Last night, after my nap, I wondered what I should do. It was the first time in over a year and a half–really longer than that, if I get honest with myself–that I haven’t had to think about my kids. Or sit and write about them. Or do both: sit and write. It’s been a bit of a weight off my shoulder–
And at the same time I’m a bit lost about what to do next.
Or at least I was. I started working on that, because I’m always working. But first, what I did that puts a lie to that first paragraph.
Because I get bored, and because I start looking for things to do when I’m bored, I started playing with a few things on the computer. And by “playing”, I mean I began making plans. For, you ask? Why, the next Foundation novel, what else? I’ve wondered when and if I would get it done, but I will more than likely start on it sometime . . . soon. Maybe during the summer, maybe as my opening shot in Camp NaNo July, which I have gone through successfully twice now. (For the record I always blow off the April camp, because I need a rest.)
The first thing I did was fix up my Scrivener projects. I’ve always had my first novel on Salem, The Scouring, embedded inside the A For Advanced project, and I felt that needed to change. Last night I broke them apart and gave them their own places to stay, then renamed A For Advanced so that it would better fit in with the names for the novels. Then saved it all off to the external hard drives and I was good to go.
Then came Aeon Timeline, because if there is going to be a next novel, it needs stuff filled in. When I put the basic time line together, most of the layout for the next novel revolved around Kerry, because SPOILERS! a major event happens in his life during his B Levels. Not that something big didn’t happen to him during his A Levels, but most of what I laid out dealt with the circumstances of this event.
I know how that works for Annie as well, and speaking of Annie, it’s a different time for her. You do find out why she doesn’t have a computer, and if she gets one, or even a phone. You start to go through her flight training. And based on something I came up with last night, you finally get to see what happened when someone is called out and it’s time to take the Magical Fight to the Mat. (Hint: Annie does the calling, but it doesn’t go the way she expects.)
If I want to do this right, I need to start plotting out events as they happen. I know what Annie gets for her thirteenth birthday (Teenage Witch, watch out!), but I don’t know what Kerry gets for his. I know what Kerry plays as Ostara, and I know that Annie wants to work on her paintings and drawings. I also know that, for the first time, Annie starts feeling something that Kerry has felt for a long time, and they bring up the subject together.
I added another arc in Aeon Timelines: Book Events. What’s that? It’s the time frame covered by the story, in case I was wondering the actual frame for the stories. That will be important for the coming novels, because the opening of the stories take place before school–and with a couple of novels, cover a lot of the summer before school even starts. (The D Level novel will do this and more.)
So now I have this on my time line:
Don’t take this to mean I’m going to start writing tomorrow. There is planing afoot, but that’s it: nothing more. Tomorrow I’ll talk about what I really have planed next.
And speaking of planning: I need five topics to write about next week, which means it’s time for Reader Input! So if there’s something you’d like me to write about, leave a comment in the, um, comment area and if I select your idea, you’ll get a byline as the originator of the post as well.
Give it your best shot.