Busy With The Sequels

Happy Friday Everybody!

So this week I’ve been working away on my new book, which will be the third and last installment of the Non-Vampire trilogy. Yeah, it’s been a long time coming, but at least it is coming.

Last week I had a character throw me off track, and I’m still overcoming that. The idea was supposed to be that two of the characters go out of town, come back home, things progress as they were until maybe 50 pages later(approximately), then a supporting character does something that changes things. It gave me time to set up everything. It gave me time to build up support, to continue the tension, to make it all make sense. Instead that character took the opportunity of the other characters being out of town to just jump ahead fifty pages, totally throwing my well-planned series of events off track.

I talk to people around me like this, like my characters are real people with their own minds and their own ideas. They are. I know it sounds crazy, but I don’t just create these characters and mold them whenever I feel like it. Yes, I create them, but that’s where it stops. It’s like giving birth to a child in that you created them, you can influence them, but in the end they have their own minds and will do things you don’t always approve of.

No, we don’t have children, but I helped with a bunch of nieces and nephews, as did my wife, and I know a thing or two about kids and how much you can really make them into what you want them to be. In short, it ain’t happenin. Some are going to take on your values as they grow, and some will not. You have to be okay with that as a parent or aunt or whatever your relation to them is. It’s the same with my characters. I can give birth to them, try to instill the proper values in them, try to explain to them what the best way to live and be happy is, and some are still going to do things I don’t want them to. And that’s okay. It’s interesting.

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with when I’m writing, but still…

I’m making progress, so that’s good. I haven’t quite figured out how to get from where I’m at to where I want the story to go, but I’ll see what happens as the story moves along. Then, of course, I have to go back and punch up the character dialog to make it more consistent with the way each character spoke and their personalities from the first two books. Character consistency can be a pain in sequels.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to come up with an idea for the cover of Freedom’s Fate’s second book. I have a title (which I don’t think I’ve shared yet, and I don’t intend to for a while), but no cover idea. I just need a basic thought to give the artist to get him started. I’ll come up with something soon, though. Hopefully.

Anyway, back to the writing. Enjoy the weekend!