Coming Fast at You, Three Posts in One Day
Part One: Research and Projects
I’m about to start writing The Goetic High, my first novel. This novel is contemporary fantasy, maybe urban fantasy given the setting. At the same time, I’m researching medieval history and culture for the next project, The Lion and the Hare.
I may be jinxing myself, but I want to write a bit about The Lion and the Hare. That project will be a fantasy of epic historicism. And featuring a protagonist probably never seen before in fantasy. Certainly not epic fantasy.
I’ve gotten a fair amount of research done. I’ve learned a lot. And I know where I need to go for further research. But, I’m kind of tired of so much medieval history.
I need a break. Luckily I only have one more book on my docket for the moment.
Fickleness is one of my major character flaws. Life would be so much easier if I could focus on a project and follow through on it. But, I grow bored easily.
What I’ve decided to do is write one project and research the next. Right now, I’m getting ready to write The Goetic High and researching The Lion and the Hare. Once I’ve got that finished, I’ll work on writing The Lion and the Hare and start research on Two Cities. And so on.
In a way, I don’t know how potential publishers will deal with me. I have no real interest in limiting my writing to a single genre or subgenre. My first novel is contemporary fantasy, the next (maybe series) is secondary world, the third is hard science fantasy (I think), etc. If I go with a traditional publishing model, I hope I can get away with just using my own name rather than a silly amount of pen names.
Despite my exhaustion with the research (and the frustration of over using interlibrary loan), I’m having a blast with this.