I’ve decided that in order to keep the creative juices flowing that it’s time for me to redirect my concentration to some of my other projects. What this means is that while I still have every intention of writing the third Chariots of Heaven book (I’ve even already got about 7,000 words down) I just haven’t had the motivation to work on it. Perhaps it is just the inherent fickle nature of the muse, but lately I’ve only really found motivation to work on my side project currently called “The Scourge.”
Over the past few days in particular this project has become an all-consuming obsession and the desire to write, which was previously stifled by the thought of continuing the Chariots of Heaven series, has come back in full force. I literally spend every minute of my day at work (yes, that pesky day job is still hanging around) wishing I could be at home working on the story. I can’t remember the last time I wrote three days in a row, and yet, I’ve done that this week already. As such, I’ve taken it as a sign that my efforts are best spent writing and hopefully completing this side project in the coming weeks/months. At the rate I’m going right now, the very first installment of the story could be ready as soon as thanksgiving, but I’m definitely not falling into the trap of making such promises like I did with The Splitting of Heaven.
Luckily for my readers, however, this new project will be unfolding differently than the previous two efforts. Instead of publishing full length novels at 90,000 words and above, I’m going to be releasing this series as novellas. The reasoning behind this is that I’d like the books to come out more frequently so that my audience continues to have new reading material every few weeks or months. As it is right now, The Fall of Heaven (the third Chariots book) is unlikely to be finished before next summer and that is unacceptable to me.
I certainly want to keep the Chariots of Heaven series going as it has been, with full-length novels coming out every year or so (sorry, it just takes a long time to get that much writing/editing done.), but while I’m working on those, little by little, I’d like to fill my other evenings/weekend hours working on the novella series. If things go to my currently projected plan (really more of a vision than a plan, since plans almost never turn out the way you want), I suspect I’ll have time to complete 2 or 3 novellas in the Scourge series before the next Chariots book launches. Obviously, I can’t make that a promise, but if the muse keeps kicking down my door and insisting that I write every night then it might not be that unrealistic.
While I can’t give too many details, this new series will be set on Earth, around our current time period (2014ish) and will take place in various parts of the world. The premise will be that a group of archeologists awaken an ancient evil that’s been laying in wait to unleash a scourge of undead upon the planet (and I don’t mean just zombies, although there will be some of those). The only thing that’s standing in its way is a young girl (or so she appears) named Sophie and the peculiar Red Diocese which has been watching over her for centuries.
That’s all I care to tell for now, but I may decide to post some excerpts on the personal blog (link is available under the Blog link above) if you care to check it out pre-publishing.
As for the charity effort I mentioned previously, my attempts have been somewhat in vain. None of the other authors that I thought might be interested in participating have signed on or showed any interest, so I’m alone in the effort. So, I announce with some reservation that the remainder of August’s royalties will still be going to the Children’s Defense Fund: Freedom Schools program, but after that the Novels for Charity program will have to remain in dormancy.
Perhaps when I have a larger audience and a bit more clout in the publishing industry I will try to reinvigorate the effort.
That is all I have for now. Thank you for stopping by and please don’t forget to tell your friends and family about my writing. Word of mouth is the most powerful promotion tool in any author’s belt.