I think I’ll stop saying I’m going to focus on shorter work. After declaring this year would be the year, I’ve done nothing but work on novels. Part of the problem is time. When 2017 rolled around, I was still writing the second volume of the Daros Chronicles and preparing a standalone science fiction novel to go to a developmental editor.
If that wasn’t enough, I also published The Voice in My Head in February, and I’m in the midst of publishing the first seven installments of the Daros Chronicles as one volume. Then there’s the Deiform Fellowship Five. I’m writing that now.
In hindsight, I have to wonder how I thought I’d also have the time to write shorter work. Perhaps once I’ve cleared my publishing backlog, it’ll happen, but I think the process that works best for me is to write what’s grabbing me. If it ain’t a short story, it ain’t a short story.
If all goes to plan, I’ll release three novels this year (though Daros Volume One will consist of previously released material). I know some authors can write a novel every month or two, but as I’ve said previously, I’m not one of them. A short story and three novels will be a pretty good year for me, and I’ll also finish the first draft of Deiform Five before the end of the year.
It won’t help that we’re having work done in our backyard while the weather is nice. My writing space overlooks the yard, and in about two weeks, workmen will be just below the window, demolishing our rotting deck and working on the back wall of our foundation. Then they’ll build us a new deck. The guy leading the team likes to get an early start, so he’ll be on-site at 7:00 a.m. My best writing time is in the morning. If it’s too noisy, I’ll try writing somewhere else, but our laptop doesn’t have Word. I’ll see how it goes.
I’m hoping it won’t be so noisy that I won’t be able to edit Daros Two and continue working on publishing Daros One. Those activities use a different part of my brain and don’t require as much concentration as writing a first draft.
So yeah, short stories won’t be happening anytime soon. I can’t force them, but they’ll occasionally happen naturally, as The Perfect Christmas Gift and The Voice in My Head did last year.
Talking about the Daros Chronicles, I had to decide whether to chunk the first volume up into traditional chapters, or keep it as seven installments, meaning it would go out like the Rymellan Series did. No chapters, but stories. I’ve decided to go with the latter.
I want Daros Two to go out the same way. I’ve split it into seven stories, to match the first. Here are the (tentative) titles I’ve assigned to each story:
- Caged and Free
- Friends Reunited
- Uneasy Alliances
- Snakes and Sycophants
- The Road to Darroth
- Some Live, Some Die
- Unforeseen Choices
I’ve titled Volume One Pawns and Puzzles, and Volume Two Fate or Folly.
I’m not sure when Volume One will go out, since it will depend on when I can get a cover done, which I haven’t scheduled yet. I want to finish typesetting the print version before I do that.
I’ll be removing the individual installments from sale, so if you started reading the Chronicles and then put it aside, intending to go back to it later, you’ll want to pick up the remaining installments soon. I’ll take them down about a week before I upload Volume One.
I’m focusing on Daros One and Two, and then I’ll go back to the sci-fi project (I have some revising to do, but not tons). Barring any curve balls from life, all three books should be available by the end of the year.
Have a great weekend! 🙂