I hope it's been a productive week for all of you writers out there. I mostly had a week off as I await more feedback from beta readers -- and that's a good thing. I'm not always the best at giving myself time off, so occasionally it's nice to find myself without a project needing my attention. Still, my mind isn't awesome at vacation.
So as I wait for input on Queen Witch, my mind keeps returning to the next thing I'll write: Shield, the fifth and final Children of the Sidhe novella. I've known what happens at the beginning of this book for months, and I figured out the big BANG weeks and weeks ago. On Thursday, I pulled those two ends of the outline together by filling in all of the middle scenes to take me from point A to point B. It is shiny and new and calling to me, oh so seductively. I MUST get Queen Witch published before I put pen to paper on yet another book. MUST.
Since I'm still hoping to publish Queen Witch the week before Halloween, I'm thinking I'll write Shield during November. The other reason to do so is that if I'm not writing a book during November, I'll be sad. All of that NaNo energy swirling about, everyone else's exciting updates...I must write something during November. And a 25-30k project that finishes up a series I've been working on for years? Yeah! And if I don't finish it during November, that's okay, too. I have books three and four still to revise, edit and release. But it would be great to have book five on paper before I publish book three. I already thought of a couple of things to add to book three based on the outline for book five.
I have a bit to do to prepare for writing Shield, so that's my goal for this week: finish character profiles, determine the setting for a major piece of action, and solidify all of the characters' roles in the series conclusion.
I will also incorporate the first beta input I received on Queen Witch, and hopefully hear from my other betas in the next few days. I'm going to have some trouble getting a major block of time to work on incorporating that input, so I'd better get started in the next couple of days.
Good luck with the coming week, folks!