Well, it’s all over but the crying. Er… editing.
Not only did I hit 50,000 words (despite a somewhat slow start), I also wrapped up the story. (That almost never happens to me. 50,000 words, yes. Finished story? I think maybe once before.)
So, what’s next?
Um… Life? Or counted cross stitching, terrarium making, dollhouse renovating… maybe even some scrapbooking.
Well, there are 12 books in the series and the plan is to have rough drafts of all of them by the end of the year. Six of them are already done. (They are not anywhere near ready to show anyone, but at least they are written).
Of the other six, only one hasn’t been started it yet — it’s going to be November’s NaNoWriMo project.
Next month I hope to finish Books 4 and 5. No, I haven’t gone insane again. (Although someone does want to read one of the novels that I wrote that month, so I need to beat it into some semblance of coherence in the near future.) Books 4 and 5 are both about half done. Book 4 actually was done, but I’m changing it because part of it will work better with Book 5. And Book 5 is probably almost done — just need to merge in what I moved from Book 4 and untangle some stuff that belongs in Books 6 and 7 — especially Book 7, and maybe put in some filler. So, hopefully, they can both be wrapped up in August.
In September I’ll write Book 6 — hopefully I’ll have a complete outline by then. (Currently it is just a collection of scenes and one vague – very vague! – plot idea. But it will come together – I’ll just have to start writing it and see where it goes.)
Ditto for Book 7 in October. So far it also primarily consists of some random scenes, although it has a good start (once I untangle it from Book 5). But it also has a lot of potential plot, and could lead to some interesting developments. (Developments which will no doubt have an impact on later books.)
November, of course, is NaNoWriMo, so I’ll write Book 12 for it, since it’s the only one that isn’t already started. I don’t mind being a rebel for Camp, but for November I just can’t bring myself to do it.
And in December I’ll finish Book 10.
As I finish them they are being printed and put in binders, and once they are all done they are going to be put away for awhile so I can work on the Other Mages trilogy and get those three books turned loose on the world next year, hopefully by May or June.
Oh, and I plan on resurrecting my long lost but never quite forgotten Wytch’s Cauldron blog. Just one post a week, though, on Wednesdays.
So, that’s the plan. I’ll keep you posted on progress. Meanwhile, however, you are now being returned to your normal blog posts.