There's been a lot of gray cell activity this weekend following the completion of The House of Ash and some projections as to my progress involving the book coming after that. And as always, I come out of it making an outright liar of myself, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed me since the beginning.
Okay, you know how I said I really, really need to slow down and put more space between books?
Because given the recent surge in energy I've been having (for over a year now, frankly) so that I've been able to work on simultaneous books on the weekends, it looks like some factors are somehow working together to make things -- er -- way more doable than I first expected. Like I can really (realistically) get away with publishing four novellas in a year.
Remember three novellas? Or an alternating two novellas one year, three the next, etc., when I follow a five-month release schedule?
So what changed my mind?
Ideas. Story ideas. Too many of them hitting me at the same time and getting me really worked up and so motivated to get going on them, and it sure doesn't help that despite my fatigue from my day job, that part of my life doesn't zap my need to create at all because I'm no longer in an environment where my mental and emotional health are constantly being tested. Any fatigue I experience is strictly physical and nothing else. My mood's good, I'm a lot more aware of what I do, and even when I'm just crashing when I get home, I'm mentally in a pretty good place.
And basically what that means is an updated calendar for the rest of 2023 looking like this:
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So a good deal of movement happening here so that 2024 will begin with Charon's Crossing. Not sure what month yet (likely February), but if the energy and motivation levels hold, we're looking at another four-book calendar next year.
Next year might also mark the final year for any sequels for Ghosts and Tea (I know -- it's crushing for me, but I don't want to drag this series out any longer than necessary). Now I don't know how many more books can be written after Ada and the Singing Skull, but as I've mentioned before, I'm looking at somewhere around 8 - 10 books total for this collection. It might very well be 8 since I find myself more inspired with story ideas for standalone gothic books than for Prue and Freddy's universe.
I'll grieve and raise a tea cup in their honor, but if there's nothing there, there's nothing there. Know what I mean? As long as I end the series with an appropriate conclusion, I'll be happy.
So as always: onward!
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