Anyway, the point of the matter is that I made it through the day, but the concept of putting up a blog made me want to cry a little bit, so I decided that I would just wait until today. Hence, a blog post on Thursday!
Lately it seems like I've been completely focused on Pandora, and the Jayne Pheare series. This isn't a bad thing. I have other projects I'm working on, so I don't want to be too wrapped up in it, but on the whole I would say that being focused definitely has more benefits than drawbacks.
I'm currently editing Pandora (Book 1) and planning Malice (Book 2). Along with that comes unexpected surprises. Like ideas for book 4 (it has a name, can't remember it right now.) I've had ideas for book 3 running through my head since I started the series, but to suddenly be hit with ideas for book 4 was a new experience, and one that has me excited. It means that I'm really starting to take this series seriously. I'm starting to see where it's going, and that means that I might actually see this one through! While I've completed books before, I've never completed a series, but I have hope now!
When I start a new series, I can usually see the first book pretty clearly (hopefully, since I'm planning or writing it) and the rest just seems to be shrouded in fog. I have vague glimpses of a light shining through, giving me a general idea of where I want the books to go, but there are no details to accompany it.
Now that I'm getting further and further in to the series, that fog is beginning to lift. I'm starting to see how some of the things that I've known are going to happen will come about. I can see the motivations that I knew must be there but didn't really understand. And while I can't see the exact ending, I'm starting to get hints of how things are going to turn out, and that makes me so excited.
Not all of my characters have happy endings, of course. I have at least four characters who die (I hate the idea just as much as you guys, but sometimes it just has to be done). And I know that I'm going to have a YA spin off that features kids that don't even exist yet in the book (like, not even the possibility...). But the closer I get to these things happening, the more I know that it was the right call, even if the way it happens wasn't what I originally thought.
So now I anxiously want to start writing a YA series that I can't start until (at the very least) book 4, but which I probably actually can't put out until after the series is done. I desperately want to plan book 3, but can't until I'm done Malice, and all I think about are these characters, which can be a problem when I'm getting a critique about a different book.
For now, though, I'm just going to do what my brain tells me to, which is to work on the Jayne Pheare series. I'm going to get it done for January, and then I'm going to get it published.
Have you ever gotten caught up in a book?