I have eight books in my head right now. I want to get through them, preferably before the heat death of the universe or before we stop using the written word. Or typed word.
Whatever. Before telepathy and shit.
I’ve decided to kill two of the books. Some people will not be happy with what comes next…
The Praetorian Agenda, which has half a first draft, didn’t survive the purge. Part of it comes from the fact that espionage writing is rather demanding and I do not have the focus available to me to tackle it and do it justice. I certainly won’t have time to finish it before the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East changes, which is where the book is set. The other part is that I’m simply more passionate about the urban fantasy work and the science fiction series in my head. Not saying I won’t ever revisit August & Co., but they’re going to operate in the shadows for the foreseeable future.
Stormcaller #4 (Tentatively titled Conflagration) was, as I reviewed the project on my afternoon walk, superfluous. It’s a sidequest that really only developed a few secondary characters, whom I can work into books 2 & 3 instead. At best, it was filler. At worst, it was pointless filler, so I killed it. That changes the cycle to Stormcaller, Assassins, Seraph, and concludes with Apotheosis.
The happiest part about finishing the Stormcaller cycle is that I can jump into my Mars series. I’m tempted to jump into them, alternating between Stormcaller titles, and that may happen if I get burned out or stuck on one of them, but I don’t think so. Not yet. I have a fairly solid outline for In the Shadow of Erebus, but I have lots of sciencey questions that need answers, and the cast probably needs paring down a bit.
Oh, and I’m moving to Japan tomorrow. So, that won’t keep me busy or anything.