It has been a glum last couple of weeks but I've done my best not to let that bother me or interfere with my work. The last sixteen days, I've officially achieved my goal for Spade this month and I've made small strides on The Chosen Two.
With Spade, I have now increased its completion from 28% to 35%. The novel continues to come together each day, establishing its continuity, coherence, and its own unique identity. The more I write it, the more I think it might be difficult to contain Spade in one book, thinking a Trilogy might be necessary to say everything I need to. If that happens, I will do my best to have the series available as promptly as I can. I've considered even shelving one of my novels from .EXE 2020 and trying to have Spade 1 & 2 available each in the same year.
I'm having a lot of fun with the novel and, even if the second and eventual final draft will need a lot of work, I think it might be one of the "me-ist" novels I've ever written in-terms of its comedic approach and outlandish nature.
As far as The Chosen Two is concerned, I've increased from 18% to 22%, and I'm only 2,000 words shy for my goal-this month. I feel I've made a very solid foundation for the fantasy series and I look forward to further collaboration with Scott Moore on the novel heading forward. As we start finding a clearer idea in-regards to what we want to do, I think the novel will come together very fast.
The Canes III hasn't received a lot of my attention this month yet. Partly, it's because I am waiting for Scott to write his first installment of The Life and Crimes of Detective Barker so I'm not way ahead of him, but I also have been having a little trouble with how I want to shape the story. I think I have a very strong payoff, but I haven't cracked the basis for what I want to do.
Lunacy's Dance is the fourth novel for the .EXE 2020 series of books, and if you can't tell by the cover work, it sees me returning to the horror genre. The story follows several college students who take a senior trip to the Mountain of Jalint, a mountain made famous for its religious undertones and majesty, but also known for attracting cultists and the setting for many ghost stories. A "blood-relative" to my third novel Catherine: Forever with Love, the series touches on much of the same themes and lifts a lot of Maharris' lineage and backstory. In the same way Catherine connects with Maharris Fantasy books like Katalene and The Red Flux, Lunacy's Dance pulls from the world to craft a new, unique, standalone story.
I started writing out ideas for Lunacy's Dance back in early 2017, but I've narrowed my focus on it this year. Currently, it sits at 49,000 words, and I intend to finish the novel shortly after I finish Spade.
That's really all I have for the month though. Which I don't think is a bad two week haul by any stretch. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys at the end of the month with more information. Cheers!
The Chosen Two
The Canes III