You know how you can have a really foul year? Well, the last couple of years have been tough for this writer. Almost all those things that happen to nearly all of us eventually did, in fact, happen to me. How many times did I tell myself when I started out, this I am going to get at least two full-length novels completed each year if I want to call myself a writer. Let’s see, that would mean - since I published my first two in 2015 - I should be releasing my sixth. Don’t I wish? Instead, it will be novel number 3 in as many years.
Did you know Tolstoy completely rewrote War and Peace seven times over six years total before he was done with it? Not that my work is comparable to his - but the lesson I take away from his struggle with an epic is that an author can pay a little too much attention to one book. What a huge accomplishment it is though.
What I can tell you is that those two novels I do have out there have been brushed up considerably. Girl with Two Names and Jubilee Year have been rewritten at least twice and are both much better it. Let’s keep in mind though, I’m no Tolstoy.
I think the third novel will be better for its extended gestation. I had a lot of time to think about the plot and characters. It is the follow on to Book 1 and I think it’s even better.
When does Book 2 of the Erelong Trilogy come out? I am confident it will be available in
October. I hope the wait for those who have read Book 1 will prove to have been worthwhile. The third book is mapped out and two chapters are complete.
This may be letting the cat out of the bag a little early, but I also have another trilogy on the way. This one is satirical. Sometimes you feel the need to do something different, right? And the Erelong Trilogy is after all, rather dark. At this stage, I have about 60% of what will be the first draft of all three books of the new trilogy. This also explains why it’s taken me so long to complete the Erelong Trilogy. And now, after making all those excuses here’s one promise. I will blog more often from this point on.
Edit: Make that November for Book 2.
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