I’ve been very quiet on my blog lately, and I think it’s time I should explain the cause.
The reason is I’ve been writing – just not in this particular location. It’ll be two years this June since my last book publication, and I’ve been working to have more material to offer to my readership. A number of projects got started and put on hold in light of more urgent projects, until I finally settled into the 4-year forecast that I have now.
One of the things that I learned last year, even through the personal struggles that made last year so difficult, is that I can write and prepare at least one full-sized novel in less than a year. So it’s become my goal now to develop a rhythm of getting one book published each year. But I also (God willing) have a sabbath year coming up in 2017 (my 14th year of being a writer), in which I would only be doing creative, first draft writing without editing or trying to publish anything. So to make up for it in advance, I’m hoping to have three books out over the next two years, if possible.
Two books I have lined up already. The third I’m not sure about. Something drew me back to the first novel I ever wrote (at the age of 19) which is a fricken ginormous book that’s over a decade old now, and needs serious revision considering everything I’ve learned about writing since then. I don’t know that it would be ready before the sabbath year starts, but there are other, smaller stories I could probably complete instead if it came to that.
So what are the other two books? Well next year’s I still want to be quiet about for now, but for this year I’m planning a space exploration mystery. I’ve always been enthralled by movies like 2001: Space Odyssey and Moon and Pandorum – stories set in space where something has gone wrong and the crew has to try and figure it out. I’ve been wanting for a while to try my hand at it. I also watched a lot of Star Trek: TNG to keep myself in the mood. I should have more information on that project in the next few months.
Well, I just wanted to keep you guys up-to-date. Thank you for your patience and continued support. And now that I’ve talked about my plans, God is probably laughing somewhere. But that’s okay, I’ll try to work with surprises.