Hide and Seek is done. Well, very nearly, anyways.
Last night I wrote, and today I posted, the final chapter in my longest Special People story arc yet. It was Chapter 55, and the total length of the story is about 50,000 words.
I have a brief epilogue to write, containing one final scene, and then that'll be that. The story will be finished and I can move on.
Except not quite.
My long-term goal with Special People is to package up the story arcs into (self-)publishable, printable books and sell them through my Store, alongside my other writing. Why hasn't that happened yet? After all, I'd already completed three story arcs before I even started Hide and Seek.
Well, put simply, it's because those stories aren't ready to publish. It isn't enough for me to wrap up the serialization of the story and get every chapter up on the website; I also have to deal with editing and, in some cases, rewriting, and there's nothing that shuts down my creative urges like rewriting... Yuck.
Of the stories I've written for Special People so far, I'd say Hide and Seek is maybe in the most publishable shape, though Who Killed Walter Carton? came out pretty decently, too. (Trends suggest that I'm getting better over time!) But before I can release Hide and Seek as a novel, I know for sure that there's one specific chapter I have to significantly rewrite, because I forgot to factor in the use of a character's special ability, and I'm pretty certain there are a variety of problems with the continuity and flow of the story, simply due to the fact that my writing time was spread out over such a long time period. I guarantee I've forgotten some of the details of the early story, and made some blunders in the later chapters because of it.
Then, on top of all that, I have to consider whether it would even make sense to publish Hide and Seek before putting out the arcs that came before it. This is a tricky one, because Hide and Seek actually takes place 10 years before Hands-On and King of the Dark, and doesn't require knowledge of those stories, but I feel like those earlier arcs may do a better job of introducing the reader to the Special People "universe" and its primary character(s).
If I decide that I want to publish the stories in the order I wrote them, that means I have to revisit my plans to rewrite Hands-On and King of the Dark. There's a great road plan laid out for me to do so, but it's going to take time to do it, and like I said, that doesn't exactly get my creative juices flowing.
Thankfully, I'm going to have a month to work through whichever set of edits or rewrites I decide to pursue, while the comic, Change, gets posted. I'll keep everyone updated on my plans as and when I make any decisions.
Boy, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post. I haven't felt the need to post any "life updates", because Larissa has been doing such a great job of that over on her blog (a far better job than I could hope to do, in fact). She posts all kinds of photos and everything!
On the writing front, my output has obviously decreased significantly since the first half of 2012, so I haven't had much to update there, either. I'm still putting out a chapter each week for Special People, though I took a break over Christmas, but any SP-related news items that come up get posted on that site, not here. (You should probably follow along over there, by the way. There's been more progress on the comic project lately, and the current storyline is approaching its finale sequence.) I hope to put a few more interactive opportunities out there for people to get involved with soon, as well.
The Year of Stories is still on indefinite hiatus, and my Lucas Galloway novel is still somewhat in limbo. I don't have the time or creative energy available to me right now to work on multiple projects at once, so in order for me to return to either of those I think I'm going to have to take a break for Special People, which is perhaps something I'll do while the comic is posting, whenever that happens to be.
Something I really should get around to doing soon is compiling 50-Word Stories: Volume Three. All of the material exists on the site already, and I have the cover art, etc., so I just need to choose which stories to include, put the cover and some sort of essay together, and release it. I've been putting it off far too long, and it's about time it went on my actual To-Do List. If I haven't gotten it done by mid-February, someone give my a kick!
Beyond all of these things, life rolls on. I finished Volume 1 of Don Quixote last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to wait until I've read Volume 2 before adding it to my 50 Best Novels list; I've heard that the second volume takes on a somewhat different tone than the first, and I think that may affect how highly I rank it. I wouldn't be surprised to see it land in the top 10 eventually, though.
There are plenty more books out there, including several on my shelves, that I'd like to get around to reading, and I'm going to try to share a few thoughts on them as I finish each one, if for no other reason than to make better use of this space, so that it doesn't sit quite so idle, and also to get my brain and fingers used to more frequent writing again.
P.S. Hockey is back! Hooray!
With our move to Edmonton coming up in about a week (so long as all goes well), I've been encouraging my wife to start a blog as a good way to share our experiences with family and friends back home. She's jumped into the project with both feet, so if you want to get another perspective on what's going on in my life, take a look-see at Larissa.TimSevenhuysen.com.
Now I have to get her WordPress theme prettied up a bit... :)