First off, Choices, Chances and Aeden book 3.
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about those books and their future. I’ve been trying to write Chances and edit Choices, and well, they just were not working. After much thought, mental argument and frustration, I came to a conclusion I really didn’t like. I need to re-write Choices completely and shelve the other two books. Why am I doing such a thing? I shall explain.
Choices is a book that is very dear and close to my heart. It is also a very personal book and flowed very naturally when I wrote it. Chances and Book 3 are not. Because of how close this story and these characters are to me, it wouldn’t be right for me to force it out just for the sake having more books. Honestly, I just can’t do that. So for now, Choices will be a stand alone book. Will it be like that forever? Honestly, I hope not, that’s really up to the characters and whether a natural plot line presents itself.
As for re-writing Choices…
For one, I was 16 when I wrote it. I have grown and matured a lot as a person and as a writer since then, and the book really hasn’t. My awesome critique group at the OYAN Summer Workshops really helped me see this. Those sessions were very eye opening to me about the story. I’ve grown up since Kate first met Terren, and now it’s time for them and their story to grow up as well. So as of right now, I am going to start all over, re-outline and everything. It took me a while to finally admit to myself I needed to do this, but, I figured if Tolkien, Bryan Davis can do it, so can I. I truly believe this is what the book needs and the story will be better for it. Wish me luck!
In other news, I am in the midst of creating a brand new fantasy world. This world will include two new races, Asian unicorns, multiple dragon breeds (it’s not cool without dragons 😉 ), and (hopefully) a rich and vast history. Right now I am working on some sort of a naming language for it. (A much more daunting task than I first imaged, for I am no Professor Tolkien.) So far I have at three stories I plan on setting in this new world, quite possibly more. What’s it’s name you ask? Well, it doesn’t have one, not yet.
Well, that’s it. Right now I’m in the midst of wedding planning and not doing much writing. Hopefully I will be back at it after the exciting event this fall and after I am settled in Oklahoma. 🙂