Lets get this out of the way right now: Her Demonic Majesty is finished. I received the finished edited manuscript yesterday afternoon, and I had it ported into Scrivener, and chapters updated, by five-thirty in the afternoon. (Or as my friends in the rest of the world would say, 17:30. Audrey and Cytheria would say that, too, just because.) Today I write the dedication page and start getting the Table of Contents in place, and all that remains is the upload and publication.
So this part of my writing life is almost over. Though, really, it’ll never be over, because this will become my first published novel, and that’s something you sort of look at with a bit of nostalgia ”Remember when you published Demonic Majesty back in ’13?” ”Oh, yeah: that thing was a bitch to finish. Pass me some caviar. . .” Just kidding: I don’t care for caviar. I’d probably be drinking some European beer instead.
I’ve already had someone ask when I’m going to have the book up on Kindle. My reply was, “Soon”. I want my accounts in order, I need to run it through the Smashwords meat grinder–there are still a few steps remaining, but it’s going to be soon. Before the end of the month, I think. If not next weekend, then maybe Memorial Day weekend. But soon.
Which means, I’m already on to the next thing . . .
I’ve not started writing yet, but I’m doing a lot of thinking, and not a bit of world building. I have my erotic cabin story to start setting up–yes, I’m still doing that–and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this new world I’m creating, one with all the strange things that really happen in the world, but no one knows about. Scoff and say it’s been done already, but I don’t care, it’s a world for a couple of my favorite characters, and I’m going there.
I began looking at the layout of the interior of Cape Ann, and under satellite it doesn’t look too bad, but when you switch over to a terrain map–geez, oh, is it rough! It’s not a simple expanse of level ground; it’s rocky and hilly, and a perfect place for people with unusual skills to have built a place of higher learning.
Now I’m getting into the things I like, because making maps of places is something I dearly love, and once I begin getting ideas about how the Institute should appear, I’ll come up with some very interesting things. At least I hope they’re interesting: I’d hate to put a lot of work into this stuff, then have it ignored–
Ah, who cares? It’s what I want to do. World building is something every writer should do now and then, and have a blast throughout the creation. And if you manage to root it a bit of reality, then it becomes an even greater world, because you’re interfacing the possible with the maybe-impossible, and it doesn’t get much better than that.
So much to do, so little time to get it done. You’d swear I do this for a living.