Don’t tell Myrtle I said that.
I’ve played a bit more with the cover. . . not much. Just changing the title and some of the alignment. You can see it in the featured image.
So, what’s next?
That’s a pretty good question. If I was to try to jump right back into the schedule I had in mind before this very sharp left turn, I’d be working on the sequel to Dagger of Elanna. But after Fire Striker, I think I need something else. I need something that isn’t fantasy–of any sort. So I think I’m going to jump into Blood Stripe, a short story or novella in the Honor & Duty universe.
Maybe then I can get back on course.
But then who knows where Myrtle will take me next.
What I want to do by the end of the year is Fire Striker, the aforementioned sequel to Dagger of Elanna, Blood Stripe, the next Eerie Side of the Tracks novel and maybe, if I don’t kill myself doing all this, the follow-up to Jaguar Rising. Since I have the very rough drafts of at least two of those already done, it is possible. But realistically, knowing what life has been like this year and what the rest of the year is starting to look like, I’m probably going to drop at least one title back to next year. But that is a decision for later.
Now to decide how I want to release Fire Striker. I’m considering going wide with it as an experiment. But I’m not sure.
For now, I’m glad to be able to mark this box off. The book is still a ways from being publication-ready. But it is getting there and I’m excited to see what you guys think.