Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It's All Part of the Plan

Some people have asked me recently where I am going with my writing so I figured this would be as good of a time as any to lay out some of what I have planned for those interested...

Let me start out by saying that I have no shortage of story ideas to write about. Over the years I have accumulated quite a few. Most of them have grown and evolved over the years, and in some cases I have even combined ideas. Some started out as video game ideas back when I was working as a Game Designer and many of them were ideas for comics back when I was leaning towards making my own comics (thankfully I accepted that I don't draw well enough for that and moved on to more productive pursuits). In any event, I have a lot of things I want to write before all is said and done.

That brings us to the present. I recently published Keepers of the Tallath, my first short story. That was a fun and rewarding exercise in many ways. It also allowed me to scratch one thing off of that mental list of stories that I have. As luck would have it though, discussing Keepers with some people spawned a new story idea to take its place on "The List". It is an intriguing idea, but one that I have not put much thought into at this time so it will not be happening any time soon.

While working on Keepers I have also been working on my first full length book. It is a fantasy novel that is the first in a planned trilogy called Imildurin Tales. This story is one of the oldest ones I have had and it has gone through much evolution over the years. I am really enjoying writing it (finally) and I am looking forward to being wrapped up in this world for the next few years. The overall story is planned out in such a way that there could be other books coming in the future from this same universe. I am trying to create a rich world with a definite sense of history so it is definitely possible that I could end up writing more books in this series after the original three I have planned that take place either before or after the current trilogy.

That brings me back to "The List". My plan is to continue to put out the occasional short story while working on Book 1 of Imildurin Tales. Once I get Book 1 published, however I ultimately end up doing that, I will reassess this plan, but for now I want to work to self-publish some shorter works while continuing to move forward on my bigger projects. Thankfully I have enough short story ideas to support this plan for the foreseeable future. I have my next short story all lined up and I am pretty sure I know which one I want to tackle after that. Beyond that, I have at least two more full-length books I want to write, a couple series ideas which could end up being collections of short stories, and also a couple children's book ideas.

So, to boil this all down into one statement; there is plenty more to come. I have just scratched the surface on my writing plans and I am really looking forward to where this is going to go. I have enjoyed every minute of this journey so far and the thought of putting something out there that even a single person would really enjoy is enough to sustain me when I hit a bit of a wall. I know this is going to be a long, hard road and that there will be plenty of bumps along the way, but I have no intention of turning back now. So why not join me?