The 5,000 or so of you out there who read this blog without commenting (and I know you’re out there! Don’t try to deny me my fantasy, you imaginary people!) may have noticed I haven’t written in a little bit. It’s a side-effect of a week-long writing break I’ve been on until, well, today. (Bonus points if you can guess when I started.)
A quick writing update: While I wrote an ending to Legacy of Memory at the end of June, I’ve since been tweaking and rewriting, little by little. This is based both on my own general read-throughs as well as comments from a few people I’ve got reading. (Thanks again to you three, by the way. And Joe? Hurry up with those final chapters!) A couple of weeks ago, having gotten to a place where I didn’t want to tweak any more until I heard back from said readers, I decided to turn my attention toward writing something else.
This wound up presenting a problem as my momentum from trying to finish one book carried over into my trying to start another, and like a rollerblader who speeds down a hill off of smooth cement into mud, my creative feet got tripped up plowing through the thickness of an as yet undreamt-of plot and sent the rest of my creative body hurling head over heels into the writing miasma…or something. Clearly the metaphor’s buckling under it’s own weight here, but you get the idea. So I opted to take a week off, not think about ANYthing related to writing, publishing, or blogging, and just let my brain reboot itself a little.
So I’m back! Now for those of you wondering about what the new book is about, the short answer is I’m not sure. I’ve always said that Legacy of Memory was only the second in a three-book arc, so it would make sense that I’d now be working on the third and final book, right? Ha! Shows what you know. I’m the guy who came up with the battery-powered battery recharger and once folded an 10′ origami crane on the middle of the UW campus at 2am, so if you’re expecting me to make sense all the time, rabbit football doodlewhomp.
While it is possible that the next book I write will be a sequel to A Shadow in the Flames and Legacy of Memory (and I’ve always liked the title Here Be Dragons for that one, but who knows?), I may instead try to publish a single, stand-alone book that will hopefully get me further into the publishing world than I currently am and thus help get more attention to the three-book series. The up-side of writing something completely new is that the utterly blank slate gives me a chance to scratch some creative itches that I haven’t yet been able to explore in novel form. The down-side is that it’s an UTTERLY BLANK SLATE! So for the moment I’m mostly in what Terry Brooks would call the dreaming stage, which essentially involves a lot of walking into things while pondering my creative options (when I’m not in a café doing the same thing only sitting down and caffinated). It’s both fun and frustrating, which I suppose describes a lot of things in life.
I’ve got a few ideas that I’m working on exploring, but no one thing that I’ve decided on. I suppose I could tell you at least one: rabbit football doodlewhomp.
…I’m probably not going to go with that one.
Michael G. Munz