Something I always hate is when I’m in the middle of one project, and an idea for second project shows up in my head. It happened when I was writing The Majin Among us with the long since shelved project simply titled COLA, and it’s happened now.
For those who don’t follow my Facebook page, why the hell not!? Also, amidst the vast amounts of links to Vegas Golden Knights news and net neutrality arguments, I do post progress reports on my projects that are too short to include in a blog post. If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you’ll know that Realm of the War Pigs, Book 1 of The Highway Men, is in the proofreading phases. I finished the writing for it this past Thursday, and before I pack my shit and move into mynew apartment, I have been getting as much proofreading into the second draft as possible.
Then, earlier today, I decided to just sit down, and write out a thought in my head. This thought, as of this writing, has since become one chapter of a new idea I have for a… Thing.
I know for sure this much about the project. Essentially, it’s a superhero story told from the perspective of a reporter. Not the most original idea, probably… Although so far, the reporter in my story is a Hunter S. Thompson caliber mess. Articles often devolve into rambling madness, she often hooks up with both the hero AND the villain. There’s probably some bingedrinking and some peyote involved, but I haven’t gotten that far into the story yet.
The original title was going to be Fear and Loathing in Metropolis, but I figured DC would sue me into oblivion for that one. So I’m making a universe of my own. Which I honestly like better. Also, I don’t have to slog through hundreds of thousands of articles on random wikis about this or that. I can really just make it up as I go when it’s MY universe. All the more reason I tend to favor fictional towns and fictional worlds.
This is in no way or shape guaranteed to manifest into anything right now. While I AM tinkering with this idea in my downtime, a lot of my energy is focused on finishing book 1 of The Highway Men. The rest… Well, the rest is focused on the move.
The thing about The Highway Men, though, is that I’m planning on making it a more episodic series. Sure, it would benefit the reader to start at book 1, and read them in order. However, if you’re like my mom, and pick up book 3 thinking it’s all the same no matter what, you probably won’t be as lost with The Highway Men as you might be with something like The Gael Saga.
An episodic series means I can take breaks from it when I get bored, and focus on other ideas when I’m not feeling it. Trust me, after The Gael Saga, I don’t know if I’m going to do another continuous series like that. I was very proud of how that series turned out, and I still am for the most part. However, I still remember how much of a slog that project ended up being, and how much I wanted to work on other projects while I was banging out book 2 and book 3. Especially book 3.
With a more episodic approach, I can either keep riding the momentum all the way into the next one, or I can take a break and try out a new project idea like I appear to be now. It’ll probably annoy the people who want me to just shut up and write their favorite series… But whatever. If the internet has taught me anything in my lifetime, it’s that it is literally impossible to please everybody. I’m thankful for every fan I get, and every review I receive, but at the same time, I’m in no hurry to give the pen to the audience.
Again, I can’t guarantee anything will come of this tinkering. However, if something does, I’ll be sure to talk about it here as well as my facebook.