With the Critique Survival Guide now out in the wild, it’s time to turn to new horizons. I can finally get back to a project I’ve been longing to work on for ages - a sequel to Ghosts of Innocence.
I keep a small document where I summarize progress of projects through various stages of production. It was a shock to see that it’s been over six years since I last looked at this one. I had started it, drafted some scenes, made some notes, then set it aside to polish and publish Ghosts, then write and publish Tiamat’s Nest.
This is an exciting stage of a book. At the moment I have a lot of scattered characters and events but only the vaguest sense of direction. Looking back on my old notes I’m refreshing my memory on loads of ideas and plot twists I’d completely forgotten about, which is a strange feeling. At the same time I realize the whole story badly needs a strong boot up the ass. The high level plot and conclusion had always felt weak to me, which is one reason I set it to one side all those years ago, but I’ve now got some ideas on how to up the stakes to a more satisfying level.