First of all, this dude wins. Just…he wins.
Read it look at the pictures, He’s not bad looking at all. Go him. And the worksmanship is just awesome.
Disclaimer: I am still on vacation. **nods** Really, I am.
I was part of a conversation between two friends of mine about goals and characters. The one has been struggling with character issues for a story for a while. The other has ten or eleven books written/pubbed traditionally and has won awards and stuff. I will have to ask her permission before I drop names. but suffice to say she has a LOT of experience, and is someone I HIGHLY respect. Her books are fun too.
She talked about problems with some of her stories and one in particular that had a goal that wasn’t strong enough to carry the whole book. She talked about her methods of finding a better goal and in the process the mc focal point of the story changed. It’s fascinating, and very educational. I was listening, munching on popcorn and thinking about my own books, My own stories and the struggles that I have had with them. And taking notes, checking goals.
We’ll get back to that in a moment, because the night before I was chatting with some of my OTHER pals and we were discussing release dates, serials and stuff like that. And we talked about trilogies.
There is a line of thought, that I encountered years ago, that trilogies are cliche. That they are outdated. No one likes them yadda yadda yadda. At some point a long time ago I got it into my head that writing a trilogy is BAD. I decided I would never write a trilogy.
So we were discussing reader habits. and trilogies. and a little whisper in my head reminded me that years ago, BP and Crossroads was supposed to be a trilogy. I shoved the idea down. No. Not gonna go that route.
Woken up, though, the thought, the urge to make it a trilogy just wouldn’t go away.
Then I sat in on that other conversation. And it hit me. The goal thing. Bastard Prince covers about 17 years. The goal is hard to define. But if I break it up… I can see two very distinctive goals, possibly three, which would hold their own in their own novels, but smooshed in that time frame, they get lost. Bastard Prince can become a trilogy.
Let me say it again (It’s making the lazy inner writer scream in horror)
Bastard Prince can become a trilogy.
And the mind opens up. Scenes that were blank are filling in in my head because I am giving myself the permission to go more into depth on Zander’s years in the Northern Empire. Because those scenes were just the tip of the iceberg The conspiracies, the interactions with people. The culture which captured my imagination…
It feels right.
It means a lot more work. BP is roughly finished and I’ll just keep writing on it in one chunk.
So where does this leave my other projects?
Well that’s a good question there. I have a lot and sometimes it really gets overwhelming trying to pinpoint which one I need to work on next. And there’s the whole vacation thing.
I’m supposed to be backing away, taking a break. Taking a breather. So I am just going to get the Angel thing ready for a late May release. Other work will be decided on after that.
Tony Horton, fitness trainer and creator of the P90X workout system, has a saying ‘Do your best, forget the rest.’
It’s become my mantra in many areas of my life lately. Working out is challenging, especially with toddlers underfoot. Sometimes I mess up, sometimes I have to stop and chase kids. That’s ok. I am working on doing my best. Working out with intensity. Nothing matters. I’m doing my best. It is very liberating.
I feel much better without stressing or feeling guilty for making mistakes.
That said, turbofire beckons and so does the kitchen.
Hope you all have a great Wednesday!