If by now you are just dying to know what else happens in the Owen Hunter Trilogy, I promise you’re not alone. I’m one of its biggest fans. The way things are going with work-scheduling and life, I’m able to focus my attention on the book less of the time than I had before. What that means is, I am writing when I can. I will need to vet and proof this book a lot before I release it out to the world. The good news? I’m (as of last night) 90k words out of 150k words.
Where I used to be bench-pressing 2k words per day, I’m lucky if I can squeeze out 800 or thereabouts (sometimes 1k). What that means is, I need more time–leniency, if you will, to get through the rough-draft of the manuscript. What that means is…I may have to push my finish time up another 2 months or so. I’m hoping that won’t be the case, but it feels unrealistic given everything else, that I can finish it in another 30 days. If I had more time to devote, believe me, I would. The story has my attention–I think about it while at work, and I think about it while I’m trying to sleep. And I write whenever and wherever I can, which is limited. So, it may be that I need more like 65-75 days to complete this story.
Yes, if you’re wondering, the story is amazing, and yes, I know more and less where things are headed. As usually happens for me, I get just as surprised by the twists and turns in the plot as anyone else–although sometimes I do see them coming.
I really don’t want to keep you all waiting too much longer. Writing a book…is both easy, and hard. It’s easy when you’re able to get a quiet chunk of time–like I have now and am about to take advantage of–and you have your Muse handing you cup-after brilliant-cup of inspiration. It’s hard when the Muse went on vacation with a terse note saying
Figure it out, pal.
I’m doing my best. All the writers in the world are doing their best. We need leniency. Luckily for me, I’m the only one really putting any pressure on myself to finish writing book 2, have it cleanly edited and proofread, and then sent to the delivery systems (Amazon, BN, etc. etc.) for you to grab hold of. Whoever you are, and however interested in this story you may be.
Last night I wrote a scene that surprised (and frankly, scared) the shit out of me. It meant two things: my writing took a bump upward in skill, and it meant I had a lotta splainin’ ta do!
I’ll keep you posted, as always. Oh, and one more thing. I’m hoping that when I settle on whatever the first chapter of the sequel is going to be, that I’ll give fans the opportunity to read it here before it comes out!
Now…back to it!