The picture above is what I’ve been doing off and on for the last couple of days. It’s a timeline of all of the events in Touch of the Moon. I had a hand drawn one on a piece of paper, but it was indecipherable and I’ll need to keep track of the events of what happened before, during, and after the story, because there will be another. I need to keep track of what happened and who did what. There is some carry over into the next book. That’s why it’s color coded.
Each viewpoint character + the villain has a color and new characters will get their own as well. I needed a way to put in new things after I finished listing the main points. It’s basic, but it will let me get a clear view of everything that’s going on.
As is normal near the end of a book, I’m flooded with ideas. I’d probably think I was sick if I ended a book without my mind spinning with a lot of “ooh, shiny” moments to distract me. None of them related to what I’m finishing. What this means is that I just put down some notes for three more books that will follow what I intended to be a four book series. The last of those three might lead to more books, but except for the first one, the ideas are mere sketches and need a lot of work before their ready to write.
At the time of writing this, Guardian is sitting on the back burner waiting to be revised. I’ll pick it back up when it’s had time to fade from the front of my mind. I know I’ll have some fixing to do with that one, but I’m keeping a positive attitude about it. One book is submitted. The other is still being revised. I’m a little behind where I hoped to be on it, but I’m still feeling really good about this book.
Writing in general for the last few days has been great. I must be doing something right.
I’ve got the normal nervousness after submitting. The uh oh did I check this, did I title that right jitters. But I’m focusing on the books I’m working on now to get past that.
I like Les’s new book so far. Let me just say that she surprised me with an evil plan. In other news, I’m working on solidifying the plot for the next in paranormal contemporary Gargoyle and all I need to fall into place is the outer conflict.