News for those of you who’ve been waiting for Stars’ End: First, it almost certainly won’t be titled Stars’ End. Second, it will be the next-to-last book in this series, which means you’ll get a fifth book, too, eventually. Third, Paul and I have been talking about this book a lot in the last few days, and that really cool scene I’d dreamed about, in which one of my people almost gets killed by a giant purple hexapodal otter-person, is probably not gonna happen… (Yes, I can describe anything to make it sound weirder than it is. It’s just this talent I have.)
We also talked about what book to bring out after the novel formerly called Stars’ End. Paul has a couple of contemporary novels (currently titled Providence and The Eastern Witches’ War, but who knows what we’ll be calling them by the time they’re published?), both needing only a round of light revisions, that are connected to Project Brimstone through one of the characters. (Michael Delling, a major characters in Providence, appears briefly in an early chapter of Project Brimstone.)
…And Paul is once again talking about writing a prequel to “that novel.” I’m all in favor of that. (Nevertheless, it may have been a good thing that I was drinking tea instead of coffee when he mentioned it.) So either we’ll end up integrating Natalie’s story into that book, or there will at least be a reason for me to finish the short story about Dahl & Sons,
scavengers a salvage company going out into the ruins to look for pre-War stuff that someone may want to pay for. The prequel to “that novel” — if we write it — will focus on the Roald Amundsen‘s mission to alpha Centauri. (Yes, describe it that way — say nothing about the Amundsen‘s captain being the primary viewpoint character…) If there’s gonna be a prequel, obviously that pushes back “that novel” yet again.
Then there’s Changing Magic (so very much not a “shifter romance,” no matter what some people are going to think), which is on my mind at this moment because of online discussions about how to write certain types of characters without them “overwhelming the other characters.” I could offer several workable suggestions for that, but I don’t want to give away all my secrets, and these kids wouldn’t listen anyway. They already know that the stereotypes they like best are the only way to go… and as my dear clone-sibling pointed out a little while ago, if they think it can’t be done, that just means Changing Magic will surprise everyone. (My elves aren’t inherently magical nor even haughty and hedonistic, my dragons are small and don’t have any kind of breath weapons, my wizards are actually just scholars, my princess is neither a rebellious badass swordswoman nor a spoiled and indolent fashionista, and my “fantasy” novel is low-tech sci-fi. I do everything wrong, don’t I?) This one will have to be published out of sequence, in relation to the rest, but I have an “in-story” excuse for that: the setting has been cut off from everywhere else for a long time, so there was no chance for anyone (not even Drake or Jon) to know what was happening there. Readers have already met one character from that setting, though, and will soon meet another.
[types and then deletes something about feeling relief that the title Stars’ End is being dropped: much blather about backstory and ‘would have happened’ and something going boom]
Well, it’s half past seven now, and I need to go find something to eat. (I like to do that every day, since I can.) Then I’m gonna drag my clone-sibling out of his
lair hobby room and talk with him about writing sci-fi. And tomorrow I may blog about the results of that conversation.