As of this morning, my clone-sibling Paul has written more than thirty thousand words of the next (and last, I should point out for everyone who won’t even start reading a series until the final book is published) book of The Awakening, his sci-fi series about Hrothgar Tebrey and friends (and enemies, and relatives… and people who are sort of all of the above). We’re still using Stars’ End as the working title. (Pattern recognition and the boom of headcanon make me not entirely comfortable with this title, but we’ll probably change it, so it’s not a real problem. I think.)
Paul said he wants to finish “that novel” next, since it’s more than half complete anyway. Plot spoiler (because I feel like it): The post-recent-apocalypse setting in part of The Madness Engine is the setting for “that novel.” It’s quite a while later — how much later depends on whose personal timeline you’re using as a reference — but this is the world Drake traveled through while looking for a missing friend. Rumor has it that Paul intends to write more about this setting with Drake as the viewpoint character, in addition to “that novel,” in which — as far as I know — Drake does not appear.
I think we’re going to have to abandon the idea of sticking strictly to chronology when deciding on the order in which to publish our novels. We’ve already done so anyway, with Changing Magic. And at least part of the planned series with Drake as the main character happens before “that novel,” obviously. (In this series, Jon Livingston finally gets some actual “screen time.” Quite a lot, actually. Yay!) I don’t know if the sequel to Project Brimstone happens before “that novel,” but it does happen before the sequel to “that novel.”
I think I’ve mentioned that I have a few writing-related boards on Pinterest. Well, lately I’ve been pinning photos of henges and dolmens and whatnot, both because they look cool (in the sense of “this could inspire someone to write a story”) and because it makes people wonder what I’m up to: “Weaver has been pinning lots of photographs of henges and dolmens and whatnot — is this a hint of what he’s writing now?” Nope. Not even close. On the other hand, the photos of Craftsman-style houses that I’ve been pinning on one of my secret boards are somewhat related to writing projects. Homesickness on the part of one of the major characters, I think. (Sometimes, it does no good to tell him, “You’re not here — and besides, you’re in coldsleep right now — so you shut up.” And I admit, I have been drinking coffee again lately… And I know it was his influence that caused me to purchase new boots last month. Didn’t know why I needed ’em, but as I said to my twin, “I may have been someone who had boots like these.” Paul was the one who figured out that I needed brown engineer boots because Jason wore boots just like them. I had no idea.) For me, writer’s block isn’t when my imaginary friends stop talking to me; it’s when they all talk at once, and I can’t block out everything except the stuff I need for whatever I’m writing.