How strange it is to look up and discover that the only thing I have to write about today is writing.
The last few weeks have been quiet around here. With Kid #2 off to college, it’s just the two youngest here now, and they are finally–finally–both at the same school. I am at last down to one school to manage. I honestly think the last time this happened was when the eldest was in Kindergarten. When he was in first grade, second kid started preschool. It’s been at least two and as many as four schools ever since.
So my days are quiet. I get up, make sure everyone gets to school, get my workout in, and sit down at my desk to work.
Don’t misunderstand–the system is not as neat, tidy, or perfect as it sounds. I have days where everything goes awry, but by and large, this is becoming a fairly normal routine.
And so in this hopefully drama-free-for-the-long-run life, I am breathing again and starting to pursue things I want to do.
While most of my energies right now are focused on rebuilding my freelancing business, I am putting time in on The Taurin Chronicles every day. I thought I’d offer you all a rather in-depth update on the status of the series, and as I started writing, it occurred to me…
I’m on the downhill side of composing this thing.
Soultainted stands at about 82,000 words, and though it needs a lot of work, the story is coming together and making sense with what I wrote in Unquickened. Book five, Wisdomkept, will come next, and I think I’ll draft straight through to the end of it with my 1,000 words per day habit.
That means my first draft of the last book in the series could be done by next summer.
I just… didn’t think it would ever be that close…
It’s a strange thing. I’ve seen this story unfold in my mind for ten years now. I know, basically, how it ends.
But what happens after that?
Will these characters live in my head forever?
Will they have further adventures?
Will the things they do after this series is over eventually lead to another series?
Or will it be time to let them retire in peace?
I honestly don’t know.
But I guess that’s a question to confront next summer.
In the meantime… I’m sure my threes of fans are wondering what the heck is going on with Unquickened.
Well, as I mentioned, most of my energies are focused on the freelance copywriting, because as much as I love Connor and Mairead and all the rest, they have not yet managed to find a way to transfer any Sidh gold to my bank account. So although I am reliably contributing 1,000 draft-quality words to the story, I’m not spending any other time on The Taurin Chronicles right now.
But that’s about to change.
Here’s the plan:
- I am going to finally–finally–re-read Bloodbonded, hopefully this weekend. Maybe. Or at least mostly this weekend. But this re-read serves two purposes: proofing the print version and tagging continuity notes.
- Order a print cover for Bloodbonded and finally get it published.
- Create an encyclopedia (or something) of all my continuity notes from Ravenmarked and Bloodbonded.
- Edit Unquickened. This will take a while.
- Continue drafting Soultainted and Wisdomkept. I’ll keep y’all posted on that progress.
The biggest obstacle at this point is the freelance business side of things. Don’t get me wrong–I love what I’m doing there, and I want to keep doing it and building it back up! But because that’s my priority, The Taurin Chronicles is going to have to happen in the evenings and on weekends.
But I’m done futzing around with this thing. Y’all have waited long enough. It’s not going to be quick or easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is, right?
So that’s where we stand. This whole post is probably only really exciting to about twelve people, but there you have it–the status and the plan.