[Crossposted from At The Crossroads. Comment wherever you want.]
I realised the other day that I’ve been updating my LiveJournal pretty often, and I’ve neglected this blog. If you’re on LJ, you can follow me at http://elven-wolf.livejournal.com, but for the moment I am attempting to keep both blogs updated at once. (Thank you, Windows Live Writer!)
Among other goings-on, I’ve finished the definitive draft of Terra Paradox, the YA novella that starts off the series ‘Gods of Gaia’. This series will be a complete revamping of my ‘Legacy of Olympus’ trilogy that never got finished. My beta readers for that had reactions which ranged from ‘great! I couldn’t put it down!’ to ‘I couldn’t even get into it’. While that sort of thing is to be expected, I had problems with it myself, so I shelved it.
To be honest, I don’t even remember what made me pick up the bare bones of the story and rearrange them. I knew I couldn’t finish it as it was – I’d grown as a writer and person since I last worked on it, and I was no longer in the same headspace that I’d been then. I couldn’t write the same story, even if it was meant to be ‘Young Adult’ fiction.
It is, however, a fairly large tale, which, at its core, was always meant to chronicle a war for independence in an alternate reality. So it will take two or three books to tell, even in its current ‘stripped down’ version.
I’ve begun plotting the second book, tentatively titled Terra Incognita, and also have begun the first draft of an unrelated novel, also tentatively titled The Outlaw Duchess. Either that or The Duchess of Elway. I can’t decide yet. More on that as it develops.
For now, I will leave you with the wonderfulness that is the ‘Trololo Song’. RIP Eduard Khil.