So, it's apparently been ages since I last posted. How do I know? Because a little bird told me. Or he would have, if he was capable of human speech. Instead, he (was it she?) mostly just sat there tweeting at me. I tried to make him (her?) a Twitter account, but he (she?) wouldn't tell me his (her? okay, I'll stop) name.
Anyway, I don't suppose too much has changed since my last post. Still working on my novels and music, still working at Jimmy Johns (though I got into UIC, so hopefully starting school there soon). I suppose my novels are the main point of this post, though. Probably should get to that.
Ah, never mind. Sparrowface, my inner crazybat, is apparently fast asleep. Lazy bum.
Anyway, my main focus this year has been my novel The Conjured World. I know, I wanted to finish that along with two other novels this year, but that's not going to happen now. Instead, I intend to finish this novel by the end of October so that I can at least begin its sequel, The Eye of the Dreamer, for Nanowrimo.
I've done a ton of planning for this series of books (to the tune of dozens of pages of plot outlines), and I've come up with enough for 9 books (yes, nine). I do intend to end it there, however, as the plot lines for the 8th and 9th books will be pretty final. Needless to say, I'll be working on this series for quite a while, and right now it is my primary focus.
Of course, I also want to finish Through the Fire, my 600-plus page novel that's nearly done (with the rest of it heavily outlined). Seems like something to do if I need a break from The Conjured World.
I also have the rough draft of the book Albatross, which I wrote during Nanowrimo 2007. I intend to rewrite it, however, as the rough draft is, well, very very rough. It, too, will be the first book of a somewhat unconventional trilogy (the second book happens before and at the same time as the first, and the third happens after the first two). Yeah. So that's something to get to.
And of course, I can't forget about my baby, Hollow Creek. Originally an animated series, but now simply a novel-in-progress (and a long one already). I have so much of its storyline planned out and so many big ideas for it that it simply has to get written.
So, I have a ton of writing to do. I'm not entirely sure what order everything's going to be written in; I expect there will be some switching between books at times. For now and until at least the end of this year, my focus is on the Conjured World series, but I could see myself taking it somewhat easier with that and working on other things for a bit after the second or third book is complete.
On top of that, there are a few things I'd like to do sooner or later. I've always wanted to write an epic fantasy novel (not urban fantasy like most of my work), and I think Circle of Fire might fit the bill, unless I come up with something else. Likewise, I've wanted to write some sort of science fiction novel at some point (not counting the Albatross trilogy), and I have an idea that I've started that might take care of that.
And, for some reason, I've really wanted to write a novel about the zombie apocalypse. I know, it's been done to death, but that's partly why I'm not rushing into it. This is probably the least imminent of all my novel plans, and I've been pondering ways to make it original and unique. I already have a couple different ideas about where the plot could go. It's something that I intend to write almost as if I was experiencing it -- I think it will be a fun challenge to see if my characters can survive the horrors of this suddenly vicious world. Of course, knowing me, I have a feeling most of them won't. Obviously can't say for sure just yet. ^^
Lots to do and think about. I don't honestly know if all of these will be finished. At the very least, I want to finish The Conjured World and Through the Fire, and probably Hollow Creek as well. I guess we'll see how the writing goes.