Okay, so I’ve finished the last book for publication for this year, so I can take a moment to look ahead. Yes, there’re still over three and half months left in 2019, but that’s good space to start working on 2020 goals.
First thing first, next year I’ll publish at least three more books about Lucas. I’ve got ideas, basic outline of one, and the general mind-maps of the other two, so that will happen. Most likely publication dates will be 1-2 in spring and 1-2 in autumn.
Second thing is that I need to write something else, at least for a bit. Something completely different, in fact. So far, I’ve been working on a military, hard sci-fi novel. I will finish that this year and publish early next year (ideally at the start of January). Together with that novel, there’ll be a mini-prequel short story I have somewhat written for the novel (in first draft, with a lot of feedback, not yet edited).
And then there’s space for me to write more stuff, which is what I’m pondering now. As of now, I have three main ideas where to aim whatever remaining writing energy I’ll have in 2020:
- More Lucas novels. An innovative idea, I know, but the three Lucas novels for next year could well turn into four, maybe even five.
- Revive the Requiem for Fallen Gods, the grimdark fantasy series. Here, I there’re currently three books and I’ve got an absolutely awesome concept for book 5.
There are two problems with that. First of all, there’s no book 4 and I don’t have a good concept for it. I’ve tried to come up with one, but it just hasn’t happened. And then there are the current books, from which book 1 I sort-of like, but books 2 and 3 are imo not good enough.
So, I would do a light rewrite of book 1, throw the other two books into the abyss for almost-good-enough ideas, and write a new book 2.
That one would combine the story line of current books 2 and 3 into one book and get to the ending I need for what would now be book 5, so I wouldn’t have to pad the series with a book I don’t really want to write.
And if I do all that, then I could write the book I want, so I would publish that in fall next year if all would go well 🙂
- Write something from the gaslamp/epic/grimdark military fantasy series full of vampires and dragons that has been itching my mind for at least two years. The problem here is that the series is basically a prequel to Requiem for Fallen Gods series, so if I don’t fix that one first, it would fit terribly into the current books. But I could unpublish the RfFG series, write the new series and then fix the RfFG series sometime later.
And then, of course, I could also write something completely else, for which I don’t have any good ideas yet.
But those will come. They always do.