My spare time has been in pretty short supply for the last few weeks, with a dense thicket of video game reviews for BrainLazy taking up a good amount of my leisure hours. The flow of games seems to have tapered off now, so it is back to work trying to get another novel done. I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback from some of my readers, and as I was thinking about how best to put it to use in my future projects, I thought it might be nice to let everyone know just what those future projects were.
The very next thing on the menu, as I’ve discussed elsewhere, is the followup to Bypass Gemini. (Still no name on that one. Naming the book is usually one of the last things I do.) After that, if all goes according to plan, will be a novel length Book of Deacon continuation which will take place well after the events of Jade – which should give readers of that story some idea of where it takes place in comparison to the original trilogy. Both of these books have got at least a few dozen pages written already, but neither is particularly near completion. They were also both planned out prior to any of my other books getting much serious attention or feedback.
Once those two books are finished, I can start working on putting together the first ideas to be developed since a substantial readership began to form, and it seems from some of the comments I’m getting that the character people most want to see more from is Lain. What you see of him in the books certainly suggests he’d have a tremendous amount of back story that would make for good reading, if I can assemble it. I’ll definitely have to start thinking about how best to revisit the character, but I’ll warn that a story about him might take some time to come out. He really was one of my favorite characters, and if I want to do him justice for a second outing, it will have to be done carefully.
There are also a few seeds of ideas knocking around my head for shorter stories based on individual characters, or what my friend has dubbed “Sidequests.” (Technically Jade is a Sidequest, as seen on the books page, but how exactly it ties in remains to be revealed.) Ivy will probably see a semi-solo outing in one of these. There are at least two more books in the Sci Fi series that I could envision writing, and it should be mentioned that that full length continuation to The Book of Deacon is currently being written in a document with the file name “Unnamed Second Trilogy.odt.”
Now that you’ve got a glimpse into just how crowded my head is right now, I’ll close with a few announcements. I pushed an updated version of The Book of Deacon (Book 1) that has corrected a handful of typos. Bypass Gemini is now officially available on Barnes & Noble, for you Nook holdouts. Also, depending on how things look in a month or two, I might (MIGHT) be reaching out to you fine people for advice regarding whether or not I should try to do something that would have been unthinkable to me a few months ago. In parting, I’ll share with you a screenshot I took a few days ago that made my jaw drop.
Thank you all.