...Good question :)
Minor spoiler if you haven’t read my 2nd fantasy novel Buried in Angst...but if you have, you probably remember that I left a few, tiny cliffhangers at the end. *Ahem* While they really pushed the series in the direction I wanted, they have made the 3rd installment a challenge.
More than ever, I really feel the need to be careful. I introduced a lot at the end of book 2 and could easily dive too deep into those stories. I don't want to dilute the main story of Angst and his friends, so I'm taking my time to be careful. It's tricky, and more time consuming than I expected.
It's really important to me that my fantasy novels are fun and easy to read, but remain interesting enough to hold your attention. That sort of balance becomes precarious when you have multiple dangling plot threads. Those threads could easily live on their own, but I really feel that each of them needs to feed into the main story to remain relevant. <Insert deep sigh> While I’m having fun, it's not nearly as easy as I thought it would be.
The important thing is I feel really good about what I've written so far. (If I didn't, I’d start over.) The beginning, and ending, of each book is clear in my head as if I just watched it in the theater. (Wouldn't that be nice!) While the path may be a little bumpy, I really do know where I’m headed...most of the time.
Aside from personal tragedy or Yellowstone blowing up (what could possibly go wrong?), Drowning in Angst will be released in 2014. My goal is to have it done by the end of the summer, and if it's not I promise to let you know!
Friday, May 16, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Insecure David (yeah, he's in there somewhere) has a nagging concern. At what point and time do I wear out my welcome? Do I go to the same cons repeatedly, or do I visit them every other year so they don't suffer David burnout? The only real measure I have for this is book sales. (Well, and spitting. When people spit on me, that's a bad sign.) Cons really aren't about book sales; I consider selling books a bonus to the rest of the adventure. But if I only sold five or ten books, I'd have to wonder if it would be wise to give everyone a break. And after a great Demicon 24, I would never have expected to sell more.
Ashley Schonberg was pretty fantastic. Check out her cool blog and then buy her cool stuff.
http://www.bacaworld.org/ or if you're in Iowa here is a link to the local chapter: http://iowa.bacaworld.org/
Dennis Green on Finding Time to Write. Be sure to visit Dennis' site to learn more about his writing. All of the panels were well attended and inspired some lively discussions. I received several compliments, and I didn't even hear anyone snore! (I also got to wear my Superman cape for my superhero panel. Win!)
Room parties at Demicon are superb. We were up late into the night, enjoying both costumes and the good company. Fortunately nobody recorded me singing "Happy" in the karaoke room, but I have to share this video of our friend Joe singing "Stars" from Les Misérables. Before picking up the mic, he mentioned never having sung this song before, but that it was one of his favorites. While I assume everyone is a better singer than me, I never expected his Broadway voice. I promise, it's worth a few minutes to listen. http://youtu.be/15R42QQlDUA
My sincere thanks to everyone who makes Demicon happen and allowing me to participate. I really appreciate the great spot in the dealer room too! I also need to thanks Amanda Alexander for coordinating the panels and including me in the fun! Finally, to all of our friends, you're awesome - we can't wait to see you next year!
I also have to thank my partner in crime. Those who spent time with Cristi at Demicon know she is much more than a pretty face. (Though she is definitely that, too!) I couldn't ask for better support. She rocks the costume, is always great help, has fantastic suggestions, and is so much fun. I really couldn't do cons without her, nor would I want to. Thanks Shiny!
Oh, and about those book sales. I sold more books than last year. I will now throw those theories and insecurities out the window and just continue showing up to the party - especially if the party is Demicon!