Since we’re rapidly approaching the Holiday season and the end of the year, it seems like a good time to slow down and take stock of the projects that I’m planning for the coming year.
First and foremost, of course, is Entanglements, my next novel. While it’s still early in the drafting process, I can offer a short synopsis as it stands at the moment:
Kelli, a woman who was spirited away to a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere and subjected to strange brainwashing techniques and unnamed drugs, finds her life changed when a highly prized experimentation subject shows up: Carla. Suddenly, dead and distant relatives appear to her and her musical abilities grow by leaps and bounds while the experimentation rots away Carla’s mind. Kelli and a fellow captive fall in love as he explains the plans that are unraveling around them. As Kelli discovers why she and Carla were brought there, they plan to finally escape and destroy the experiment.
I fudged a little on the end there – some details are still very subject to change, but it’s a general enough description at this point to hit the target as it stands. I know the ending, I know the beginning (it’s practically completely written), I know most of the middle, but some definition still needs to happen. I have faith that it will all come together.
My hope is to have Entanglements ready for release by March. Similar to The Corridors of the Dead, it feels like a book that’s going to write itself. As a matter of fact, it’s been beating against my skull for the last few weeks as I prep Corridors for release, so I think there’s a better-than-average chance it comes in March.
After that, of course, comes the sequel to Corridors, City of the Dead. At this point, City exists as a plot outline with major points built in along the way. Many things have changed in the four months since I first conceived the story, and I’m sure a lot more will change before I get started on it, hopefully in late January or early February. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s looking likely that I’ll have a different narrator for this one.
Following City, which I’m hoping to get out in July, there will be another non-Dead novel. I’m currently vacillating between the novel Lily, which I’ve mentioned several times on this website, and the first book in the series that will grow from the Kayson Cycle (the Cycle serves as a prologue for the first book). There’s quite a bit of that series already in my head, and I should probably be writing some of it down, but then again, Lily is completely plotted and ready to start going. I’m just going to let the decision make itself as time goes on – we’re talking about something that likely won’t be published for a year, so there’s loads of time.
In December, I’m hoping to put another series up on the site much like the Rule of Three entries. I’ll lay down some guidelines, write out the version that goes on the site, and then sometime in January release another Kindle single with some expanded information and scenes.
Sometime down the line, I have an eye on pulling all these stories together into an anthology, but that’s way down the road. For now, I’m hopeful to put out a story every other month.
What’s really pie-in-the-sky at the moment, however, is building a real website. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love this one, but the limitations of the vanilla WordPress offerings are driving me crazy. It’s a big one. Right now the only thing holding me back is money. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I’m getting married next April, and the cost of migrating this website over to a self-hosted server will probably be somewhere in $150 range. Long-term, moving the site is absolutely the right choice to make, as it will afford more control over the website and more options to offer to viewers. But for now, with the holiday season looming and the wedding, along with expenses such as editing, I can’t justify the expense. When the time gets closer, I’ll have a lot more to say about it.
But I do want to start planning book signings. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, and I need to research hitting up some conventions next year. I’d also like to sign at a few local bookshops, too. The convention circuit might be the right way to go, though – especially some of the regional ones. Once I have more information, I’ll have it up here.
All in all, it’s an exciting time. While I don’t expect to have an overnight success, I do feel like my life is changing in a very positive way. Participating in a thriving community of readers and writers is helping me to understand myself better, as well as my place within the writing community as a whole. It feels good. I’m also developing some ideas of where I think things are headed next, and I hope I’m proven right. Until then, I’m just going to enjoy the ride.