So this blog post contains a little bit everything (hence the title). I will try to keep this post shorter than normal; it (hopefully) will be just an update post.
I was really happy with the way “Here Be Monsters” (HBM) turned out. I haven’t heard a response from the 1st market that I sent it to yet, but having the setting allowed me to focus on the characters in a way that I haven’t been able to since “Dragonhawk” (DH). I actually like HBM a quite a bit more than DH although they have a lot in common.
Finished “Conquistadors” (finally) after struggling to read it all summer and fall. I shouldn’t complain because it gave be the initial idea and setting for HBM. I loved learning about the Conquistadors and the Aztecs, Maya, and Inca. It’s just that I’m so stressed from teaching that it is hard to pay attention to an in-depth non-fiction work. For the past couple of years, I usually read Fantasy (David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson, and Diane Duane) or Science Fiction (David Weber, Elizabeth Moon) in order to “de-stress.”
Picked a new “history” book from the back of the Conquistadors. It is the Condottieri. Hopefully, lightning will strike twice and I’ll be able to find an awesome story from this time period. I just ordered a used copy from Amazon.com today.
I plan on revising Rocketman for my next project. It will follow the same 3 act structure (beginning, middle, end) as HBM, but I think I need a short half a page prologue/epilogue to completely get it where I want it. I think I’ve settled on an epigraph to highlight the theme. More on this later.
I really want to see if I can raise my game and go back to school. I’d like to perhaps teach in Higher Education and for that I’ll need a PhD. I’m going to apply to PhD programs this year in hopes that I will be accepted. Much of my “free” time will be spent studying for the GRE and preparing applications for various schools, so my writing output will be reduced temporarily as I try to accomplish this goal.
The creative process will not wait, however. I’ve begun to write down ideas for my next story. I don’t have a title yet (although I have a tentative grasp of some of the characters and some of the plot.) All I can say at this point is the inspiration that inspired me to start planning out the story. One was a dream that I had last night with a gunslinger. The other was a phrase that I wrote down about a month ago while still working on HBM: “Jedi Gunslingers.” More on this later!
That’s all I have at the moment!