Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Writing Update: October 2008

A couple weeks ago, I completed the first draft of "Stranger On A Quiet Street" which is what I hope will be the first in a new series called "Worlds Collide." Since then, I've been vigorously editing the first draft and I'll probably have all my notes down by the end of this week. Next week, I'll get the edits into the manuscript and I'll have a pretty clean second draft that I can put aside for awhile.

Already, I've started considering what I'm going to write next. My mind continues to circle a concept that I discussed with a friend of mine (Doug Coning) years ago. The kernel of the idea was his so I didn't want to pursue it without at least chatting with him again and getting his blessing to go ahead with it and develop it to my satisfaction.

Last week, I wrote to him and he gave me the go-ahead. There are a lot of research aspects to the world-building that I will need to do and it sounds as if Doug is very interested in bouncing ideas around with me on the subject. So I'm looking forward to that. I'm sure Lori will have some input too and I'll be referring to some of her late father's related documents as well. That's all I'm going to say for now! I don't want to spoil the fun nor do I want to let the concept for the story to slip just yet.

In the meantime, and before I really get the ball rolling on the new story, I'm going to have to keep my editorial hat on for a few more weeks because I owe my publisher a new draft of "Hope For Tomorrow" (Fairlight #2) soon. I might as well get it out of the way so I don't have to interrupt the new story with it. So that will be next, once I finish the second draft of SOAQS.

So that's the update. "Chance For The Future" is still supposedly shooting for a February 2009 release in hard cover. Mass market paperback to follow after. I hope the schedule doesn't shift again.

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