It was a long, hard road. I wrote more in two weeks than I have since NaNoWriMo. But, thanks to the power of deadlines, I did it. The last major revision of Fugitives from Earth is done.
That doesn’t mean the novel is done done. I’m starting to seriously doubt that day will ever come. There’s still a last streamlining edit–I want to read through the whole thing and smooth over any egregiously uneven bits–and, following just behind that, the copyediting. My wife the copyeditor will also be looking for consistency and any other major uh-ohs that somehow escape my iron insight.
And that’s to say nothing about the actual layout or cover art. Fortunately, that stuff isn’t nearly so intense and the deadline isn’t quite so close. Even better, it all means that I can stop putting the bulk of my creative energies into FfE.
So what’s next in the immediate future other than what I mentioned above? Well, I’ve got a bunch of ideas for short stories I want to write. I was going to start getting into short stories several months ago, you may recall, but the deadline pressures were just too much. That’s no longer true, of course, so even when work on the next novel commences, I want to keep shorts part of my routine.
Speaking of the next novel, I’m starting to assemble my thoughts for the pre-writing process. I’ve had a bunch of semi-coherent ideas bouncing around for months, and I think they’ve just gestated enough that they’ll survive being written down.
I haven’t decided on anything firmly, mind, but it’s going to be much different from FfE (no sequels for me, thank you. At least, not yet). It’ll be young adult. It’ll be urban fantasy of an unusual sort. It’ll have just one or two viewpoints and take place over a much shorter time than FfE.
Hopefully, it’ll also take me less time to write.