The dust settles and its time to get to work.
Not that I haven't already been working, you understand? I feel a bit like a swimmer who started his race in January at the end of the Elite Kickstarter and is only just coming up for air.
So here's where I am.
1. I have the third book in the Wisimir series to write - Lord of Wisimir. I want to finish this. The deadline is September 2013. I still intend to make it.
2. I have Elite: Lave Revolution to write. Possibly the biggest opportunity of my writing career to date. It has to be done and signed off by March 2014.
Two projects at the same time probably isn't ideal. However, looking back, I had another three book ideas 'on the go' at the start of the year. Thankfully, these have been shelved.
Initially I had in mind a linear process. Write Wisimir, then Revolution. It was probably a naive thought. The two texts are very different and the imagined worlds contrasting. For a few weeks I set word count and chapter goals for Lord of Wisimir whilst my head was thinking about spaceships and the like. In the end, I succumbed and let the muse have its way.
What followed was some of the most productive writing days of my life.
Today is June 20th 2013. I have three quarters of Lord of Wisimir complete and am approaching 50% of Elite: Lave Revolution. There have been sacrifices. A couple of weekends camping where I did nothing but sit in a tent and write. I was supposed to be in costume, running around a field, but I barely left the laptop alone. Why did you go I hear you ask? I'm not sure, but the change of environment seemed to help.
Work in May and June are a busy time. Assignments need to be completed and marked, there's exam boards and all sorts of other stuff. Granted, the teaching relaxes, but deadlines are deadlines. I also have a few 'other projects' some for friends, etc... My life is a busy busy place, although you might not know it, seeing me sat on the couch!
But the writing is going well and working with two books brings its own benefits. When one becomes uninspiring, the other takes off.
The peripheral projects around Lave Revolution are also very involved. I have approximately twenty five minutes of the music album completed and several draft scripts written for the short film. The music has been a wonderful re-discovery of what I can do. The synthesizers unpacked and expanded. I've also discovered digital art and for the first time in my life, created scenes from things I'm writing.
People have said to me in the past, "why not concentrate on one thing?" In this instance, its been inspiring to have lots of difference elements going on. I'm immersed and seeing the regular updates from Frontier Developments, the Forums, the Lave Radio team and the other writers encourages me to aim even higher. The regular videos and newsletters are a great incentive and this week, they even included a short piece of fiction I wrote.
You can read it, here.
Over the next few weeks, I'll try to post more details here about my progress and the different projects.