I know it's been a few weeks since I've posted anything; don't worry, I'm still writing but the holidays are for family so I've been spending quite some time with mine. I did, however, want to give you some news on my efforts.
I'm a mercurial writer -- it means I write things as I feel them. Even when I don't really care for what I'm writing, I still write -- I wonder, sometimes, if I don't suffer from some strange form of OCD since there are times I don't WANT to write and I just can't help myself.
"Ring of Command" -- I started writing this 2 years ago. I wrote 11.5 chapters before I put it aside. I finished up chapter 12 and started posting it (proof-reading one final time before sending it over the ether to SOL) a chapter at a time. When I finished chapter 12, I was elated and thought I'd really start writing this again in my spare time -- and I haven't. I will, however. It's just a matter of finding the time. Meanwhile, I'll likely post another chapter very soon (maybe today!) and then start stretching that out a bit until I write the next chapter. I don't want to run out of buffer...
"Mirror" -- I'm about half way through chapter 13 (and my editors are beginning to fear I've abandoned it) and I've run into some conceptual issues that caused me to re-think some of what I'm doing. Luckily, I've come up with some solutions using two characters that were meant to be more-or-less throwaway characters and I'm implementing that now -- it doesn't require ANY re-write (thankfully) but it does mean I have to adjust my chapter plans a bit.
"Beautiful 2" -- When I posted 'Beautiful' I received a very large number of e-mails that were disappointed that I hadn't carried David's character to a happy ending. I never intended to actually write a 'sequel' but some of the e-mails got me thinking and before I knew it the sequel had invaded my mind. I'm about 11 pages into it, writing piecemeal which is never good, but remarkably it IS coming along. Even more remarkable, I was able to pick David's character up after a long hiatus -- something I didn't think I'd be able to do. So, expect this when it's finished (no timetable).
"Not Enough" sequel -- I've got the basic outline but...Marc's character is very difficult for me to write. I really need to be in a dark place to do it and, at the moment, I've actually been quite content for my life. You wouldn't think Marc was a dark character but there is a certain ruthlessness and drive to him that I just don't share. I need to invade his mind and I haven't been able to do that. THERE WILL be a sequel...it's just going to take a little while.
There are other stories in my hopper in all manner of states from outlined to partially written. Some will never see the light of day and others are just waiting their turn. Hopefully, I can share them with you soon.
For now, though, I hope that all of you have a very happy and prosperous New Year.